UTICA, N.Y. -- After over a year of virtual or hybrid learning, the majority of Utica public schools are set to go to full in-person beginning April 12.
The reopening plan was put forward by superintendent Bruce Karam and approved by the city Board of Education in a meeting Thursday night. It comes after the CDC revised its guidelines to allow for three feet of distance between students at schools, rather than six feet. It also comes after Oneida County released a series of reopening strategies, stating that two students can be able to sit in a row on a bus if they are wearing masks and face shields. District officials confirm that they have nearly 12,000 face shields at their disposal which will be distributed to students.
9th and 10th graders at Proctor High School will have to wait to return to full in person instruction. District Administrative Director Steven Falchi says their return to full-time in-person learning will depend on the success of the return of 11th and 12th graders. He cites the size of Proctor High School in the complexity of the decision. Students will continue their current schedules until their return to in-person learning.