A Message from Nelson Kise, Superintendent of Schools
Good morning Sodus families,
I hope this message finds you all well and that you are enjoying the summer months. Our entire team is looking forward to welcoming your child back to school on Tuesday, September 7th. While we had hoped that COVID would be a thing of the past by this point, unfortunately, it is still prevalent and wreaking havoc in many parts of our country.
Wayne County Superintendents have been in frequent contact with the DOH and we continue to monitor this situation very closely. As of today, neither the governor’s office nor the NYS Department of Health have provided final guidance for what the opening of school will look like. However, we have received some information from the NYS Education Department, and they shared the recommendations they have sent to the governor’s office. While this is a very fluid situation, I wanted to take a moment to share with you our draft plans for the opening of the 21-22 school year.
- We are planning for a normal opening. All enrolled Sodus students will attend in-person 5 days a week, full days.
- We will no longer be offering virtual learning options to students.
- Based on current CDC guidance, we believe that all students and staff, whether vaccinated or not, will need to wear masks indoors when certain social distancing guidelines cannot be met. At this point, the recommended social distance is 3 feet. We can definitely accomplish this distancing recommendation in our classrooms.
- Bus capacity limits have been relaxed. We are currently routing for normal bus capacity. Please realize that masks will be required 100% of time on buses.
I want to stress that the above plans are based on current guidance, and we remain hopeful that we will not be given more restrictive rules to follow. While I know that there are many debates happening in society regarding whether or not children and staff in schools should wear masks, if by wearing them we are able to open our schools fully on September 7th, I would call that a win. We missed seeing all Sodus students daily last year and we will do everything in our power to give them a more normalized school experience this year.
I wanted to take a moment today to share our current plans and let you know that we will be monitoring the current situation closely. I will be sure to keep you updated as September approaches. Let’s remain hopeful that the final guidance document will allow us to implement our current planning efforts and get back to a regular school schedule.
Please give my best to your children and let them know that we can’t wait to see them soon. As always, if you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s principal or me anytime.