More schools choose to go remote into the new year

Full in-person classroom instruction is quickly becoming a thing of the past, at least temporarily. Surging coronavirus cases are causing schools to go fully remote. Some doing it for the second time since the pandemic began. Across the area, school districts are releasing their tentative in-person return times.

Posted: Dec 7, 2020 6:27 PM
Updated: Dec 7, 2020 9:14 PM

WKTV -- Full in-person classroom instruction is quickly becoming a thing of the past, at least temporarily. Surging coronavirus cases are causing schools to go fully remote. Some doing it for the second time since the pandemic began. Across the area, school districts are releasing their tentative in-person return times.

On January 4th, Whitesboro, Sauquoit, and Little Falls plan on returning to in-person learning. Westmoreland, Rome, Oriskany, and New York Mills plan on returning on January 11th.

Holland Patent and Camden schools are choosing to return on January 19th. These dates could be extended. 

Rome City Schools announced they were going remote over the weekend. Superintendent Peter Blake said the county's coronavirus quarantine rules and the rise in cases are what led to his decision.

"The quarantine restrictions did get a little bit more restrictive which was a change. That is to keep people safe and from moving people around as much as possible. With the combination of that and the community spread that's been happening, we just thought it was safer to go remote for a little while to try and make sure we don't have any further issues within our community," said Blake.

Notre Dame Schools are still going with in-person learning since the school system was allowed to reopen.

"From this point, we have been fortunate. And we would like to chalk that up to the precautions we've put in place," said Executive Principal Roy Kane.

Kane said the school has stuck to its original plan. Students are grouped into Cohorts and grades in the high school are separated by floor. Students wear masks and are socially distanced when inside the classrooms. Students are also asked to walk in certain directions up and down the hallways.

As cases continue to rise, Kane said Notre Dame is prepared to go remote if needed.

"If we see a turn in the county, but more importantly in the building, we can make a change," said Kane.

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