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IMPORTANT | Gradual Reopening Details

All Washingtonville students will still begin school on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 but in a Remote Learning environment transitioning students back in phases during the month of September. The staged plan will welcome Washingtonville students back in transitioned phases.

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Guiding Principles

The development of this plan was guided by and grounded in six guiding principles:

  1. Safeguarding the health and safety of students and staff;
  2. Allowing all students the opportunity to access education in the fall;
  3. Monitoring the school, students, and staff and, when necessary, modifying schedules to appropriately contain COVID-19 spread;
  4. Emphasizing equity, access, and support to the students and communities that are emerging from this historic disruption;
  5. Fostering strong two-way communication with partners, such as families, educators, and staff; and
  6. Factoring the challenges to the physical safety, social emotional well-being, and the mental health needs of our students when they are not in school, into decisions about reopening.


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Plan Introduction

On Monday, July 13, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that school districts in New York can follow plans to reopen for in-person schooling in September if COVID-19 infection rates stay at 5% or lower in a given region.  

Determinations will be made by region about opening and closing schools as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. If a region is in Phase 4 and has a daily infection rate of 5% or lower over a 14-day average, schools in that region could hold in-person instruction. If daily infection rates exceed 9% over a seven-day average, however, schools in that region would not reopen. Similarly, should a region see such an average after reopening, schools in that region would also be directed to close.

While districts have been instructed to prioritize efforts to return all students to in-person instruction, the WCSD  is also planning for virtual/distance learning as well as a hybrid model that combines in-person instruction and virtual  learning. Parents will always have the choice to remain in the virtual learning model. Please be sure to complete the questionnaire emailed to families for all of your children, identifying the instructional model your children will be participating in for the 2020-2021 school year. Please note that if you elect to have your child enroll in the full virtual instructional model, you will need to commit to our Virtual Learning Institute until January 29, 2021. 

The plan outlined here is for the reopening of schools in the Washingtonville Central School for the 2020-21 school year, following the building closure related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This plan includes procedures that will be followed in the following schools:

  • Washingtonville High School- Mr. Brian Connolly- bconnolly@ws.k12.ny.u
  • Washingtonville Middle School- Ms.Teresa Thompson- tthompson@ws.k12.ny.u
  • Round Hill- Mr. Steve Kiel-
  • Taft- Mrs. Christine Williams-
  • Little Britain- Mrs. Sagrario Rudecindo-O’Neill-

The health and safety of our students, our staff and their families is our top priority. We want students and employees to feel comfortable and safe returning to school campuses. Our reopening plan incorporates recommendations and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

It is possible that we may need to alternate between in-person and virtual learning throughout the year due to recommendations and guidance from our partnering agencies, and stay-at-home orders from the Governor. The level of infection, the spread of the virus and response to the disease in our community will be at the forefront of our decision making as we move to open our schools. 
Mrs. Lynn Imperato and Mrs. Maryke Troast will serve as the district’s COVID-19 Coordinators. Mrs. Lynn Imperato, Director of Human Resources and Mrs. Maryke Troast, WCSD Nurse Practitioner, will serve as a central contact for schools and stakeholders, families, staff and other school community members and will ensure the district is in compliance and following the best practices per state and federal guidelines. Mrs. Imperato can be reached at and 845-497-4000 ext. 27011. Mrs. Troast can be reached at and 845-497-4000 ext. 21532.

Of course, as with every plan being developed throughout New York State, this document is fluid and will change as necessary based on guidance from the state, CDC and considerations to our families and our staff.  We strongly believe the services described throughout this  plan are in the best interests of our students, families, staff and community.

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