The Greater Amsterdam School District will host two virtual information forums on the reopening of schools in the fall on Wednesday, July 29. The forums will be held:
- Forum No. 1 for GASD staff only – 2:30 p.m. – on Google Meet. An email invitation will be sent to all staff. Please note, Google Meet limits the number of online participants to 250. If you are unable to join because we’ve reached the limit or you simply are unable to attend at that time and date, the virtual staff forum will be recorded and the link to view emailed to all GASD staff within 48 hours. If you’d like to submit question (s) ahead of time for the staff forum, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29.
- Forum No. 2 for the general public (GASD students, families and community) – 5:30 p.m. – broadcast on the GASD YouTube Channel. CLICK HERE for the link to the channel. If you are unable to attend at that time and date, the virtual public forum will be recorded and the link posted on the GASD website within 48 hours. If you’d like to submit question (s) ahead of time for the public forum, please send them to email@example.com no later than 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29.
Each forum will provide an overview of the district’s nearly completed reopening plan, which must be submitted to the New York State Education Department by July 31. The reopening plan will also be posted prominently on this website for viewing by the public.
A state committee had been in talks for weeks about regional variations for school safety plans and to provide reopening guidance to school districts. GASD, one of 700 school districts in New York state, also has a reopening committee in place called SAFER that meets regularly to assemble its own reopening plan for the school district. That committee will submit its plan to the state by July 31.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York state will review school district reopening plans the week of August 1-7. The state then will approve, deny, or suggest changes to those plans. Based off of the plans and the most recent health data, a decision to reopen schools to students statewide in the fall will also be made by the state at that time, he said.