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Depew UFSD Plan for Reopening

As the Depew School Community is well aware, much has occurred since our students were sent home in March 2020. Since that time, we have been very eager for their safe return to school, as we thoughtfully plan for their reentry. Our top priority has been and will always be the safety and well-being of our students and the entire Depew Family. At the same time, we are focused on fulfilling our core mission and commitment to the students of Depew.

On July 13, 2020, we received official guidance from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), New York State Education Department (NYSED), and Governor Cuomo (see the attachments on the District Website) containing details regarding our reopening.

We reviewed these documents and developed the guiding principles of our District’s Reopening Plan.

It is important to note, that as an Administrative Team, we have been meeting weekly, since July 1st to lay the foundational guideposts of our reopening plan. On July 20th and July 21st we convened three subcommittees (Parents, Support Staff, Teachers and Administrators) to review all of this information and to have a deeper discussion about the operationalization of the guidance including the process for gaining stakeholder input and feedback. The overall plan was due to New York State by July 31, 2020.

Attached you will find a the Depew UFSD Reopening Plan 2020-2021 updated 8/13/2020

Depew Schools Family Intent Survey

August 5, 2020

Read the full letter to parents.

First of all, thank you for the continued feedback that you have been providing over the past several weeks on the District’s Reopening Plan through our various ThoughtExchange surveys. It has certainly allowed us to reshape and refine our school-community’s plan. At this point, we need specific information about each of our students and the intent of our families to return to school. We will be gathering this information through the Depew Schools Family Intent Survey.

The survey focuses on:

  • In-person Instruction
  • Remote Learning
  • Internet Access

Please submit a survey for each student in your household by Friday, August 14th. If you have multiple children in the district, please complete multiple, separate surveys for each child.

It is our understanding that Governor Cuomo will make a decision about reopening schools later this week. If the Governor allows schools to reopen, we would need to enact our Hybrid Model Scenario #1, which isreduced capacity with partial reopening and all students UPK thru 12 attending on alternate weekdays. Please see our reopening plan for more details.

Our top priority has been and will always be the safety and well-being of our students and the entire Depew Family. At the same time, we are focused on fulfilling our core mission and commitment to the students of Depew.

Thank you for your time!

Sincerely,
Jeffrey R. Rabey, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools