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The Tonawanda City School District's reopening plan is linked above. Our required models include a face-to-face instructional program, hybrid instructional program, and virtual instructional program.
We are committed to meeting your expectations of delivering a high-quality educational program that meets the diverse needs of our students in a caring, meaningful, and academically appropriate manner. However, the health, safety, and welfare remains our first priority. Our instructional models for Fall education include all of the required mandates from the NYS Department of Health and the NYS Education Department. Additionally, we have included numerous recommendations, best practices, and other mitigation strategies in our reopening plans to best care for our students, staff, and school community to the furthest extent feasible.
The Tonawanda City School District has been in close contact with Dr. Gale Burstein, Commissioner of Health, of the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) and our school physician. Our district has collaborated and will fully cooperate with the medical personnel and ECDOH officials regarding COVID-19 testing and contact tracing.
Dr. Burstein has determined that our district must report a COVID-19 case in our school to ECDOH by completing the appropriate forms. ECDOH contact tracers contacts cases to place them in isolation and obtain names and contact information of close contacts (within 6 ft for more than 10 mins during contagious period). Contact tracers will work with schools to identify close contacts in schools and place them in quarantine and encourage them to get a COVID-19 test.
If an employee is determined to be an essential employee and a close contact who is asymptomatic, that employee will be able to continue working if they monitor symptoms, including temperature, twice daily, mask, and socially distance. If they develop symptoms they will have to leave school and get tested.
The District cannot require a person to be tested for COVID-19. However, the flow chart linked below outlines the district protocol, as supported by the ECDOH. Information regarding testing sites is included in a link below. People can also call the ECDOH hotline at 716-858-2929 for test scheduling support.
The ECDOH is the responsible party for designating quarantine orders and determining who is a close contact of a person who tested positive for COVID. Additionally, contact tracing will be investigated by the ECDOH officials, in cooperation with the district.
The Tonawanda City School District has planned and is prepared to move into a fully remote instructional program should the Governor require that schools be closed for student attendance. Our Remote Learning Plan is linked below. This plan defines our procedures and protocols for delivering instruction to our students in a fully remote model. This model would require students to learn from home every day of the school calendar.
This plan addresses the challenges and equity issues that may have been experienced during the pandemic period March - June 2020. Our district will continue to create effective avenues for parents/guardians, students, and staff to access the technology and associated resources necessary to fully participate and engage in the curriculum. Additionally, this plan establishes new expectations and procedures for delivering a fully remote learning instructional program. Please see the links below and the other resources highlighted on our website.
Our district was successful in working with families and students to address the digital divide by delivering devices, ensuring connectivity, and providing technical support to all parties. Our district was recognized by The Buffalo News as having best addressed the connectivity divide among small city school districts (article linked below, 5/31/2020). Our efforts in this area will continue to grow to meet the needs of our community.