NEW YORK MILLS N.Y.- The New York Mills Union Free School District held an online forum Thursday evening about reopening schools this fall.
The forum was hosted by Superintendent Joanne Shelmidine.
People who listened in were able to ask questions in an online chat room. The plan announced Thursday is fluid, as the plan may change in the future.
Topics brought up included how visitors coming to schools would be handled, how meetings would be done during the school year, and importantly if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19.
If a positive case of coronavirus was discovered in the New York Mills Union Free School District, the district would notify the Oneida County Health Department, which would then conduct contact tracing.
“We would notify them (the health department) for example (of) who was in the classroom. And it doesn’t mean that everybody from that classroom has to quarantine, but it will require all of us to make sure that we are checking symptoms, and being a little bit more hypervigilant to make sure that all of our students and staff are safe.” said Shelmidine. “That’s why all of our classrooms right now are expected to follow social distancing protocols.” Shelmidine added.
In the event of a possible shutdown, the district is trying to order enough cromebooks so the schools could immediately switch to remote learning.
The students would have their own device, and would not have to worry about sharing devices with other students or parents.
Currently, the district has enough cromebooks for grades 7-12, and is continuously ordering chromebooks so eventually the district would have enough for all students in grades K-12.