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Richfield Springs School District discusses reopening plans

The Richfield Springs Central School District held two virtual reopening meetings Thursday night to answer parent questions and discuss their reopening plans.

Posted: Aug 27, 2020 10:41 PM

The Richfield Springs Central School District held two virtual reopening meetings Thursday night to answer parent questions and discuss their reopening plans.

The RSCSD reopening plan included in-person instruction five days a week for Pre-K through eighth grade students.

District officials says due to the higher number of course offerings and limited classroom square footage, students in grades nine through twelve will attend on alternating days, with distance learning taking place on days that students receive off-campus instruction.

All school staff that are able to serve will be in on campus daily.

According to Jeff Busch, the middle school and high school guidance counselor, there will not be virtual learning, but rather remote or distance learning.

“We will not be live streaming classroom lessons to families or students for a variety of reasons," Busch said.

If parents want their children to be remote only, they will need to submit a request in writing as soon as possible to Tom Piatti, Superintendent of Schools at tpiatti@richfieldcsd.org.

"The district will basically assess each request and seek medical documentation regarding the student's medical condition and how it impacts the student's access to education in order to determine whether the student necessitates remote instruction," Busch said. "Once we know more about the numbers, delivery models will be determined. We'll be in touch late next week in regards to what those delivery models will look like."

The middle school and high school principal, Lee Supensky, says they will have a plan before school starts regarding what they will do if someone in the district gets COVID-19 or if there is an outbreak and the school has to shut down.

"In a quarantine circumstance, if that were to happen here then they would be going virtual," Supensky said.

You can find more information on the district's reopening plans here.

The first day of school for Richfield Springs students will be Sept. 8.

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