On March 16, 2020, Governor Cuomo closed schools with an executive order starting March 18, 2020 for a period of two weeks. On May 1, 2020, the Governor of New York Closed schools with an executive order for the remainder of the academic year. New York developed a four phase reopening plan that included schools in the final phase. School districts across New York State received finalized reopening guidance on July 16, 2020. Our charge was to develop and submit a reopening plan by July 31, 2020. To accomplish this task, the District established a Reopening Task Force Committee consisting of: Administrators, teachers, health care professionals, and parents. The Committee was tasked with consuming the most up-to-date: research, statistics, guidance documents, reopening frameworks, and school reopening models. The Committee utilized the aforementioned information and their varied perspectives to construct a plan in the best interests of Geneseo Central School District Family members. The following functional areas were deliberated with an emphasis on facts, research and best practices.
- Health and Safety
- Social-Emotional Well-being
- Budget and Fiscal
- Teaching and Learning
- Technology and Connectivity
- Special Education
- Bilingual and World Languages
- Staffing and Human Resources
The safety of our community was of paramount importance in all decision-making processes. We investigated, collaborated, problem-solved, and debated the merits of each component of the plan. The resulting framework considers our local context while respecting national public health trends. Executive Orders, regulatory changes, data, and our experiences may cause us to pivot our course of action and subsequently alter the contents of this living document.
Click here to view the Reopening Plan for the Geneseo Central School District.