July 31, 2020
Dear Greene Families and Students,
First, we want to thank our Greene Community for all the support, encouragement, and feedback you have provided the district throughout the Covid-19 crisis. With that said, the district has been hard at work creating reopening plans to bring students back to our buildings to start the 2020-2021 school year. This is an extremely complex task, and it is crucial that we all understand that the plan must be flexible to meet the ever changing dynamics of the Coronavirus and the government/medical responses related to this public health crisis. All schools will be given additional opening instructions from Governor Cuomo’s Office by August 7th. Due to this, the GCS plan will continue to be fluid as we work on details moving towards the first day of school, and will remain fluid through the entire 2020-2021 school year, and possibly beyond.
The Greene Central School reopening plan was developed with four main pillars in mind:
1. To provide a safe environment for students and staff to return, that takes into consideration all health and wellness factors.
2. Prioritizing the youngest students and student’s w/disabilities that need the most support due to the developmental importance that in-person instruction can provide.
3. Creating a plan that worked for the families of the Greene community using their feedback and taking their needs into consideration.
4. Providing a continuity of instruction for all students that will keep the high standards that Greene CSD has established for educational excellence in place (regardless of educational setting).
We have worked extremely hard to build a comprehensive plan for our students and staff. This plan is based on the guidance set forth from the New York State Education Department, the New York State Department of Health, the Governor's Office, and guidance from the CDC. It is imperative that health and safety, emotional well-being, and instruction are all considered in our plans. Ultimately, we would like to have all students having in-person instruction. However, that is not possible based on current guidelines due to the social distancing requirements. We do not have enough physical space, or staff to divide every grade level in the district up to provide in person instruction.