This week, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) released Guidance to Reopen New York State Schools to help schools and school districts as they plan to reopen, whether that occurs in person, remotely, or in a combination of the two. The guidance builds on the Framework of Guidance that NYSED presented to the Board of Regents on Monday, July 13.
The guidance was informed by four virtual Regional School Reopening Task Force meetings as well as a student forum hosted by the Board of Regents and NYSED last month to gather input. Each regional meeting included more than 350 experts and stakeholders from health and education fields. In all, more than 1,650 parents, students, teachers, administrators, school board members, and stakeholders, representing New York’s diversity, attended and provided valuable feedback. The input we received from participants at our regional task force meetings and our student forum truly proved invaluable and, by working together, we will be able to ensure that the issues of health, safety, and educational equity are at the forefront of every decision.
By July 31, all districts and schools are required to create and provide to NYSED Reopening Plans at the school level, pursuant to the directions in the guidance. The plans should be posted on the school’s public website and must contain the mandatory elements outlined in NYSED’s School Reopening Guidance Document.
Below, you can find details on other announcements and resources that we have released over the last month:
- Emergency Regulations to Ease the Burdens on Educators, Students, and Professionals
- 2020 Summer Reading at New York Libraries Program
- 2020 Summer Food Service Program
- NYSED Submits Application for U.S. Department of Education Rethink Education Models Grant Competition
- Every Student Succeeds Act Financial Transparency Website
- NYSED Approves Rochester CSD Entering into Agreement to Extend Educational Partnership Organization with University of Rochester
- COVID-19 Guidance and Resources
- NYS COVID-19 Documentation Initiative