Shenendehowa’s Reopening School Plan September 2020 submitted to New York State…

Written by on July 29, 2020

On Monday, July 13, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that school districts in New York must develop plans to reopen for in-person schooling in September and the plan must be submitted to the New York State Education Department by July 31. A final determination on school opening in New York will be made by the Governor between August 1 and August 7.

Since the announcement to develop a reopening plan, Shenendehowa has been formulating a plan based on guidelines from federal and state agencies, gathering stakeholder feedback, and adjusting the plan details accordingly.

The Shenendehowa plan includes models for in-person instruction for grades K-6, a hybrid model that combines in-person and remote for grades 7-12, and virtual learning option for parents who opt to keep their children at home.

The district has developed a webpage to provide access to the plan and information on reopening ( It is important to note that this plan can change as new guidance is released. It is also possible that we may need to alternate between in-person and remote learning throughout the year due to recommendations and guidance from our partnering agencies, and stay-at-home orders from the Governor.

While education of the children in this community is our top priority, the health and safety of our students, staff and families is paramount to a successful learning environment. The level of infection, the spread of the virus and response to the disease in our community will be at the forefront of our decision making as we move to open our schools.

We hope with careful planning and due diligence, students and employees will feel comfortable and safe returning to school.