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Return-to-School Updates

As we reach the halfway point of summer, many of you may be wondering what the new school year will look like. If you are like many families across the region, I’m sure you have some questions.

The Salmon River Central School District is planning for a five day a week, fully in-person return to school in September. At this time, we do not intend to provide an option for remote instruction. Please note that all instructional models are subject to change.

We continue to work with other school districts across the region and our public health partners to be sure we do this in the safest way possible. Thank you for your attention to the information below. You can be sure that we will continue to provide you with as much information as needed as the school year approaches.

Mask-Wearing and Social Distancing

Based on the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), we know there is a strong likelihood that all individuals will be required to wear masks in school and on buses as the year begins. Our plan is to observe 3-feet social distancing when people are masked and 6-feet social distancing at times when mask wearing is not possible (e.g. when eating) to the greatest extent possible. We expect to learn more about other health and safety protocols in the near future and will communicate all of the necessary information as soon as possible.

Regional Virtual Learning Options

We are working with the Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES on a fully remote grade 1-12 program for families who may wish to consider that option for medical reasons.  Families that wish to explore this option must participate in a valid medical exemption process.

Transportation

All students who are eligible for and want transportation next year will be placed on a bus route. If a family chose to transport their child(ren) to school for 2020-21, that has no impact on access to transportation next year. If you do plan to bring your child to and from school that would again be helpful, but that is up to the family of students eligible for transportation. If you are planning for your child to take the bus next year please fill out your school’s transportation commitment form, which can be found below:

Vaccinations

We continue to encourage all who are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination to get one. COVID-19 vaccinations are safe, effective and free. You can find a vaccination appointment near you at https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/. You may also be able to get a vaccine at a retail pharmacy.

School Start Times/Schedules

We plan to return all buildings to their typical start and end times next year. School days will begin at 8:00AM and end at 2:30PM.

Athletics, Music, Extracurricular Activities, and Latchkey

We recognize that there are many questions about extracurricular activities in particular. Our goal remains to maximize these and other student activities in a safe manner and we will be working with our regional school and public health partners to do so. As soon as we have more information about protocols related to athletics and music, we will share them.

In closing, while this remains a time of uncertainty, there is no doubt in my mind that the 2021-22 school year will be a successful one. Working together, I know we will do everything it takes to promote health, safety and learning. Please stay tuned for more information throughout this month.

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