Schools May Reopen Before Summer If COVID-19 Rates Stay Down

March 3, 2021

The head of the Finger Lakes Reopening Schools Safely Task Force report seems confident that they will be able to reopen schools by this summer.

Kathy Graupman, the president of Monroe County’s Superintendent’s council gave a statement regarding the matter, saying:

“I may be too optimistic but I want my kids back fourth quarter,” Graupman said. “I want all of them back I think it’d be a huge lift, but I think it would be a gigantic relief for kids, for families, for teachers eventually. There’s some stress involved there but if we could get everyone back for the fourth quarter and have some normalcy before we leave for the summer I think it would do wonders for everyone’s mental health.”

Parents of students have expressed concern and are hoping that the state issues updated guidance for schools as they reopen full time. One of the issues is the 6-feet rule, which can impact in person learning.

“That is what we’re hoping for in terms of the New York State Department of Health, which is who we follow and who we’re bound to,” Graupman said. “In terms of regulation that would give us some relief or clear metrics if you meet the point where you don’t have to meet the six feet distancing.”

Watch the full briefing here.


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