New York State Regents Board Sets Rules for Re-Opening Schools

New York State Regents Board Sets Rules for Re-Opening Schools

The New York State Board of Regents at their meeting today set new rules for the re-opening of schools in the fall.

All schools will be required to conduct routine health checks of students and faculty, implement social distancing measures, ensure that those who contract COVID-19 be isolated in their homes, require face coverings for all, make sure that everyone washes their hands, and regularly clean classrooms.

Additionally, all schools will be required to provide nutritious meals for all students enrolled regardless of whether they are present in the school building or if they are learning remotely.

Schools are additionally instructed to ensure the “social emotional well-being” of all students as they return to school after a traumatic period.

Regarding school buses, all school districts must regularly clean the buses as well as train staff to ensure the best safe operation of the buses including the wearing of masks and the efficient routing of bus routes.

The Board of Regents also gave instructions for how to conduct attendance reports and how to address chronic absenteeism.

Teachers under the new regulations will also be required to “maintain continuity of learning” meaning that they will have to ensure no students fall behind the standards set by the State.

Image credit: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office.

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