Duanesburg CSD school reopening plan for 2020-21

NOTE: If for any reason you have difficulty accessing this plan, please contact Celeste Junge in the office of the superintendent at cjunge@duanesburg.org,(518) 895-2279.

For information by category in this reopening schools plan please access the specific link on the right column of this web page. This plan will be updated as necessary, with links to updated information listed here.
Updated 8/7: Face coverings required for all students
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Introduction

On Monday, July 13, 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that school districts in New York can follow plans to reopen for in-person schooling in September if COVID-19 infection rates stay at 5% or lower in a given region. 

Determinations will be made by region about opening and closing schools as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. If a region is in Phase 4 and has a daily infection rate of 5% or lower over a 14-day average, schools in that region could hold in-person instruction. If daily infection rates exceed 9% over a seven-day average, however, schools in that region would not reopen. Similarly, should a region see such an average after reopening, schools in that region would also be directed to close.

While districts have been instructed to prioritize efforts to return all students to in-person instruction, the district is also planning for remote/distance learning as well as for a hybrid model that combines in-person instruction and remote learning. Parents will always have the choice to remain in the remote learning model upon request of the appropriate building principal. The plan outlined here is for the reopening of schools in the Duanesburg Central School District for the 2020-21 school year, following the building closure related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This plan includes procedures that will be followed in the following schools:

Duanesburg Elementary School

Andrea Conover, Principal
165 Chadwick Road, Delanson, NY 12053
(518) 895-2310/2580
aconover@duanesburg.org

Duanesburg Jr./Sr. High School

Jodi L. Marvin, Principal
163 School Drive, Delanson, NY 12053
(518)895-3000
jmarvin@duanesburg.org

The health and safety of our students, our staff and their families is our top priority. We want students and employees to feel comfortable and safe returning to school campuses. Our reopening plan incorporates recommendations and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

It is possible that we may need to alternate between in-person and remote learning throughout the year due to recommendations and guidance from our partnering agencies, and stay-at-home orders from the Governor. 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.

Dr. James Niedermeier, Superintendent of the Duanesburg Central School District, will serve as the district’s COVID-19 Coordinator.  He will serve as a central contact for schools and stakeholders, families, staff and other school community members and will ensure the district is in compliance and following the best practices per state and federal guidelines.

Message from Superintendent of Schools on preparing for reopening of schools

Dear Duanesburg Central Schools Community:

In order to reopen our schools safely in the fall, some procedures and environments at DCS will undoubtedly look different than you have come to expect. Please know that while things may be a little  different, our goal to provide a high-quality educational experience in an engaging environment remains unchanged. 

We are committed to making the 20-21 school year a positive experience despite any obstacles. To do this, we will continue to rely upon our partnership with you and other DCS families. We thank you in advance for the increased role that we are asking you to play in these challenging times.

Sincerely,
Dr. James Niedermeier
Duanesburg Superintendent of Schools

Guiding Principles

  • The safety and well-being of our students and staff is our highest priority.
  • Social distancing will be maintained throughout the day. Staff and students in grades 2-12 will be required to wear masks at all times. Students in Pre-K-1 will be encouraged to wear masks at all times, but will only be required to do so whenever social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Student engagement and participation, regardless of learning mode, is essential for learning.

Caveat

These plans are a continual work in progress and by no means represent final guidance. Please continue to watch our reopening update notices.