Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Rich recorded a brief video explaining Central Valley CSD's direction as the district makes plans for reopening school in the fall. That plan must be completed by Friday, July 31.

The seven-minute video speaks candidly about the challenges ahead for families, students, and school employees, whether instruction is in-person, remote, or a hybrid of the two.

The plan focuses on safely maximizing the time students spend in a classroom with their teachers.  For PK-6 students, the goal is for them to in be in the school building every day. Students in grades 7-12 will split time between learning in the classroom and remote learning.

When students and employees are in school buildings or on school buses, they will maintain a social distance of six feet. When social distancing is not possible, masks are required.

The important thing to note is that a COVID-19 outbreak or a new order from Gov.. Cuomo could force the plan to change. Rich describes the plan as a living document and explains that, "We need to be ready to pivot."

Watch Mr. Rich's message: