Whitney Point is continuing to work on the details for the 2020-2021 school year.
Thank you to all those who have contributed comments, suggestions, or who have participated in committee work to help in our planning.
In the next week, we will be holding three meetings to review the 2020-2021 Reopening Plan.
The meetings will be held on zoom, the links will be embedded in the dates below
August 19th at 7 pm
August 20 at 10 am
August 20 at 5 pm
( it shouldn't need a passcode but if you have trouble try Passcode: 686559)
The Whitney Point draft plan and other reopening information is posted on our Reopening Page
Requested information on remote learning can be found here.
Registration for remote learning can be found here
and should be completed by the end of the day on August 12th.
We continue to accept input through our online portal and will use the information collected to design the presentation during the reopening meetings and to inform our overall planning.
All questions, comments, and suggestions that have been submitted with answers to questions are posted here.
Thank you for your patience as we work through the ever-updating guidance to ensure a safe return to school for all.
Whitney Point Central School District
2020-2021 Draft Reopening Plan Overview
July 31, 2020
Dear Parents, Students, Staff, and Community,
We have worked together to navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and are looking forward to starting the new school year. Our experiences over the last four months have highlighted the importance of school and community collaboration when working toward a common goal, the education of our children.
I am sharing with you this 2020-2021 DRAFT Reopening Plan. The plan guides how we will open our doors, physically and virtually, and is aligned with the regulations developed in collaboration with New York State and national authorities. Our commitment to the safety of our students, staff, and families was a priority when addressing the many areas outlined in this plan.
We are thankful to the many teachers, staff, administrators, parents, students, community members, and local health organizations who provided their input. To help guide our decisions, the district worked with nine committees, gathered data from multiple surveys, and called the homes of each family. If you did not speak to us, please call your child's school office. Our current plan is based on the data we collected, in addition to guidance from the New York State Education Department and the Department of Health.
Each district in our state and region faces different challenges in creating their reopening plan. The Whitney Point Central School District covers one of the largest geographical areas of any district in New York State. To transport our students, we currently have one bus run with about 60+ students on each bus. Due to suggested social distancing guidance, we need to reduce the number of students on each bus to about 20. Also, social distancing regulations require us to reduce the number of students present in a classroom at one time.
We believe we have found a balance between doing what's right for our kids, and what's safe for all. There are many unknowns at this time, and this document will remain fluid and change as necessary based on guidance from state agencies, local health experts, as well as input from our students, staff, and families. We hope that everyone will review this plan and be a partner in the work. Feedback is always respected and necessary if we are to change and grow together. Please see the district website for the district's full reopening plan (www.wpcsd.org).
We look forward to the 2020-2021 academic year, no matter what challenges it may bring.
Dr. Patricia A. Follette
Patricia A. Follette, Ed.D.
Overview of DRAFT Reopening Plan
Please treat the following guiding document as a draft. There are many unknowns at this time, and this document will remain fluid and change as necessary based on guidance from state agencies, local health experts, as well as input from our students, staff, and families.
Based on current information, our plan to reopen in September will include a hybrid model (a combination of online and in-person learning) for all Prek-12 students with an option for remote learning for students who are not able or choose not to attend school in person.
In the following weeks, we will be providing more detailed information as it is received from the State Education Department and the Governor's Office. We recognize that everyone is looking forward to the day that life goes back to normal, and students can be back in our buildings 100 percent of the time. In the meantime, please continue to check the district's website for updated information.
There will now be two bus runs and two schedules
• Students in grades 7-12 will start their day at about 7:20 and end at about 2:10.
• Students in grades Prek-6 will begin their day at about 8:20 and end at about 3:10.
• Families are encouraged to transport their child/ren when possible.
• Students will have one bus assignment with the same designated stop for pick up and drop off, with no daily bus changes.
Hybrid Learning Model (A combination of online and in-person learning)
Each grade level will be divided into two cohorts, A and B
• Students in Cohort A will attend school on Monday and Tuesday and be taught remotely on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
• Students in Cohort B will attend school on Thursday and Friday and be taught remotely on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
• All family members in the same household will be in the same cohort.
• As we are better able to define the number of students participating in the hybrid or remote learning model, we anticipate being able to phase in additional days of in-person instruction for some students. Per New York State Education Department guidance, these decisions will be based on the needs of the student populations with priority given to the highest need students and early grades.
• Students who do not attend school in person will have access to fully remote instruction.
• Any family choosing to receive fully remote instruction will be asked to commit to that model for the first semester of school (end of January).
• Requests for remote instruction must be received by August 12th by contacting your child's or children's school office(s).
• Students attending BOCES programs will receive further information once BOCES has finalized their plans.
Health and Safety
• To protect the health of all in the school community, masks will be worn on the bus at all times and throughout the school day. Students may remove masks while social distancing to eat and during designated mask breaks.
• Any medical exception for wearing masks will require healthcare provider documentation.
• Students are encouraged to attend school with their own individual cloth face masks. Disposable masks will be available when needed.
• Social distancing will be practiced from arrival on campus through departure.
• Health screening will be required for all employees and students BEFORE they enter the bus or school. There will be online and paper options available.
• All Department of Health policies and practices will be enforced.
• Specific procedures for monitoring health conditions and the containment of potential illnesses will be adhered to by the district.