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Grade 6-12 Full Return to In-Person Instruction on April 26, 2021

Dear Clarkstown Secondary Level Faculty, Staff and Parents:

I hope this communication finds you in good health and spirits.

Today, I am writing to inform you that students in Grades 6-12 will return to school on Monday, April 26 with physical distancing inside 6 feet and the usage of tri-fold desk barriers.  

During the April 20 Board of Education meeting, I presented detailed information, including feedback from the Rockland County Department of Health. The slides from my presentation are available here.

This change in our instructional model includes the following points of emphasis:

  • The choice of instructional models, In-Person or Remote, were made by parents during our survey in March.
  • If parents did not complete the survey by the deadline of March 22, by default, the student(s) will remain in their current instructional platform on April 26.
  • Students can shift from one instructional platform to the other one time during the marking period.
  • When deciding to make a shift, Principals will accept the request from parents on Monday and Tuesday, and will process the request for a shift of Remote to In-Person with the intent to grant it by the following Monday.
  • The middle school and both high schools will not be granting requests for students to return to In-Person Instruction on a daily basis. Preparations need to be made for classrooms with desks and barriers and teachers and principals need advance time to know who is attending in the two instructional platforms.
  • The Wednesday Remote format for all students remains in effect as it allows for teachers to have all students in one instructional place at one time.
  • Building Principals are navigating all operational matters with administrative colleagues, teachers and staff. More detailed information will come from the building principals about matters such as lunch protocols.
  • Students riding the bus in Grades 6-12 need to wear double masks at all times regardless of the number of students on the buses and whether or not such number results in social distancing inside 6 feet.

Please be reminded that all leadership decisions since March 12, 2020 continue to center on judgment and risk.  That said, it is important to note that the health and safety of students, teachers and staff in all schools requires a collaborative effort. The COVID-19 pandemic is not over and health and safety protocols of mask wearing, appropriate social distancing, and handwashing need to continue.

 

Thank you.

Stay strong! Stay healthy!

 

Sincerely,

Signature

Martin D. Cox, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools