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We are centralizing all 2020-2021 School Reopening updates on this page for easy access for our community members.
Updated August 12, 2020
REOPENING PLAN FOR SEPTEMBER 2020
To view Averill Park CSD's reopening plan, click here.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
To view a document containing Frequently Asked Questions, click here. This document will be continuously updated.
VIRTUAL COMMUNITY PRESENTATIONS
- Reopening Presentation (July 27)
- District-Wide Forum (Aug. 10)
- BOE Meeting (Aug. 10)
- Elementary Forum (Aug. 11)
- Middle School Forum (Aug. 11)
- High School Forum (Aug. 11)
- Superintendent Forum (Aug. 12)
To submit a question to the district about reopening, email email@example.com
BUILDING LEVEL REOPENING PRESENTATIONS
The Averill Park Central School District solicited questions from community members about its 2020-2021 reopening plan, which was submitted to the State Education Department on July 31. This week, principals from the high school, middle school and elementary schools recorded presentations addressing many of the questions and comments that were submitted. These presentations are building and grade level specific.
K-12 Reopening Presentations
CORRESPONDENCE FROM THE DISTRICT
Announcement from Governor Cuomo (August 7, 2020)
Building Level Reopening Presentations (August 5, 2020)
2020-2021 Revised School Calendar (July 29, 2020)
Reopening Plan Presentation (July 27, 2020)
Reopening Plan Virtual Community Presentation Info (July 27, 2020)
Tentative Reopening Plan Information (July 22, 2020)
Parent Survey Results & SED Guidance (July 17, 2020)
Reopening Update Letter (July 13, 2020)
Update on School Reopening (July 8, 2020)
A Message from Superintendent Dr. Franchini (June 19, 2020)
2020-21 REVISED DISTRICT CALENDAR
On Tuesday, July 28th, the Averill Park Central School District Board of Education approved the revised 2020-21 calendar. The revised calendar moves the Superintendent's Conference Day that was originally scheduled on November 3rd to September 8th, which will increase our conference days before school starts from two to three.
The District will be able to use these three days to better prepare to educate students, regardless of the instructional model chosen. Please note that this change will make September 9th the first day of student attendance, as opposed to September 8th.
AVERILL PARK REOPENING TASK FORCE AND SUB-COMMITTEES
In preparation for reopening, we have created a Reopening Task Force and five Reopening Sub-Committees made up of stakeholders of the District with specific purposes.Those committees include:
- Teaching and Learning
- Social-Emotional Needs
- Finance and Operations
- Staff and Student Health
- Staff Culture and Well Being
The task force and sub-committees are already working hard on plans in anticipation of NYSED’s further guidance. After completing their work, the sub-committees will bring their plans back to the task force who will then use that information to create the comprehensive district-wide reopening plans to submit to NYSED by July 31.
We thank all the staff and community members who have volunteered their time and skills for our sub-committees.
To prepare for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, the District created a School Re-Entry Survey for parents which concluded on July 12. As the District develops plans for reopening schools, community feedback is essential.
In total, 1,712 responses were logged. We have compiled the results of this survey, which can be found here.
The Officers of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA), voted to delay the official start date of the Fall 2020 sports season, cancel the Fall 2020 Regional and State Championships and prepare to implement a condensed season schedule in January 2021 if high school sports remain prohibited throughout 2020 due to COVID-19. This decision comes at the recommendation of the NYSPHSAA COVID-19 Task Force.
STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT GUIDANCE
On July 16, the State Education Department provided guidance regarding the reopening of school buildings in the fall. This voluminous document is 145 pages and will help guide districts in developing final plans for reopening, which must be submitted to the state by July 31. During the first week of August, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo will decide in what capacity schools may reopen in the fall.