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ESM School Reopening Plan - Stronger Together

Preparing to reopen for the 2020-21 school year in this new learning environment with protocols and practices for the health and safety of all is our highest priority. We developed a reopening plan focused on student learning and in adherence to guidance provided by the NYS Department of Health, the Executive Office of the Governor and the NYS Education Department.

Our ESM Reopening of School Plan — Stronger Together See (Plan Highlights PDF) or (Full Plan PDF) was developed by a District Advisory Committee of more than 150 stakeholders who shared their time, expertise and perspectives. More than 7,000 students, parents and staff members provided feedback and input through multiple surveys/questionnaires conducted in June and July. The plan recognizes the need for flexibility to address circumstances likely to change in the weeks, months and year ahead. 

Based on parent and staff questionnaires/feedback, the ESM Plan:
  • Provides live, interactive distance learning with a planned schedule 5 days per week for all families who have requested this learning model. 
  • Provides in-person instruction 5 days a week for families who would prefer this option. If the capacity for in-person learning is exceeded, a hybrid alternative (2 days in-person/3 days distance learning) will be implemented.
Staff, students and parents must learn new, mandated health and safety requirements to successfully start the school year. Therefore, the district has designed a phased-in, gradual implementation plan that meets these requirements, and also develops teacher-student and home-school relationships.

All students will begin the opening of school with virtual learning and then transition to their preferred learning model.

In early August, each school will offer further information through a variety of resources. Parents and guardians will have an opportunity to ask questions and seek clarification on the available learning models.

By August 14, we will ask parents/guardians to confirm their choice of learning model for their child(ren) for the 2020-21 school year. We anticipate that the first day of school for students will be Wednesday, September 9.

ESM Reopening of School Plan — Stronger Together