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SGF Reopening Committee established

July 8, 2020

SGFCSD LogoAt his press briefing on Wednesday, July 8, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo gave an official timeline for districts to submit school reopening plans for fall 2020. Cuomo said the state will release reopening guidance for school districts on July 13, and that school districts will then submit their plans for reopening by July 31.

The governor said the state will review school district plans the week of Aug. 1-7 and a decision to reopen schools to students statewide in the fall will be made by the state at that time.

In order to develop the required plans for the state and to establish policies and procedures for reopening, the district has established a SGF Reopening Committee and five subcommittees.

The SGF Reopening Committee will be reviewing transportation, food service, overall health/safety and cleaning procedures, as well as the recommendations of the subcommittees. This group will review all federal, state and local guidance that is issued related to reopening schools.

The SGF Reopening Committee and the five subcommittees will meet throughout July. The subcommittees include:

  • Elementary Teaching and Learning
  • Secondary Teaching and Learning
  • Social-Emotional Learning
  • Special Education
  • Athletics/Extracurricular

The committee’s conversations began with survey data from South Glens Falls families and faculty/staff. Families were recently asked to consider health and safety, student social-emotional health and comfort level with a few different learning scenarios. More than 1,260 responses to the survey were recorded.

“We are thankful for the community members who took the time to respond to the survey and share their opinions,” said Superintendent of Schools Kristine Orr. “The opinions expressed are important to us as we begin internal conversations on how to approach school in September. Above all, our goal is to ensure safety for our students and staff, and in turn their families at home, as we consider school going forward.”

Survey Responses

About 82% of respondents indicated that they strongly agree or agree that “if school is open in the fall, I am likely to send [my child] to school.”

“We feel fortunate that a large number of those who replied are confident about having their children return to school, but we want to assure those who are less comfortable with in-person learning that we are looking at options for all families,” Orr said.

However, at the same time, about 63% of respondents indicated they strongly agree or agree that they are concerned about their child(ren)’s health and safety upon returning to school. While a majority of respondents (67%), said they agree or strongly agree that the district will be able to meet the health and safety requirements to keep children safe, others (46%) said they disagree or strongly disagree that students will be able to “maintain new restrictions such as social distancing, avoiding congregating in groups, avoiding physical contact with peers, and other safety protocols.”

View a chart of all survey data here.

Communications

The South Glens Falls CSD will be communicating with families through email and the website as reopening plans are finalized. Some information may be shared on social media as well. The district recommends that families continue to check the district website and your email throughout the summer for information.

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