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OPCSD Current Guidance 3-12
March 12, 2021
Dear Orchard Park Families;
Over the last year, your children have been learning in unprecedented times. Through it all, we have been working to provide the highest quality of education while faced with many obstacles. This past September, we were very excited to be able to offer face-to-face learning for all families that requested it and be able to have K-3 students five days a week. We believe that students in Orchard Park have the opportunity for in-person learning more than most other public schools in the area. While there have been challenges we are very thankful for your support and understanding.
Recently, there has been much discussion statewide regarding a potential change in social distancing regulations from the current 6 ft. to 3 ft. This change has not been recommended, and as of today, 6 ft. social distancing is still the guidance from the New York State and Erie County Health Departments. The administrative team has been discussing what this change would mean if it were to take place and there are quite a few challenges to get ALL students back in a full-time environment including: classroom space, current hybrid class sizes, transportation, scheduling and cafeteria spacing, to name a few.
There is a common misconception that if the guidance does change to 3 ft. of social distancing, all students would immediately return to 5 days a week. That would not be the case for Orchard Park Schools. If the guidance were to change we would try to bring more students back (those with substantial academic, special education or social/emotional needs, etc…). We would still need to be able to ensure the minimum of 3’ of social distancing, on school buses and in the cafeteria, which within some of our current hybrid class sizes would not be a possibility if all students returned to the classroom Monday through Friday.
If the change to 3 ft. occurred this spring, based on what we have concluded, we need to be cautious not to greatly disrupt our students, potentially changing teachers with approximately 10 weeks remaining in the school year in order to make more room for students.
I do support having all of our students back in our buildings everyday, but we have and will continue to prioritize the safety and well being of our students and staff by following guidelines from both New York State and the Erie County Health Departments.
Thank you for your support during this past year. We are all hopeful that our students can return to some sense of normalcy this fall. We will keep you informed over the next few months as new information is shared with the District.
Superintendent of Schools