School Reopening

As the Reopening Task Force, with members of the SCS staff, parents, and administration, prepares for reopening the school district, we must remain flexible in our planning. While we have developed a plan to resume classes in September (see below), it is possible that our district will participate in any combination of: in-person learning in the classrooms, virtual learning at home, or a hybrid combination of each that will encompass varied learning styles during the next year. Guidance from local, state, and federal governments, as well as coordination with other regional districts, will have direct influence on what the school year will look like. It is also important to take into consideration the needs of SCS students and their families.

Schoharie Central School District is planning to offer in-person, socially distant instruction for students in grades K-12.  Families who wish to have their students attend school remotely must have notified the District if they intend to engage in fully virtual learning by the date of August 14, 2020.  Any changes in regards to virtual instruction, or in-person instruction, may only be made at the end of each marking period to ensure continuity of instruction, with the exception of a period of medically recommended tutoring.  It is important to note that the District plan can be superseded by Schoharie County or NYS Guidance to move to a virtual model based on the current pandemic.

The plan outlined here is for the reopening of schools in the Schoharie Central School District for the 2020-21 school year, following the building closure related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Plan Highlights

  • Grades K-8 will be in-person everyday. Grades 9 and 11 will be in person for two days in a row and then virtual for two days in a row. Grades 10 and 12 will be virtual for two days in a row and then in-person for two days in a row.
  • Where necessary to support social distancing, class sizes have been reduced.
  • Transportation will be provided by building (K-5 and 6-12) while maintaining social distancing.
  • The 6-12 school day will be 7:50 a.m. to 1:38 p.m. and will have first pickup and drop off.
  • The K-5 school day will be 9 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. and will have the second pickup and drop off.
  • Masks will be required for all staff and students (mask breaks will be built into the day).
  • Virtual instruction will be provided to any family who requests it (on a quarterly or trimesterly basis). Please notify the district by Friday, August 14, 2020.
  • There will be no extracurricular activities, extra help (Period 10), or late buses. Athletics have been postponed through Sept.  21, 2020.
  • The first day of classes for the 2020-21 school year will be Monday, Sept. 14. There will be superintendent’s conference days for Tuesday, Sept. 8, Wednesday, Sept. 9, Thursday, Sept. 10 and Friday, Sept. 11. (This is pending Board of Education approval).

Full Reopening Plan

Reopening Plan: Remote Learning, COVID Testing and Contact Tracing Sections

Nursing Guidance: Daily Health Screening, Sending Students to the Health Office, Caring for Symptomatic Students, Returning to School

COVID-19 Educational Resources Page

Reopening Plan Frequently Asked Questions

Reopening Feedback Form

Reopening Virtual Learning, Transportation Preference Forms

Aug. 10 Public Forum Recording, Slide Presentation

Aug. 18 Public Forum Recording, Slide Presentation – 10 a.m.

Aug. 18 Public Forum Recording, Slide Presentation – 5 p.m.

Reopening News

In an executive order, Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced that as of Tuesday, Sept. 8, New York school districts are required to provide the state department of health daily data on the number of positive infections among students, teachers, school employees or volunteers in each school, along with other data.

Here is the Dashboard for COVID-19 Data in Schools.

More Information

NYSED School Reopening Resources

NYSED Reopening Guidance Press Release

NYSED Framework for Reopening Schools