I grew up in Rochester, graduated from St. Bonaventure University and worked in radio before joining The Buffalo News. I report on issues in local communities. Over the years I have covered stories in every town in Erie County.
“What I heard from him today is 'you’re on your own,' ” Buffalo Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash said of Gov. Cuomo's announcement that schools in the state can reopen.
"I think all the things he is asking districts to do really forces our hand, most of us, into a remote start," said Joe Cantafio, president of the West Seneca Teachers Association.
The governor said schools must post online their plans on remote learning, Covid-19 testing and contact tracing. Saying "no one size fits all," he said the issues have to be addressed district by district.
April 12, 1948 – Aug. 4, 2020
Private schools are in a far different situation than the one public schools find themselves in as questions swirl about the practicality of sending students back to the classroom.
State reopening guidance does not require schools to perform tests for the coronavirus, but suggests they coordinate with local health departments.
In some districts, as many as one-third of students are expected not to return to the classroom.
Most of the reopening plans reviewed by The Buffalo News lack specific protocols for closing a school if a student or employee becomes infected.
School districts across New York must post reopening plans online today. Here are the districts that have posted their plans so far.
A Town of Tonawanda handyman who preyed on several of his customers last summer was sentenced to seven years in prison for burglary.