GOWANDA — In an effort to additional make clear Gowanda’s impending return to high school, Superintendent Dr. Robert Anderson held a Fb stay occasion just lately to reply any questions dad and mom or college students might have had.
“I imagine this college yr might be distinctive,” Anderson stated. “The final couple have been distinctive to say the least. We’re in our third college yr of pandemic circumstances.”
Anderson stated this college yr will open equally to how the final one ended by way of rules and pointers associated to COVID-19, with a pair caveats connected.
The modifications come within the type of having all the scholars again 5 days per week, whereas final yr ended with 4 days of in-person instruction. There might be no distant choice to college students, that means all college students are anticipated to be again in particular person, except they’ve profound medical circumstances.
“All our college students are coming again and I feel everyone’s enthusiastic about it,” he stated. “These are the one actual modifications.”
Anderson stated as circumstances change within the surrounding areas, the college is ready to pivot to different educational fashions, whether or not they be distant or hybrid, however the plan is ready at having children in particular person 5 days per week.
To make the total return attainable, the district has to handle just a few sure circumstances. These precautions embody monitoring group transmission, necessary face coverings for all college students and workers, no matter vaccination standing. College students might be given masks breaks as applicable, and the college will try to be open air as a lot as attainable. Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties all got here out with masks mandates, which the college is abiding by. The varsity will proceed to make use of the LiveSafe App to pre-screen college students and workers earlier than coming into college. There may even be temperature checks as individuals enter the constructing.
“We don’t need sick individuals knowingly coming to the college,” Anderson stated. “And that’s certainly one of our essential methods.”
Bussing for Gowanda might be just like how it could be for a traditional college yr, which did trigger some issues. The CDC has allowed the district to permit all the scholars on the bus, supplied everyone seems to be masked, together with the drivers. And whereas vaccinations usually are not necessary for the college district, Anderson encourages all eligible people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
“It’s actually not necessary, however it’s a really useful precaution so that you can do,” stated Anderson.
In regard to extracurricular actions, Gowanda is planning on sports activities and different occasions. Common precautions might be obligatory indoors, however open air issues are going as regular. Followers might be allowed in attendance for sporting occasions, however that’s topic to vary ought to transmission charges go up. Due to vaccinations, this yr’s pause might be completely different for sports activities groups.
In contrast to final yr the place they needed to steer clear of the workforce for 10 days, this yr vaccinated college students and coaches won’t must pause. Those that are unvaccinated do must pause from the exercise. Ought to two constructive exams occur on a workforce, that workforce could be on pause, per Erie County steering. In the meantime, the college seems to be prefer it’s below development because of the Capital Venture, however the college might be prepared for the opening, although the development won’t be totally accomplished.
“We’ll be prepared for kids on the seventh of September,” Dr. Anderson stated. “Development might be taking place internally all through the college yr, so we’re not completed but.”
The complete reopening plan for Gowanda is on the college web site.