While students in Vermont and other states in the region won’t return to classes until fall, schools in New York are still set to reopen April 29.
Still, school districts in the Empire State are preparing to continue their online-learning programs indefinitely. “We find it difficult to believe that we’ll be opened up on the 29th”, says Dan Mannix, superintendent of the Beekmantown Central School District.
“But we are looking at best practices — isolation, safety,” he said. “And the procedures that have been established by the scientific community are the best practice.”
Thomas Palmer, superintendent of the Peru Central School District, says he’s waiting for guidance from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“I do think there will still be some digital responsibilities to provide instructions for students, so I’m not sure if he’s thinking we’re going to have wide open campus reopening at that time, or its going to be a gradual process. “
Until they know what’s in store for New York schools, officials say they’re taking things week to week. But they do plan to honor their graduating school seniors with festivities of some kind.
“We want to make sure that our seniors do have the ceremony, that they do have a graduation, a recognition of their twelve or thirteen years in the Beekmantown Central School District,” Mannix said.