Dear Maryvale Community,
The District has carefully reviewed the Governor’s additional re-opening requirements, which were issued after districts statewide had already prepared and submitted their re-opening plans and begun preparing for the upcoming year. Under the new requirements, districts are also responsible for working with the Erie County Department of Health to ensure contact tracing and COVID-19 testing. Our goal is to provide the safest and most effective learning environment possible for our students, faculty, and staff.
To that end, the District has updated its re-opening model. The new model divides the school year into three phases, and includes a combination of remote and in-person learning. Maryvale will begin the school year with an initial phase of remote learning only. Phase I will run from September 1 through October 2, 2020 with a blend of synchronous (live) and asynchronous instruction. Students’ first day will be September 8, 2020, and faculty and staff will use the week prior to prepare for the year and for professional development.
In the days and weeks leading up to the end of Phase 1, the District will continue to assess a number of factors to determine if we are able to shift to Phase 2 , which is a hybrid model (of a combination of in-person and remote learning), or to remain in remote learning only. These factors will include public health conditions and data, the availability of personal protective equipment (PPE), the availability of timely testing and contract tracing, the ability of the District to staff all classes, and the ability to transport students safely.
As always, the health and safety of our school community will remain our top priority. If we are able to implement our hybrid model after October 2, 2020, parents will have the option to continue with fully remote learning for a period of time.
Like Phase II, there is no set date for the start of Phase III, which is 100% in-person learning. Transition to all phases would depend on the factors set forth above including but not limited to guidance from the New York State and the Department of Health, with the health and safety of our school community as our top priority.
We will be releasing more detailed information regarding Phase I in the coming days. We thank our school community for the patience and understanding during this process.
Joseph D'Angelo, Superintendent