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Committment Letter - August 3, 2020

Dear Skaneateles family,

Thank you for all of the input and feedback we received throughout our back to school planning process. In order to ensure proper staffing, transportation, and allocation of resources in the coming school year, we need to have more accurate information about which option you intend to select and we need your help.

We are reaching out to ask that you discuss options for the 2020-2021 school year with your family over the next few weeks and commit to the choice most appropriate for your children in the coming year. Please use the following link Selection/Commitment Survey for 2020-2021 school year to access our survey.

Survey information and final selections are required by August 14th, and we request that you commit to the selection for at least 10 weeks.

We know that this is an important decision for all of our families and we appreciate your participation throughout this process.

Stronger together,

Eric Knuth

Dear Skaneateles family,

Included is the Skaneateles Central Schools comprehensive return to school plan. On behalf of the faculty,
administration, and Board of Education we would like to express our sincere appreciation for the level of feedback
we received throughout this process including thoughtful emails, letters, phone calls, surveys, meetings with
community members and task force meetings.

Beliefs
Concern for the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and families was at the heart of our decision
making throughout this process. We believe that in-person instruction will always be superior to remote-only
learning experiences. We were so encouraged by the results of our family survey which mirrored our beliefs that
in-person instruction should be prioritized. We also recognize the need to provide additional support for our
youngest students and those with unique learning needs.

Challenges
All public school districts in New York State are required to follow the exhaustive guidance set forth in the
document included here: NYSED reopening schools guidance. Social distancing guidelines create challenges with
physical space restrictions, transportation, personnel, supervision and most importantly instruction. Our plan is
based on current available data and is subject to change as our circumstances shift throughout the year. For
example, regional infection rates, shifts in attendance, State guidance and executive orders from the Governor
could force us to adapt our plan throughout the year. While we cannot predict any of this with any degree of
certainty, we will be prepared for inevitable school closures and interruption to in-person instruction throughout
the year. School will certainly look different this year, from masks and social distancing, to reduced class sizes and
limited opportunities due to health and safety restrictions. Despite all of these challenges we maintain our
commitment to provide the highest quality educational experience possible for Skaneateles students.

The Plan
All students in grades K-7 will be provided in-person instruction every day. Students in grades 8-12 will be
assigned to one of two groups: Blue Team or Gold Team. Each team will receive 2 days of in-person instruction
and 3 days of remote instruction. The District is prepared to offer remote learning opportunities to all students
who elect for that option and if/when circumstances mandate a school-wide closure. For our students with
disabilities and English Language Learners, additional in-person instructional opportunities will be offered.
Additional information will be communicated throughout the summer.

Sincerely,

Eric Knuth
Superintendent of Schools, Skaneateles CSD
 
Skaneateles Re-opening Schedule
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Superintendent:
Eric Knuth
 
Phone:
315-291-2221
 
Address:
45 East Elizabeth Street
Skaneateles, NY 13152