Reopening Our Schools

The East Greenbush CSD has formed a School Opening Task Force to develop plans to help safely reopen schools in the fall. As we develop reopening plans for submission to the state, our priorities will be the health and safety of all students and staff and the academic and social emotional needs of our students.

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The East Greenbush Central School District presented its preliminary reopening plan at a public Board of Education meeting on Wednesday evening. Nearly 600 people watched the live streamed meeting at which Superintendent Jeff Simons presented information about the hybrid model of in-person, remote and live virtual instruction.

Under the plan, all K-12 students would be guaranteed direct interaction with their teachers and some of their peers, which has not been possible since schools were closed on March 16. All students would attend in-person classes two days a week, have live virtual instruction once a week and remote learning two days a week. (Students enrolled in all day special education classes would attend school four days a week.)

“I can tell you with a level of confidence that the Task Force, myself and the administrative team are putting in front of our board and community what we believe to be is the safest and the most sound program that provides educational quality to our students,” Mr. Simons said during his presentation.

The district shared the preliminary reopening plan with staff and families on Monday so they could read the 95-page document and prepare any questions or concerns ahead of the presentation. The reopening plan is due to the NYS Education Department by July 31, however, the district can make revisions to the plan after that date as it considers feedback from the school community.

The district will continue to engage with the school community by hosting virtual community input sessions on Wednesday, August 5 at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, August 13 at 6:30 p.m. More information about these presentations will be shared when it becomes available.

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