Updated: December 06, 2020 06:36 PM
Created: December 05, 2020 10:06 PM
BATAVIA, N.Y. (WHEC)— The Batavia City School District will now be operating 100% remotely, effective immediately.
In a message Saturday, Superintendent Anibal Soler Jr. said the district is facing several challenges including the ability to fill its in-person learning staff, a rise in out-of-school social gatherings, and a growing number of cases within the district. Currently, Soler reports 39 cases, and more than 100 people in quarantine as a result.
The district has been operating under a hybrid model, though parents do have a choice to have their kids learn remotely.
"I have somebody who may be able to telework from home and remote into the kids," Soler said. "But, I still need to provide another body to be with a group of people for in person, which, at this point, is really tough, with the number of subs that we have, or, I should say the lack of substitutes."
He went on to say teachers are getting burned out.
Additionally, Soler referred to Genesee County's positivity rate, which sits at 8.8%., the highest in New York State.
The district will operate remotely through the upcoming winter break, with further notice to be given on Jan.4. Winter break is set to start on Dec.23. This will factor out to only five days of in-school learning under the current model.
While Batavia is not currently included in a micro-cluster zone, Soler called on more parents to opt-in to consent to COVID testing for their children, Soler says only 24% of parents have signed up.
In part of the statement, Soler wrote:
"At a time where we should be focused on celebrating an upcoming winter break and spending time with our families, I know that this decision will impact many of you negatively and that is not my intent. Ultimately, my intent and one of my main responsibilities as your Superintendent is to always protect the physical and mental health and safety of our students, staff, and community."
The district will still offer daily breakfast and lunch pickups.
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