Updated: July 22, 2020 09:14 PM
Created: July 22, 2020 06:37 PM
COLONIE - In the North Colonie school district, they are working to get all students back in the school buildings at least some of the time. While they're working with complicated plans to reopen, they also have to be prepared if they can't.
North Colonie has preliminary in-person, online, and hybrid plans.
"We're looking to prioritize getting our youngest learners, our learners in kindergarten through sixth grade, back in school on a daily basis," said Superintendent D. Joseph Corr.
Ideas for elementary include splitting classes in half, with students spending some of the day in class with a teacher, and some of the day doing special subjects like music, art, and gym.
Some elementary grades could use the junior high school building. The district is working on different options for Grades 7 and 8.
"There's an option perhaps where they can be in daily for part of a day and do part of their schedule and do part of their schedule the next day and move back and forth between those two options there," said Superintendent Corr.
High school might do some days in class, others remote.
With all plans, the key is flexibility and readiness to modify.
Delmar Community Care Physicians Dr. Gloria Guptill says this is the time to get kids used to wearing masks, and to find the right one for your child.
"Kids need to understand why they have to wear a mask, so just talking to kids on their level. If they're young, my daughter's 4, I tell her about germs and how germs can go in the air and wearing the mask will help protect her from getting sick, but also it's a kindness thing because it can help protect her friends," said Dr. Guptill.
She says parents can no longer send their child to school when they're not feeling well, and that this is the time to be more diligent than ever about social distancing, and wearing masks.
There is the possibility that if the area's infection rate goes up, schools might not be able to open at all, and that would have a profound effect on both children and their families.
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