In our ongoing effort to give up-to-date information about the reopening of schools this fall, we will be centralizing updates on this page. Please check back regularly for the latest information.
As we proceed through these uncertain and quickly changing times, please know that the health and social-emotional well-being of our students and staff will remain our top priority. The 2020-2021 school year will require us all to collaborate and adapt as we go. As a school community, we will create a safe, effective learning environment for our students and we will get through this unprecedented time in history together.
Reopening Plan for 2020-2021 School Year
This document was submitted to New York State on July 31, 2020.
Scroll down for current and past news updates.
August 4, 2020
Please review a few updates about the 2020-2021 school year and the district reopening plan that was shared on July 31.
- We thank everyone who emailed their follow-up questions about our district reopening plan submitted to New York State. Due to the number of questions we received in the past few days, we are unable to respond to each individual email. We’re currently working on an FAQ that will address many of your questions and this will be available soon. We will notify families once the FAQ is available.
- After reviewing our reopening plans, any family with concerns about their child returning to school for in-person learning should contact their building principal as soon as possible. Please do this no later than August 14. We will need this specific information to continue exploring possible options for families who prefer a full remote learning option.
- Please complete the Fall 2020 Transportation Survey for each child in your family by this Friday, August 7. This survey was emailed to all families on July 31 and greatly helps us plan for student transportation in the coming school year.
- To further address any questions, comments or concerns families may have about the individual school buildings there will be virtual building level Community Forums held next week. We will share the information to join these online forums once it is finalized. In the meanwhile, please save the dates and times for each:
- Primary School Forum: Wednesday (August 12), 5:00-7:00 PM
- Middle School Forum: Wednesday (August 12), 7:00-9:00 PM
- High School Forum: Thursday (August 13), 5:00-7:00 PM
We appreciate your understanding and patience as we await the final guidance from Governor Cuomo’s office about reopening schools.
July 30, 2020 – Preliminary Reopening Plan Presentation
At last night’s special meeting of the board of education, the Administrative Reopening Task Force presented the preliminary reopening plans for Ichabod Crane Central Schools. The complete Ichabod Crane 2020-2021 Reopening Plan document will be publicly available on this page tomorrow (July 31, 2020)
You can also view a recording of the July 29 meeting here. Unfortunately, you will notice an audio error in approximately the first 20 minutes of the video where the sound speeds up. This appears to be an error with the Zoom recording and we apologize for the inconvenience. Please review the PDF of the presentation slides for a thorough look at what was discussed during that portion.
July 20, 2020
Last week, New York State released a large amount of information about the specific requirements for reopening public school districts in September. In case you missed any of it, below is a summary of last week’s updates from the New York State Dept. of Health (NYSDOH) and the New York State Education Dept. (NYSED) about school reopening.
On Monday, July 13, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the formula and metrics that will determine how/if school districts will reopen this fall. Schools in NYS regions where the daily infection rate is below 5% over a 14-day average and are in Phase 4 of reopening will likely be allowed to reopen. Governor Cuomo will make this initial decision about school reopenings during the first week of August.
That initial reopening decision is subject to change if a school district’s region triggers a “safety valve” after August 1. This means that schools will need to close if their region’s infection rate hits 9% or higher over a 7-day average after August 1.
Also on July 13, NYSDOH released interim guidance for in-person instruction at PK-12 schools during the COVID-19 pandemic and the master guidance document of summary guidelines for PK-12 in-person instruction. While helpful, these two guidance documents mainly focused on public health protections for in-person instruction and left many questions about logistical concerns and staff/student support services.
Later in the week on Thursday, July 16, NYSED provided an extensive 145-page document addressing many of those remaining questions: Recovering, Rebuilding and Renewing: The Spirit of New York’s Schools. This document was created following a series of state-wide school region meetings involving multiple public education stakeholders. Additionally, NYSED also released a short School Reopening FAQ sheet at the end of the week which parents/guardians may find helpul.
All New York State public school districts must now use the NYSED guidance in conjunction with the NYSDOH guidelines to create their own comprehensive district-wide reopening plan. Those reopening plans must include options for three different instructional scenarios: in-person instruction, remote/online instruction and hybrid instruction (in-person and remote). All school districts must then submit their comprehensive reopening plans for state review by July 31.
The Ichabod Crane Reopening Task Force and Sub-Committees (click to jump to Task Force & Sub-Committee lists) are currently hard at work on our district’s 2020-2021 Reopening Plan. In addition to the state guidance, we are incorporating as much feedback from our 2020-2021 Parent Planning Survey as possible in the reopening plan. Once the state has approved our final school reopening plan, it will be sent to all Ichabod Crane families and will be publicly available on the district website.
We appreciate all your patience and support during this time as we figure out a safe, effective way to teach our students during the coming school year.
July 16, 2020
Today, the New York State Department of Education released Recovering, Rebuilding and Renewing. This extensive document contains the complete guidelines that every public New York State school district must follow when crafting their 2020-2021 school year reopening plans. A reminder that all school district reopening plans are due for state review by July 31.
NYSPHSAA Delays Fall 2020 Athletics, Cancels Fall Championships
Also today, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) announced they have delayed the official start date of the Fall 2020 sports season and are canceling Fall 2020 Regional and State Championships.
As of now, the delayed start date for the Fall 2020 NYSPHSAA sports season is tentatively set for September 21. Should COVID-19 prevent starting high school sports for the remainder of 2020, NYSPHSAA will prepare to implement a condensed season schedule in January 2021.
July 14, 2020
Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced the formula and metrics that will determine how and if school districts will reopen this fall.
