Letter from Supt. Bills: Update to Social Distancing/Survey

Printable Version of the Letter

Click here to access the survey. (Deadline of March 10, 2021 for responses)

March 5, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians:

As you may have heard, Onondaga County and the Health Department have made a policy proposal to bring more children to the classroom which includes reducing the requirement of physical distance from 6 feet to 3 feet for students.

A stated prerequisite for implementation of the new policy is that school districts continue to follow and enforce public health guidance recommendations from CDC, NYSDOH, and Onondaga County Health Department (OCHD) to wear a face covering, facilitate frequent hand washing, and continue symptom screening procedures already in place.

In the announcement, it was shared that in order to have students three feet apart instead of six feet apart in classrooms, there is a requirement of physical barriers such as plexiglass-like material between children. The County is supporting our schools through procurement and payment of barriers. We continue to appreciate their support!

If enacted, this reduction in social distancing requirements may help the District increase the number of days students receive in-person instruction sometime in April. Fully remote learning experiences will continue and all data points will continue to be monitored including cases and regional and state trends.

There are still many details to work out with respect to transportation, scheduling, and staffing. It is very important that we hear from you to get feedback from our families as part of the process.

Please complete this survey for your child. We recognize your opinions may vary depending on your children’s individual needs. Therefore, please complete a survey for each child.

Thank you for your continued support.

David C. Bills
Superintendent of Schools
West Genesee CSD