Planning for the 2020-21 school year

July 8, 2020

Dear Duanesburg Central Schools Community:

July is usually a time when districts settle on dates and plans for the school year starting in the fall. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, however, there is nothing usual about this year. While there are many unknowns, we are continuing to plan, as our goal to provide a high quality educational experience in an engaging environment remains unchanged.

DCS’s administrative, educational and support staff, and Board of Education are all committed to making the 2020-21 school year a positive experience despite any obstacles. Because of rapidly changing conditions, this will be the first of many such communications, and I will keep you up-to-date as plans move forward.

Working with guidance from New York State and local health authorities, the district will address:
● Procedures and learning environment modifications necessary to reopen schools safely for students and staff.
● Building-specific procedures for on-site teaching and learning at the Elementary School and at the Jr./Sr. High School.
● Creating contingency plans for phasing between on-site and remote learning if such a situation was necessary in the future.
● The assignment and distribution of electronic devices to all students, while ensuring that each student can access remote learning.
● Protocols for health screening of students and staff, wearing of masks, and the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) and sanitizer.
● Procedures for safe student transportation.

I know that while we have questions about what school will look like in the fall, please know that I am committed to ensuring that the 2020-21 school year is one that we can look back on with pride. Thank you for your understanding and partnership.

Dr. James Niedermeier
Superintendent of Schools