Schools can reopen if they are located in a region where the daily infection rate remains 5% or lower using a 14-day average. This particular decision will be made by New York State during the first week of August.
Those decisions are subject to change and school buildings will need to close if a school region’s infection rate goes above 9% using a 7-day average after August 1.
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) also presented initial health and safety guidelines to the Board of Regents regarding the reopening of schools. Additionally, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) released interim guidance for in-person instruction at PK-12 schools. You can find both the NYSED guideline and NYSDOH guidance below:
NYSED is expected to release more detailed reopening guidance tomorrow (Wednesday, July 15), which school districts must then use to make comprehensive plans. These plans must include scheduling options for in-person instruction, remote instruction and hybrid instruction (combining in-person and remote). School districts must then submit these reopening plans for state review by July 31.
2020-2021 Parent/Guardian Planning Survey Results
As part of the reopening planning process, the Reopening Task Force created and sent out the 2020-2021 Parent/Guardian Planning Survey to get feedback on reopening preferences and the student remote learning process this past school year. Pending state guidelines, we will incorporate as much of this feedback into reopening plans as possible. We thank all the families who participated in this survey and gave us their valuable input.
Ichabod Crane Reopening Task Force and Sub-Committees
In preparation for reopening, we’ve created a Reopening Task Force and four Reopening Subcommittees with specific focuses. The four sub-committees are:
- Mental Health
- Operations and Athletics
- Health and Safety
The task force is composed of every Ichabod Crane administrator, as well as the president of the Ichabod Crane Teachers Association to represent faculty interests. The four sub-committees are composed of Ichabod Crane administrators, teachers and also parents/guardians who offered their time when they took the recent 2020-2021 Parent/Guardian Planning Survey. Additionally, there is an internal Communications Committee solely focused on providing accurate and up to date information to Ichabod families
The task force and sub-committees are already working hard on preliminary plans in anticipation of NYSED’s further guidance tomorrow. After completing their work, the sub-committees will bring their plans back to the task force who will then use that information to create the comprehensive district-wide reopening plans to submit to NYSED by July 31.
We thank all the staff and community members who have volunteered their time and skills for our sub-committees.
You can view a full list of the Reopening Task Force and Sub-Committee members below:
Reopening Task Force
- Suzanne Guntlow, Superintendent Chair
- John Wilary, Ichabod Crane Teachers Association President
- Craig Shull
- Anthony Marturano
- Andrea Williams
- Michael Brennan
- Dan Doyle
- Todd DiGrigoli
- Steve Marotta
- Tim Stewart
- Paul Caputo
- Marcella Sanchez
- Tim Farley
- Patrick Paratore
- Peg Warner
- Craig Shull – HS Principal, Sub-Committee Co-Chair
- Anthony Marturano – MS Principal, Sub-Committee Co-Chair
- Andrea Williams – PS Principal, Sub-Committee Co-Chair
- Paul Caputo – Director of Technology
- Jessica Berner – PS Parent & BOE Member
- Stacey Kelly – HS Parent
- Carrie Knudsen – MS Parent
- Meghan Brown – PS Parent
- Keira Noonan – MS Student
- Erin Curry – HS Student
- Melanie Moon – MS Teacher (Grade 6)
- Jeffrey Montague – MS Teacher (Math)
- Sue Mallery – MS Teacher (4th Grade)
- Susan Jermain – MS Teacher (5th Grade)
- Greg Miller – HS Teacher (Science)
- Ingrid Monaghan – HS Teacher (Special Education)
- Sandy Dwileski – HS Teacher (Art)
- Jennifer Beebe – PS Teacher (Grade 2)
- Maria Doubrava – PS Teacher (Grade 1)
- Mary Ann Gorke-Verro – PS Teacher (Grade 2)
- Amy Giammattei – MS Teacher (Music)
Mental Health Sub-Committee
- Tim Farley – MS Principal, Sub-Committee Co-Chair
- Peg Warner – Special Ed. Director, Sub-Committee Co-Chair
- Lina Baker – Parent
- Joe Alessi – Parent
- Michele Clarke – Parent
- Erin Mitchell – MS School Psychologist
- Amy Stephenson – PS Guidance Counselor
- Kelly Bins – PS Psychologist
- Laura Sarno – MS Psychologist
- Kasey Conklin – MS Guidance Counselor
- Dale Tuzcinski – MS Counselor
- Beth Ruiz – HS Psychologist
Operations & Athletics Sub-Committee
- Dan Doyle – Transportation Director, Sub-Committee Co-Chair
- Todd DiGrigoli – Food Services Manager, Sub-Committee Co-Chair
- Michael Brennan – Business Manager, Sub-Committee Co-Chair
- Tim Stewart – Athletic Director
- Dave Ames – MS & HS Parent, Coach @ ICC HS & collegiate levels, ICC Teaching assistant
- Alison Becker – PS Parent
- Christine Burke – MS Parent
Health & Safety Sub-Committee
- Steve Marotta – Director of Facilities and Operations, Sub-Committee Co-Chair
- Patrick Paratore – Questar Health and Safety Specialist, Sub-Committee Co-Chair
- Michael Brennan – Business Manager, Sub-Committee Co-Chair
- Marcella Sanchez – HS Assistant Principal, Sub-Committee Co-Chair
- Michelle Warner – HS Nurse
- Dan Funk – HS Teacher (Physical Education)
- Kate Cabral – PS Parent
- Jennifer Goldman-Westfall – PS Parent
- Frank “Chip” Wood – MS & HS Parent