Return to 5-day in person instruction delayed by community COVID cases

Dear Tiger Community,

All year long, our goal has been to bring students safely back into our buildings to learn full-time. We know that our students learn better when they are in front of our staff members. We have been working hard since we opened for the 2020-2021 school year to maximize both safety and student in-person learning.

We have worked closely with our district physician and Washington County Department of Health officials to comply with new New York State and CDC guidelines for classrooms and busses. We are very close to finalizing a plan that allows students to return to the classrooms for in-person learning while keeping their safety at the very forefront.

Over the past few months, we have seen that goal become closer. We have watched cases of COVID-19 go down in Washington County, as the number of vaccinated people has risen. But after long discussions with our health department partners, we now know we can not move forward with our plans until Washington County leaves the COVID reported cases high-risk zone, as defined by the CDC, and enters a medium-risk zone.

We are incredibly disappointed by this. I want all our students in our buildings safely for as many days as we can this school year. So, we will continue to refine our plans and be ready to seize any and all opportunities for student in-person learning when Washington County and the NYS Department of Health advises us that it is safe to return. The district will continue to use its website, as well as our social media channels, to keep you informed of any changes to schedules, as soon as they happen.


Jon Hunter, Interim Superintendent