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Parents and Students Contribute to School Reopening Plans

The Board of Regents and the New York State Education Department (NYSED) are working to develop guidance and regulatory changes that will enable New York's schools to continue safely educating students this fall. Over the past two weeks, the New York State Board of Regents and NYSED have hosted four virtual Regional School Reopening Task Force meetings. Each meeting included more than 300 experts and stakeholders from the fields of health and education. Parents, teachers, school and district leaders, non-instructional staff, school board members, health experts, and other interested parties from every region of the state participated in the meetings and gave feedback to the Board of Regents and NYSED to help guide schools and school districts in the safe reopening of schools. Pittsford Board of Education President Amy J. Thomas is a member of this region’s task force.

Students and parents from across the state have joined virtual meetings to offer their unique perspectives about reopening schools. Student and parent voices are critical in the development of the plan for the upcoming school year. By working together with students, parents and other stakeholders, NYSED’s goal is to ensure that the issues of health, safety, and educational equity always come first.

For more information about the task force and NYSED’s plans, please visit: http://www.nysed.gov/coronavirus