NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. - A parent in the New Hartford school district says he is not in favor of the reopening plans because he wants his child to be in school everyday.
Ed Wickham's 9-year-old daughter attends Robert E. Myles Elementary School.
The school's reopening plan is a 3-2 model which divides students into two main groups. Both groups will have in-person instruction twice a week and every other Friday on a rotating basis. When not attending school in person, students will attend class and complete assignments online.
"I'd rather have her go [to school] everyday," Wickham said. "At this time in her life, school is going to be a big part, it's a building block, she needs that structure, she needs to be there, she's not going to get that from a computer."
Many parents have similar concerns. Another issue is daycare for the days that kids are not in school but their parents still have to go to work.
"Daycare is a problem," Wickham said. "Finding a daycare who is going to allow her to be on the internet six hours a day and monitor her while she goes to class, if not she comes home and she has to do work in three hours, then go to bed to get up to go to school the next morning."
He says the other problem with daycare is that several kids in the same facility will most likely be from different school districts.
“The way I feel about it is, if we can even find one, she is going to be with 20 other kids from around the county, school districts are going to be in the same daycare," Wickham said. "The following day, she is going to be with students in her classroom, it's just a matter of time, someone is going to get sick."
He says this is a concern when it comes to contact tracing.
"Now they’re [the health department] going to contact trace her back to her daycare and they’re going to start tracing those kids and find that those kids went to other school districts and other classrooms," Wickham said. "I would rather have her in the classroom with all of her classmates everyday because she’s at least with the same kids every day.”
New Hartford's first day of school is Sept. 8.
If you have concerns or questions for the district, you can send them email@example.com.
The full reopening plan can be found here.