State Releases School Re-Opening Guidelines

A recent blog post on AlbanyUpdate.com indicated that the State of New York was in the process of making decisions on fall school re-opening.

Last week, there was more news. On July 13, 2020, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) made a presentation to the Board of Regents entitled “Recovering, Rebuilding, and Renewing: the Spirit of New York’s Schools.” The presentation introduced the Regents to the state’s guidance on school re-opening.

Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said, “‘This framework and the guidance which will follow allows schools to plan for the upcoming school year under three different scenarios that aim to keep our children, educators and school personnel safe and [encourage] equitable access to high-quality services for all students.’”

Later last week, NYSED released its full guidance document pertaining to the school re-opening process. The document contains information on health and safety, facilities, nutrition, transportation, social-emotional well-being, school schedules, budget and fiscal matters, attendance and chronic absenteeism, technology and connectivity, teaching and learning, special education, bilingual education and world languages, and staffing and human resources.

UPDATE: On Monday, July 27, 2020, the State Education Department’s Office of Nonpublic School Services released separate guidance for nonpublic schools.

By July 31, all public districts and schools are required to submit their own school re-opening plans to the state. (UPDATE: Nonpublic schools have until August 7, 2020.) Gov. Andrew Cuomo is scheduled to make final decisions on school re-opening in the first week of August.

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms invites Christian schools to reach out to us if we may serve as an informational resource regarding school re-opening.