ORISKANY, N.Y. -- It was the first day back -in- the school for many students in the Oriskany School District. Oriskany is now instructing students on a mostly hybrid schedule. Pre-K and kindergarten kids are attending classes in person four days a week, but the rest of the district is on an A/B schedule with a deep clean day in between. Oriskany Superintendent of Schools Timothy Gaffney thought it was important students know what to expect for the school year.
"Because it’s so brand new, you know the hallways look different, the classrooms look different, the water fountains look different. Everything’s different because of the (regulations) we wanted to use these 2 days, Thursday and Friday when our kids come in with instruction as well, but we wanted to model what this new environment’s going to look like for our students."
"We’re going to talk about some things in terms of orientation, but we’re going to talk about a lot of things in terms of safety, and what our new normal is going to look like." Principal Jamie Grimshaw explained what the new protocols are and what’s expected from the students while they’re in school. Online learning should be vastly improved with new technologies installed for better audio and video quality, and teachers are now up to speed on virtual lessons.
The Superintendent also talked about the factors that went into the hybrid model the district is currently using.
"It was really the classroom spacing to make sure our students were safe, make sure our staff was comfortable in teaching. It was our transportation. You know how many buses do we have and how many students can we fit on a bus run, and how much faculty do we have to support student learning, because when you divide your classes, you really have to weigh in on all those factors to come up with a plan."
Should there be any kind of virus outbreak, the school will coordinate with the Department of Health on whether to proceed with in school learning.