Hilton CSD announces reopening plan, pending state approval

Patrick Moussignac
Created: March 25, 2021 05:43 PM

HILTON, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Hilton Central School District announced Thursday morning that it plans to return to five days a week of in-person instruction. They plan to start on April 19 pending state approval.

District Superintendent Dr. Casey Kosiorek says the decision to bring students back was based on the increased number of fully vaccinated staff, and the low COVID-19 positivity rates in schools. The district also received feedback from over 1,000 parents, students, and staff. Kosioreck says students can be safely distanced at 3-feet from each other while still maintaining 6-feet from adult staff members. 

Kosiorek says the district is waiting on approval from the State Health Department on CDC Guidelines.

"If the State were to approve CDC Guidelines we would be able to open for our K-6, and then we would have to have a rate between 50-cases, and 99-cases to open up 7 thru 12," said Kosiorek.

Monroe County Public Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza says testing is still key to help keep schools open.

"We know that when we did testing in the schools the rates were exceeding low, and so if we can again show that while there may be increased rates in the community, but it's not finding its way in the schools then I think we ought to have a way to keep schools open," Mendoza said.

Kosiorek says if the State doesn't adopt the CDC Guidance the District will bring back K-6 students five days a week and with 6-feet of social distance. Hilton schools are also closed on April 15 and April 16 to allow the staff to prepare for the transition.

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