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March 14, 2021: In-person learning update

On March 14, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter via SchoolMessenfer to J-D families. 

Dear J-D families,

As we prepare to bring more students back to the classroom for more days of the week, I wanted to give you an update on where we are with our planning. 

We had already been planning for how we could safely accommodate more students for in-person learning prior to Onondaga County’s March 4 announcement that schools may decrease the amount of physical distance between student desks with a partition. 

There are still details we need to work out, including transportation and how to modify such common areas as cafeterias. We will continue to follow our health and safety protocols, and the social distancing requirement between adults or between adults and children remains at six feet and will be followed whenever possible. 

Our plans hinge on the delivery of the barriers the county has ordered, but here’s what we know so far. 

Based on the data from the recent survey and assuming the timely delivery of the student work space barriers, we are planning the following:

Students in K-1 and special education

  • These students will continue to attend five days in-person. They will not see a change to their in-person days.

Grades 2-4 

  • Shifts to four days of in-person instruction (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday) on April 12.
  • Transitions to five-days of in-person instruction on May 3.

Grades 5-12 

  • Shifts to four days of in-person instruction on April 12.
  • Because grades 5-12 are anticipated to have higher numbers of remote learners than at the elementary level, the middle and high school will follow a four-day instructional model through the end of the 2020-21 school year. 
  • Wednesdays will continue as remote instructional days for all of these students, which will allow staff at those levels time to support and plan remote instruction. 

I know four days of in-person learning at the middle and high school may be disappointing to some, but we must ensure that all students are receiving the attention and help they need.  

You will be receiving a commitment survey next week and we will be asking families to commit to either in-person or remote instruction through May 24, when you could opt to switch models for the final five weeks of the 2020-21 school year.  

Your child’s principal will be sharing building-specific information with you as we get closer to our targeted dates. This past year has been challenging for all of us, including many of our students.  We are excited and hopeful about this opportunity. If you have questions or concerns as we work through this latest change, please reach out to your building principal or me. 





Dr. Peter Smith, Superintendent

P.O. Box 606
DeWitt, NY 13214

Phone: (315) 445-8300

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