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The Board of Education has approved two changes to the instructional model: 1) Kindergarten students will resume five days a week of in-person learning starting on Monday, March 1. The Full Remote Program is still available to families. 2) Live Virtual Wednesdays will be eliminated for students in grades 1-5 starting March 10 to provide one additional in-person school day every other week. March 10 will be an in-person school day for B Day students and A Day students will have a remote day. The schedule will alternate going forward.

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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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