MASSENA, N.Y. (WWNY) - Officials at Massena Central School District have announced the school year will start remotely.
In a press release, Massena Superintendent Patrick Brady said the district has made the decision for the “safety of our students, staff and the wider Massena community.”
This comes as the Massena community has seen a significant spread of the coronavirus with 14 new cases and over 100 contacts in the last week. In the release, Brady also says there is also a growing number of students and staff in quarantine.
Brady says up until Friday afternoon, teachers were prepping classrooms for the students’ return next Tuesday.
But more and more parents were calling the district asking for remote learning. Brady says the Junior High School got 15 calls Friday alone.
The school district says they understand the challenges that may impact families as a result of the decision.
“It’s a hardship on families for finding day care and working families, and our staff who’ve spent a lot of time preparing; our administrators. The timing couldn’t be worse, but we really have to step back and look at what’s safe for the staff and the community and our students. And that’s what we’re doing,” said Brady.
Remote learning will begin on September 10th and continue until October 13th. Massena School District will reassess at that time if it will be safe to reopen for in-person learning.
They say they will be providing more information about how remote learning will work for their students in the next few days.