An update from Superintendent Goewey regarding reopening planning

Dear Hudson Falls School Community,

I hope your summer is off to a fun and safe start. Although our school year has ended, our work here continues! I wanted to share a few updates with you all. 

Over the past two weeks, we have received an abundance of information from Governor Cuomo, the New York State Education Department and the New York State Department of Health about the procedures and requirements we must plan for, and adhere to, for a fall school reopening. 

On Monday, July 13, Gov. Cuomo announced specific criteria for schools to reopen, based upon a region’s infection rate. Schools in regions that are in Phase Four of the state’s reopening plan will be eligible to hold in-person classes this fall, as long as the region maintains a daily infection rate below five percent, based on a 14-day average.

Per the Governor’s Office, by Friday, July 31, districts are also required to submit comprehensive school reopening plans that consider three scenarios: a traditional reopening plan, a hybrid model where some schooling is remote and some is in-person, and a virtual learning plan.

Nearly 60 members of district staff, comprised of administrators, teachers and nurses, on a half-dozen committees, began meeting in June to prepare for these scenarios. Our Reboot Learning Teams are continuously reviewing the guidance from these agencies, as well as many others, to ensure we’ve considered all facets of reopening. 

The safety of our students and staff remains our utmost priority and while our goal is to welcome everyone back, in person this September, we will be fully prepared for any scenario that we must abide by.

We know that you’ve got questions and ideas about how to best move forward. What’s at the top of your heart and mind as we plan to return to school?

We’re asking you, our parents and guardians, to partner with us and participate in a Thoughtexchange to share your questions and concerns as we work on our reopening plans. The Thoughtexchange will remain open through 8 p.m. on Monday, July 27. 

Our district-parent partnership is more important than ever. We are smarter and better together. 

We will continue to update our families as our reopening plans are finalized in the coming weeks.

Thank you for your continued partnership.

Sincerely,

Linda Goewey

Superintendent of Schools