• Fall 2020 Reopening Plans

    Click here to view the Syosset Central School District Reopening Plan

    Click here to view the Reopening Plan FAQ.

    Click here to view the 3-Point Reopening Plan Excerpt

    Click here to view the presentation from the August 10, 2020 BOE Monthly Meeting

    Click here to view the presentation from the July 29, 2020 Special BOE Meeting on Reopening Plans

    Click here to view the presentation from the July 23, 2020 BOE Workshop on Reopening Plans

    Click here to view the Mandatory Requirements document submitted to the State on July 31, 2020

    In response to the global pandemic, which has impacted our learning community in ways we could have never imagined and is expected to continue for an extended time period, the District has been engaged in comprehensive planning for the reopening of schools in the fall with the health and safety of our learning community at the forefront of our planning. We are committed to delivering a high-quality instructional program (whether in-person or remote), nurturing the social-emotional and mental wellness of our students, and minimizing risk that cannot be eliminated.

    On July 13, 2020, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced new, data-driven guidance for reopening schools in New York State. Schools in a region are permitted to reopen if that region is in Phase IV of reopening and if its daily infection rate remains below 5 percent, or lower, using a 14-day average since unPAUSE was lifted. Schools will close if the regional infection rate rises above 9 percent, using a 7-day average, after August 1st.

    The State Education Department is requiring all school districts to develop 3 plans:

    • A plan for In-person reopening. Syosset’s plan would accommodate:
      • All elementary students every day in smaller classes with appropriate social distancing;
      • All middle school students every day, with a modified class schedule;
      • High school students on a hybrid schedule with half of each class learning in school, and the other half learning from home on alternating days (as there is insufficient space to house all students with appropriate social distancing). 

    • A plan for Virtual reopening. Syosset’s plan would incorporate feedback from parents, students and faculty on the Learning from Home model implemented this spring including:
      • Additional banks and libraries of on-line lessons created by course and grade level so teachers can spend less time preparing new curriculum and more time focused on student;
      • A streamlined educational interface so it is easier for students and parents to see assignments and schedules in one place; 
      • Additional on-line resources identified by teachers to support instruction. 

    • A plan for Hybrid reopening. Syosset’s plan would incorporate elements of the virtual and in-person plans on an alternating day basis.

    The decision on which of the 3 plans to implement will be made by Governor Cuomo during the first week of August

    Each of these plans will require flexibility, ingenuity, and a reliance on science and data. They will also require compromise and limitations in order to increase social distance, reduce risk and preserve as much educational progress as possible.

    The situation surrounding COVID-19 is evolving with time. This section of our website will serve as a source for updates related to the reopening of our schools. We encourage you to monitor this page for the latest information.