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July 31, 2020: Schools cleared to reopen in September; parent forums to be scheduled

On Aug. 7, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that based on COVID-19 infection rates, schools across the state may open their school buildings for in-person instruction. 

Cuomo previously said schools can follow reopening plans for in-person education in September if the region in which the school district resides is in Phase 4 and has a daily COVID-19 infection rate of 5% or lower over a 14-day average. 

Onondaga County currently meets those standards. 

“This is great news for those families who feel comfortable sending their children to our schools in September, and for those families who prefer remote instruction, they will have that option as well,” said Peter Smith, superintendent of the Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District. “In the coming weeks, we will work to refine our plan, ensuring that we have measures in place to protect the health and safety of our students and staff and that the high-quality education our students deserve is delivered in an equitable manner.”

The state required all New York school districts to develop instructional models for remote and in-person instruction, as well as a hybrid of both, based on guidance from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), New York State Education Department (NYSED) and guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Jamesville-DeWitt submitted its plan to the state July 31 and is currently working with staff on the details. Three sections of districts’ plans that Cuomo said should be highlighted for parents to easily find are: More details on what in-person and remote instruction will look like will be shared on the district website and directly with families as soon as it’s available. 

On Aug. 6, the district held a virtual staff forum to discuss the reopening plan, and three virtual forums for parents will be scheduled within the next two weeks. Once finalized, information on those events will be posted on the website and shared directly with parents via SchoolMessenger. 



Dr. Peter Smith, Superintendent

P.O. Box 606
DeWitt, NY 13214

Phone: (315) 445-8300

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