Return to School Plan 2020-2021
Beginning March 6, 2020, the District endeavored to provide continuity of learning for our students. We selected a mode that supports the overall health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Several Regional, Rockland County, and East Ramapo Central School District multi-stakeholder committees have convened to address the provisions of the New York State Education Department Reopening Guidance. This process involves the active engagement of stakeholders and data-collection from surveys, virtual meetings, and information sessions to develop recommendations for a safe return to school for students, faculty, and staff.
In alignment with the Governor’s office, schools will OPEN if the region (Rockland County) is in Phase IV (4), and the daily COVID-19 infection rate remains below 5% using a 14-day average. The East Ramapo Central School District’s unwavering Mission to providing a healthy, safe, supportive, engaging, and challenging learning environment, remains true as we devise a return to school plan to resume instruction during the 2020-2021 school year.
Per the New York State Education Department and the Department of Health, schools have been provided with guidance to make critical adjustments to instructional models, addressing a combination of in-person instruction and remote learning. Using said guidance, input from the Board of Education, as well as your input, we are preparing for an efficacious reopening of our school buildings for the 2020-2021 school year. I am grateful to those who actively contributed their time to volunteering for committees, responding to surveys, as well as sending emails and phone calls with your input.
Please continue to montior our website at www.ercsd.org/reopening for any updates to our Return to School plans.
We officially welcome our students in Kindergarten through grade twelve back to school, remotely, on Monday, September 14, 2020, with the exception that select groups of special education students will be attending in-person, beginning September 16, 2020 (families of said students will receive an additional informative mailing). The East Ramapo Central School District will employ a phased-in hybrid approach of weekly rotations, beginning October 13, 2020, to physically return all students and staff to schools this fall. This modified approach to traditional schooling will allow for ⅓ of the student population, during a given week to alternate between reporting to school for in-person instruction, four-full days per week, while the remaining students engage in at-home remote instruction. This mode of education will be evaluated quarterly (10 weeks) and revisited at the end of the first semester (20 weeks).
Our success as a District garners the awareness, understanding, and support of parents, teachers, staff, students, and the entire East Ramapo community. We are elated that our community has come together, and at the persistence shown by leaders of the reopening committee, school-based teams, and greater community. As we enter unchartered waters, we will guide our actions around the greater good achieved when students are learning, healthy, safe, and supported. We continue to reflect on our guiding principle…“ Is it Good for Kids?”
Comprehensive Return to School Plan
The following plan was submitted to the New York State Education Department and the Department of Health on July 31, 2020.