The Board of Education virtually held a special meeting on August 31 to receive further understanding of the District’s reopening plans and to identify areas of the plan that will receive further attention in the week prior to the September 8 school opening. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Giani and Board of Education President E. Anne Hayes explained how the reopening plan has evolved during the course of the summer and in response to regulations and guidance set by the New York State Department of Education, the New York State Department of Health and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Some of the topics discussed were building readiness, transportation routes, Chromebook distribution, security and nurses. Dr. Giani also emphasized that logging onto the parent portal is a valuable way for parents to obtain pertinent information about school opening plans, as well as student performance. He noted that information on the District’s reopening plans has been sent to households electronically and placed on the website. The District has also purchased 200 hot spots to provide to households in the District where internet access is deficient.

The meeting concluded with the trustees noting that there will be anxiety in the coming days, but with a guarantee to parents that the best interest of students and staff and their health is of the upmost importance in the days to come.

The next Board of Education meeting will be held on September 9.