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Reopening of Schools - Status Updates - Fall 2021

Coping with COVID-19
Information about the Saratoga County Public Health Services Quarantining Processes and New York State Vaccination Resources has been added to the Coping with COVID-19 webpage HERE.

 

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School Opened and Students Returned to the Classrooms on September 8, 2021

Please review the revised Reopening Plan Framework which can be found HERE.  In addition, please review the latest Message from the Superintendent posted HERE.

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On Friday, August 27, 2021 the NYS Department of Health issued the following order:

Effective immediately, in accordance with the Commissioner's Determination issued pursuant to 10 NYCRR 2.60, any person over the age of 2 (including all students, personnel, teachers, administrators, contractors, and visitors) must wear masks at all times indoors in P-12 school buildings, regardless of vaccination status. People with medical or developmental conditions that prevent them from wearing a mask may be exempted from mask requirements, as documented by a medical provider. People do not need to wear masks when eating, drinking, singing, or playing a wind instrument; when masks are removed for these purposes, individuals must be spaced six feet apart. All mask requirements must be applied consistently with any state and federal law (e.g., Americans with Disabilities Act).

This order was incorporated into the District’s Reopening Plan which was presented to the Board of Education on September 1, 2021 at 7:00pm. Click HERE for more information.

 

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The District is currently reviewing our reopening framework that is built on the recommendations in the July 9 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control  (CDC) with our internal groups. Our work is based on the July 9, 2021 Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools and the July 27 Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as the July 18 COVID-19 Guidance for Safe Schools from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).  We will be posting this information, conducting a community wide survey and ideally hosting staff and community forums during August.

Reopening of School - Framework for Fall 2021 (08.16.21)
We are excited to continue our planning for the upcoming school year focusing on having all students back to in-person learning each day of the week. As we all know, last year was full of challenges both large and small as we dealt with the ongoing changes in requirements and plans. It was dizzying to say the least! However, as a community we worked through each one of those challenges together all the while learning a great deal about what can work and what does not always work so well for our students despite our best efforts. Throughout it all, our collective focus on the health and safety of our students was critical and it will be again this year. Despite having fewer requirements currently in place, we will need an even greater focus on the physical and mental health of our children this year so that we, in turn, can focus on providing excellent opportunities for in-person teaching and learning. While we are spending, and will continue to spend, countless hours on phone calls, video conferencing, in in-person meetings, and responding to parent questions and concerns as we develop the details of the Framework, as a community we are going to have to come together and agree to set certain differences aside so that we minimize or eliminate disruptions to our students’ learning. The history of this district suggests that this can and will be done. 

With this in mind, please review the updated Reopening Plan Framework which can be found here on our website.  In addition, please review the latest Message from the Superintendent posted HERE.

Please see the August 18 update to our Reopening Plan Framework posted HERE and the August 19 Reopening Q and A video posted HERE. The next update to the plan will be on September 1

 

 

Reopening Plan Survey Request: 
The Ballston Spa Central School District is in the process of developing our Fall 2021 Reopening Plan with the goal of providing in-person learning for all students without disruption and with the least amount of restrictions necessary to maintain the health and safety of our students and staff. 

Our current draft reopening plan framework is on our website for your review. Please click HERE to access the plan. To develop additional details in the plan based on feedback from students, parents and caregivers, staff, and community members, we are asking for assistance in two keys areas - face mask requirements and transportation intentions. Regarding face masks, please understand that our intention is to require them only when the measures described in the plan warrant it. When these measures are lower, masks would be an individual choice. 

Please complete the survey posted (now closed) by 8/11.

 

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Classes are scheduled to begin in the Ballston Spa CSD on September 8, 2021. 

Superintendent Conference Days will be held on September 1 and 2, 2021 for all staff. 

The school year calendar is posted HERE for additional dates/information.