Statement from JPS Superintendent Dr. Kevin Whitaker

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NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that school districts can open school buildings in the fall, leaving the decision on how to reopen to individual districts, while also changing some of the guidance that was previously issued to schools. Governor Cuomo has announced additional requirements and modifications to the previously established guidance from the Department of Health and State Education Department that we have been operating under since they were released in mid-July. In order to determine the proper path to address these changes, we will need to gain clarification from the NYS Department of Health and the Department of Education to better understand which guidance is to be treated as the controlling language.

In the meantime, we are running short on time. JPS will continue with our planning process, taking into account the changes that we are faced with. We care deeply about our JPS community and want to ensure that our process continues to involve the input of our parents and community members. We want to be sure that our school plans address safety concerns in the best way possible, and with input from our students, parents and staff. JPS’ on-line survey regarding our reopening plan remains open for feedback.

As announced in our original timeline, we will be communicating by the end of next week about the modifications to our reopening plan based on our community’s input. We will also be scheduling virtual meetings with parents and teachers to discuss our reopening plan prior to August 21st. Please visit our website or social media platforms for information about the dates and times of these events.

Please know that the health and safety of our students and staff is our number one priority and we continue to focus our efforts on our number one goal of student and staff safety.