Oct. 5, 2020: Elementary-level special area classes to take place in their respective classrooms
During the week of Oct. 5, elementary-level students participating in in-person instruction will begin attending their special area classes—library, art and music—in those respective classrooms.
Since the start of school, physical education has been held outside or in the gym, but our other special area teachers have been visiting general education classrooms to provide instruction.
This change allows all of our special area classes to be held in their respective classrooms, which have been designed for those particular activities. We believe this adjustment will give all students, hybrid and remote learners, a better experience. Our special area teachers will have more time to focus on instruction instead of transporting, setting up and putting away their supplies, and general education teachers will have more planning time in their classrooms.
New York State Department of Health guidance suggests that schools group students as much as possible, minimizing intergroup contact. This change will not increase intergroup contact as students will stay with their general education peers when they attend special area classes. All surfaces will be cleaned between classes, and students will not share materials.
"As the school year progresses, we will continue to evaluate how we are delivering instruction and make changes where we think we can improve students’ experiences while following all local, state and federal health and safety guidelines," Superintendent Peter Smith said.