March 5, 2021: Schools to offer more days of in-person instruction; remote-only instruction still an option
The Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District is poised to welcome all students back for more days of in-person instruction.
On March 4, Onondaga County Health Commission Indu Gupta announced that schools may decrease the amount of physical distance between student desks from six feet to three if there is a partition, such as plexiglass, between students and students continue to wear face masks. The county will pay for the partitions.
This change to the county’s COVID-19 social distancing guidelines for schools allows all J-D schools to accommodate students in all grade levels each school day.
“We’ve heard from many families who would like their children to be able to attend school in person each school day. This change allows us to be able to offer that option and resume some form of ‘normalcy’ for our students and staff,” Superintendent Peter Smith said.
Once the district identifies a date for the change, it will communicate with families via SchoolMessenger as well as share the information on the website.
So that the district can determine how many students will be in each building and which students will need busing, parents and guardians are asked to complete a brief survey by March 9.
The majority of J-D students have been learning through a hybrid of remote and in-person instruction since the start of the 2020-21 school year. Because of enrollment and class sizes, families of kindergarten, first-grade and some special education students have had the option since the start of the school year to send their children in-person five days per week.
That was not an option for students in grades 2-12 as there is not enough classroom space to accommodate all those students in-person while maintaining the previous six-foot requirement between student desks.
The district will no longer offer the hybrid instructional model, but it will continue its fully remote model for those families not comfortable sending their children to school five days per week.
“We recognize COVID-19 is still in our community and families have different comfort levels and varying circumstances, which is why we will still offer remote-only instruction,” Smith said. “For in-person instruction, we will continue our health and safety protocols that have been in place since the start of the school year, including wearing face masks, following the six-foot social distancing guideline between staff and staff and students, encouraging the use of hand sanitizer and handwashing, limiting visitors inside our buildings and thoroughly cleaning and sanitizing throughout our buildings and buses.”
Parents and guardians who have questions or concerns may contact their child’s principal or the superintendent, email@example.com.