Updated: May 18, 2021 12:16 PM
Created: May 18, 2021 11:10 AM
BRIGHTON, N.Y. (WHEC) — The doors will be back open full time for some students in the Brighton Central School District come Monday.
In an open letter, the district Tuesday announced it plans to fully reopen to students in grades 6-12 on Monday due to what it says is the downward trend of COVID numbers, using the 100 per day case count.
Superintendent Kevin McGowan warned if the numbers do not continue to go in the right direction, the district will either cancel or "briefly delay" the reopening.
As part of his letter, McGowan wrote:
"This will not drag on. If the trend plateaus and an imminent reopening does not seem likely, we will make the decision to stay hybrid for the remainder of the year. I do not anticipate the decision carrying past the first few days of next week. I really do not anticipate that being an issue, as the trend is moving in the right direction."
New York state released revised guidelines in April, allowing for at least 3 feet of distance between students in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms in counties with a low or moderate risk of transmission. If the district is in an area with a high rate of transmission, 6 feet is necessary and cohorting is not possible.
A high rate of transmission is defined as a number of new COVID-19 cases greater than 100 per 1,000 people in the past seven days. "Substantial transmission" is defined as a number of new COVID-19 cases between 50 and 99 per 1,000 people.
While CDC recommendations on masking for vaccinated people have changed, McGowan says schools still have not received word on changes for school or outside-related events. He says the district has reached out to the Department of Health.
News10NBC has compiled a list of school plans around the region, which can be found here.
Per Brighton's calendar, the school year is scheduled to be complete by June 24.
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