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Whitesboro superintendent: Schools cannot accomodate full return to in-person learning

Whitesboro Central School District Superintendent Brian Bellair says a 100% return to in-person schooling will not be possible this fall.

Posted: Jul 28, 2020 1:04 PM

 WHITESBORO, N.Y. – Whitesboro Central School District Superintendent Brian Bellair says a 100% return to in-person schooling will not be possible this fall.

All New York schools are working to develop reopening plans, which need to be submitted to the state for review by Friday.

Whitesboro is considering a hybrid model, where students would physically go to school on alternate days, and learn remotely on the other days.

Bellair says due to the number of students and amount of space available, it wouldn’t be feasible to return to school full-time.

“As a District, we are obligated to comply with NYS Department of Health and New York State Education Department regulations and guidance. For that reason, a 100% return to school for all students is not possible,” he said in a message posted to the district’s website.

The district put out a survey to get feedback from parents, and some were concerned to see going back to 100% in-person classes was not an option.

“Our buildings’ physical footprints are only about one-third to one-half the size required to do so for the nearly 3,800 students and staff usually in our buildings each day. For that reason, we did not include an option for a 100% return to in-person schooling on the survey as it is not possible for us to do,” Bellair added.

To fill out the survey, click here.

Bellair says the final plan will be posted to the district’s website after it is submitted to the Department of Education for review on Friday.

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