Voorheesville Reopening Plan
Use the links below to view Voorheesville's Reopening Plan that was submitted to the New York State Department of Education and the New York State Department of Health. If you have any trouble accessing parts of this plan, please contact Sara.Hellmuth@neric.org and assistance will be provided.
The plan outlined here is for the reopening of schools in the Voorheesville Central School District for the 2020-21 school year.
Communication and Engagement
To help inform our reopening plan, the district has sought feedback and input from stakeholders, including administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents/guardians of students, local health department officials and health care providers, employee unions and community groups. Engagement efforts included online surveys, virtual forums/meetings, and one-on-one conversations.
Health & Safety
The health and safety of our students, staff, and their families is our top priority. We want students and employees to feel comfortable and safe returning to school campuses.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection in the district, facilities operations will be geared toward meeting social distancing requirements and frequently cleaning common spaces.
School meals will continue to be available to all students, including those attending school in-person and those learning remotely.
The district will conduct transportation activities that are consistent with state-issued public transit guidance and NYSED School Reopening guidelines.
Social Emotional Well-being
We recognize that the social emotional well-being of our students and staff during these challenging times is critically important.
Voorheesville CSD will make every effort to maximize in-person instruction while decreasing density and congregation in school facilities and on school grounds.
The District will resume extra curricular activities that can be conducted virtually. The resumption of any virtual and or in-person extra curricular activity/ athletic activity must be authorized by The Building Principal.
Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism
The district will continuously monitor the progress of our students. Teachers will be required to keep daily attendance and engagement records for all students.
Technology and Connectivity
During the mandatory school closure in March 2020, the district directed multiple communications to families (parent and student surveys, phone calls, SNNs, letters to the community) and collected information from staff to identify students who did not have access to a device, had multiple children sharing a device and needed an additional device, and/or needed high speed internet access.
Teaching & Learning
The school calendar typically includes one or more staff-only days before students arrive at school. Acknowledging the challenges that our teachers and staff have faced this spring delivering remote instruction under stressful circumstances, the district will focus these in-service days on providing support to staff in the areas of social-emotional health and technology integration.
Students with Disabilities will follow the same model as their general education peers, with the support of their special education teacher.
Bilingual Education and World Languages
The Voorheesville CSD works with itinerant ENL teachers from the Capital Region BOCES to provide instruction to district English language learners.
All teachers and principals will continue to be evaluated pursuant to the district’s approved APPR plan.