GASD submits its School Reopening Plan for 2020-21

The Greater Amsterdam School District has submitted and posted its School Reopening Plan for the 2020-21 school year as required by the New York State Education Department (SED) of all school districts by July 31.

Superintendent of Schools Richard Ruberti thanked the district’s SAFER Committee for their work on the draft plan, which will be reviewed by the state in August. The link to the plan is posted below:

“We want to thank our district SAFER Committee members for their leadership and all of our stakeholders for their efforts in this process,” Ruberti said. “Stakeholders representing many segments of our school organization have met regularly since the spring to review evolving guidance, analyze a variety of possible needs and procedures in our district, and review other statewide plans to inform their understanding of how our plan would be structured.”

The district will continue its efforts to support and communicate with students and their families about the reopening plan and other school-related news via its website, district email messaging system, letters from principals and other staff, parent portal and individual calls and other outreach as needed. The public may continue to email questions regarding school reopening to [email protected]

GASD’s School Reopening Plan will be updated regularly as new guidance and regulations are issued by the state during the coming weeks. District residents are encouraged to visit the School Reopening Plan webpage to keep apprised of any updates. 

Following the release of school reopening guidelines by Gov, Cuomo, DOH and SED in mid-July, school districts statewide were required to submit a school reopening plan to SED by July 31. Gov. Cuomo said New York state will review school district plans during the week of August 1-7. The state then will approve, deny, or suggest changes to those plans. Based on 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, the governor said.