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Chenango Valley Central School District Reopening Plan (2020-21 School Year)
Message from Chenango Valley Superintendent Dr. David P. Gill
July 31, 2020

Dear Chenango Valley Families,

Thank you for your support and patience during the last several weeks as we created our reopening plan for the 2020-2021 school year. I am so grateful to all of you who participated in our various surveys providing us with information and your thoughts on very important topics. The results of these surveys were shared with our various reopening subcommittees in order to assist in creating our plan. Our subcommittees consisted of over 100 people made up of staff, board members, students, and parents. Each committee reviewed the guidelines provided by the State Education Department, as well as the Department of Health. All recommendations for the plan adhere to these guidelines. The Board of Education reviewed the plan and approved it on July 30, 2020.

Today, we submitted the plan to the State Education Department and the Department of Health for review. We anticipate hearing any necessary feedback by Friday, August 7. We have placed the plan on the homepage of our website: I want to stress that the plan prioritizes the health, safety, and success of our students, staff, and community in order to keep us moving forward.

Highlights of the plan:
  • K-8 will have daily in-person instruction.
  • Grades 9-12 will be divided into two (2) groups that will alternate their instruction from in-person to remote.
  • Masks will be worn if participating in school transportation, in the hallways, or whenever social distance guidelines cannot be met.
  • Within the classroom during instruction, students will be allowed to remove their mask unless the adult is circulating to offer individual assistance.

When reviewing the plan, please keep in mind:

  • The State‚Äôs decision on what school districts are allowed to do will be impacted by data, including infection rates.
  • Adjustments may need to be made based on feedback from our submission or directives by the local, state, or federal government based on changes that occur in our region and at the state level.
  • As a public entity we are mandated and obligated to follow the directions that we receive.
  • As we continue to adapt and learn more about the pandemic, I realize everyone will have different views on the plan, but I ask that you please remember the collaboration involved in creating the plan, and the careful attention to details to ensure students, staff and the community are at the forefront of the decision-making process.
  • As some families struggle with difficult decisions, I want you to know that our district contact person for questions and/or concerns is our Assistant Superintendent, Mrs. Michelle Feyerabend, at [email protected] or (607) 762-6811.

In order to help students and families navigate through our revised protocols, the District will continue to make communication with our students, families and staff a top priority. In addition to communications from personnel, we will continue to keep our District website updated and will be creating a webpage with information regarding reopening procedures, frequently asked questions, and other important components.

I know this is a lot to take in and presents challenges, but please know that you are not alone. The District is ready to work with you and provide support. We are hopeful towards a future with all students back in their classrooms each school day and in a normal learning environment, but until then we will work diligently to continue to help our students, staff, and families through this challenging time.

Dr. David P. Gill
Superintendent of Schools

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