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Sewanhaka, Franklin Square School Districts Release Reopening Plans

Original article by: LI HERALD.COM · Aug 4, 2020


School district officials across New York have spent recent months mulling their options to reopen schools, while maintaining social distancing guidelines and adhering to other coronavirus guidance from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. They were re-quired to submit their plans to the State Education Department for approval at the end of July, and Sewanhaka and Franklin Square officials publicized their plans last week.

Elmont School District officials, however, were expected to release their plan to reopen schools on Monday, after the Herald went to press.

Under Sewanhaka’s proposal, half of the district’s more than 8,000 students would learn in school one day and remotely the next, while the other half would do the opposite. Siblings would be assigned to the same schedule.

“With the size of our school populations, we can’t fit everyone into school every day,” Superintendent James Grossane said in a video posted to the district’s website last Friday, explaining that classrooms can accommodate a maximum of only 15 students with social-distancing measures in place.

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