Policy & Finance
NOTE: This document is based upon current guidelines and recommendations from the NYS Department of Health and the NYS Education Department. It is a living document and is subject to updates as more information becomes available.
Board of Education Policy
The District will review existing Board of Education policies as they relate to current conditions. Recommendations will be made to the Board of Education for existing policies that may need to be modified and/or for new policies that may need to be added.
Policies we will address include (but are not limited to):
- Extracurricular Activities: Policies regarding extracurricular programs and which activities will be allowed, considering social distancing, PPE usage, and cleaning and disinfection, as well as risk of COVID-19 transmission (e.g., interscholastic sports, assemblies, and other gatherings). Policies should consider how to maintain cohorts, if applicable, or members of the same household. The District will refer to DOH’s “Interim Guidance for Sports and Recreation During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency” to assist in development of these policies; however, interscholastic sports are not permitted at the time of publication of this guidance, and additional information on athletic activities is forthcoming
- Before and Aftercare: Policies regarding before and aftercare programs, considering social distancing, PPE usage, and cleaning and disinfection requirements, as well as risk of COVID-19 transmission. Policies should consider how to maintain cohorts, if applicable, or group members of the same household
- Vulnerable Populations: Policies regarding vulnerable populations, including students, faculty and staff who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 illness, and individuals who may not feel comfortable returning to an in-person educational environment, to allow them to safely participate in educational activities and, where appropriate, accommodate their specific circumstances. These accommodations may include but are not limited to remote learning or telework, modified educational or work settings, or providing additional PPE to individuals with underlying health conditions. The District must also identify and describe any modifications to social distancing or PPE that may be necessary for certain student or staff populations, including individuals who have hearing impairment or loss, students receiving language services, and young students in early education programs, ensuring that any modifications minimize COVID-19 exposure risk for students, faculty, and staff, to the greatest extent possible;
- Transportation: Consistent with State-issued public transit guidance, protocols and procedures, which include that individuals must wear acceptable face coverings at all times on school buses.
During the COVID-19 crisis, all existing state aid reporting requirements and deadlines must be maintained.
Implications of the economic impact created by the COVID-19 crisis on school district finances are unclear. The 2020-2021 budget, however, may be affected for a number of reasons that include:
- New York State aid for 2020-2021 was flat from 2019-2020
- Potential for mid-year cuts to New York State aid
- Additional costs for PPE, transportation, food service and other mitigation needs