Return to School Plan 2020-2021
A Letter from the Superintendent
Dear East Ramapo Family,
The East Ramapo Central School District community possesses effervescent, dedicated, and passionate individuals, and these unprecedented times have only underscored this truth. As the late John Lewis stated, “We may not have chosen the time, but the time has chosen us.” I am confident we will continue to move forward and thrive as together; we face the time that is upon us.
In preparation for a new school year, we are grateful for all of the leadership and dedication shown by our staff, families, and students as we work collaboratively to return to school safely and provide an excellent education for all students.
As you know, we will receive further guidance from the Governor between August 1-7, 2020. However, based on the Guidelines from the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the New York State Education Department (NYSED), we are moving forward with planning for three potential scenarios for return:
- Traditional 100% In-Person (with masks and physical distancing)
- Hybrid/Split (partially in-person/partially remote)
- 100% Remote
Through our many meetings and discussions, our number one priority is the health and safety of our staff, students, and the broader East Ramapo family. With this priority in mind, we will rely on guidance released by the state and the Center for Disease Control about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). We anticipate this information will continually change, and we will adapt as we learn more.
Please review our current thinking for the 2020-2021 year, and you will notice the actions we are taking and decisions as information becomes available. Our Central Office and school building teams will work together to ensure proper leadership for physical distancing if we enter an in-person instruction scenario or a hybrid scenario. Please keep in mind that our plan is subject to change according to evolving NYSED guidance; local, state and federal guidelines; and regional health indicators.
The success of this plan 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 our greater community. As we enter uncharted 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?”
This is how we do it!
Dr. Deborah L. Wortham, Superintendent
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.