Bennardo Outlines Plans for Reopening Schools

South Huntington Superintendent Dr. David Bennardo posted a video Thursday night, explaining the district’s pla to reopen in September.

The district submitted the plan to the state the day before and linked to it from its webpage.  But because of the loss of power resulting form Tropical Storm Isaia, the district was unable to publish what it called a plain-language version of the plan.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is expected to sign off on plans soon, possibly by Friday.

Bennardo said the Covid-19 epidemic and the health and safety rules that followed were more complicated for his district than others that had more building space because of declining enrollment, making the architecture of the academic program more difficult to design. 

Students would attend school in person two days a week under the plan, with one group attending Wednesdays and Fridays and the other Tuesdays and Thursdays. He outlined some of the cleaning and safety measures that the district would have in place and said the district would ask parents to commit next week to plans for their students to attend or choose remote-only classes.

Earlier this summer, the district said it was scouring records for information on employees who could be enlisted to help directly in academic programs, creating a dual-teacher program so that in-person instruction would be supplemented by activities to reinforce lessons.


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