District-Wide Reopening Plans

District-Wide Reopening Plans
Posted on 08/03/2020

Reopening Plans

On Monday, July 13, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that all school districts in New York State must develop plans to reopen in-person schooling for the upcoming school year. On Friday, July 31, 2020, an outline of our reopening plans was submitted to the State and a draft of the plan was posted on our website for you to review. Please keep in mind that this plan is subject to change. The State is taking this upcoming week to review the plans submitted by NYS districts, and ultimately, they will announce their final guidance on the reopening of school on August 7, 2020. 

In-Person Learning and Opt-Out

The District has worked hard on formulating this plan based on guidelines from federal and state agencies, gathering stakeholder feedback, and adjusting the plan details accordingly.  Our plan includes models for in-person instruction for grades PreK-5, a hybrid model that combines in-person and off-campus learning for grades 6-12, and virtual learning options for parents who wish to opt-out of in-person learning altogether and keep their children at home.

Where to Find Updates

Located on the homepage of our district website, www.fortannschool.org  the district has developed a “COVID-19 Updates and Reopening Plans” webpage to provide access to the plan and information on reopening.  It is important to note that this plan may change as new guidance is released. It is also possible that we may need to alternate between in-person and off-campus learning throughout the year due to recommendations and guidance from our partnering agencies, and stay-at-home orders from the Governor.

Virtual Board Meeting

We hope that you will join us virtually during our August 18, 2020, Board of Education meeting, during which we will update the board members on reentry plans for the district, including recommendations and challenges. The Governor is scheduled to decide next week as to how and when districts are allowed to reopen this fall. The district submitted a plan to the State Education Department for three potential scenarios on Friday, July 31, 2020.

Our Promise

While the education of the children in this community is our top priority, the health and safety of our students, staff, and families is paramount to a successful learning environment. The level of infection, the spread of the virus, and response to the disease in our community will be at the forefront of our decision making as we move to open our schools.

We hope with due diligence and detailed planning; students, faculty, and staff will feel comfortable and safe returning to school.


Kevin A. Froats, Superintendent of Schools

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