UTICA, N.Y. --- The Utica City School district announced on Friday elementary school students will return to the classroom on Monday, Nov. 2. The district said the return date for middle school and high school students will be determined by the status of the Coronavirus.
"We're taking a wait and see approach, a cautious approach. We will take a look at our middle schools and then our high schools will be the last ones to phase in," said Steven Falchi, Administrative Director of Instruction.
The school's original hybrid learning model will be used. Students will be in school either Monday and Tuesday or Thursday and Friday. Wednesdays will be fully remote.
The district plans on having markers on the floor to promote social distancing and masks will be required inside of the building. Students and staff will also have their temperatures checked before entering the building.
Procedures may change, but the district said the in-person learning style will remain the same.
"The instruction will look like what they're used to seeing in school, they'll be face to face with the teacher. The students that will be involved in remote learning on the days they are not in person will still have contact with their teacher, posted lessons, and will be the same for the students that have opted for the full remote option," said Falchi.
If the district does receive positive cases, the decision to close schools will be determined on a case by case basis. If the schools do need to go fully remote, the district said students will go back to their Google Classroom learning.