Large Central NY districts bring back more students for in-person school; will others follow?
Syracuse, N.Y. — As more Central New York parents clamor for in-person instruction and the coronavirus cases decline, some school districts are responding.
Two large school districts — Liverpool and North Syracuse — plan to bring more students back for in-person learning starting in early March. They are adding another day or more of instructional time for junior high or high school students.
The Central Square district is looking to transition to a hybrid model starting in April for its middle and high school students. They have been fully remote since the pandemic started in March.
The Syracuse schools — the region’s largest district — is exploring the possibility of bringing back students who want to attend for more than two days a week, said Michael Henesey, a spokesman.
Whether or not more school districts can bring back more students depends on what happens with the distancing rules, how far apart kids have to stay. Will the districts have to stay at keeping them 6 feet apart, or can that be reduced to 3 or 4 feet?
Henesey said if …
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