UTICA, N.Y. - The Utica City School District unveiled their reopening plans for the 2020-2021 school year.
The Board of Education approved the plan at a meeting on Tuesday.
After reviewing the New York State Department of Health and New York State Department of Education guidance, the District-Wide School Reopening Task Force determined that a phased-in approach is the most effective for the health and safety of the students and the staff.
According to district superintendent, Bruce Karam, under this approach, the school year is currently scheduled to open with a hybrid model of in-person instruction blended with remote learning for elementary students. Middle and high school students will begin the year with remote learning.
A hybrid model blending in-person instruction and remote learning will be phased in beginning at the middle schools, and then at the high school, at a time determined by the school district based on conditions and metrics.
“We’re going to be very cautious; we’re going to take it one step at a time and we’re going to phase everything very slowly because the number one concern is going to be the health and safety of our students and staff," Karam said. “We’re going to look at the data, how everything is going in the elementary, the status of Oneida County and take it from there."
You can watch the full board meeting and see the full presentation here.
The reopening plan will be submitted to the state by Friday, July 31. Governor Cuomo is expected to make a decision about schools reopening the first week in August.