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Williamsville School District releases timeline for relaunch plan

"All students in the hybrid-instructional model in grades 5 through 12 will be phased into our classrooms by October 26, 2020," McKenna said.

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. — After encountering a few speed bumps over the past few weeks, the Williamsville Central School District has officially announced a timeline for the re-entry phase of hybrid students in grades 5 through 12.

The district released a video Wednesday morning with Acting Superintendent Dr. John McKenna discussing the finalized district plan. McKenna says the school district will begin the "Williamsville re-launch plan" starting October 13.

The re-launch plan will be a three step phase-in process, which will start with the middle schools.

"All students in the hybrid-instructional model in grades 5 through 12 will be phased into our classrooms by October 26, 2020," McKenna said.

The school district provided the following timeline for re-entry:

  • October 13, 2020: grades 5 and 6 will phase in
  • October 19, 2020: grades 7 and 8 will phase in
  • October 26, 2020: grades 9 through 12 will phase in

McKenna says this change does not affect the current K-4 instructional model. He added that upon "thorough review" their committee determined a phased-in model was critical to help support its staff with the transition to the model, and to ensure the school's technology needs were met.

The acting superintendent went into further detail saying that on October 13, students — whether remote or in-person — will continue to follow their daily class schedule on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. 

"Students, whether remote or in-person, will continue to follow their daily class schedule on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays," McKenna said. "Hybrid in-person, hybrid at home learners, and fully remote students will all be part of the same class with teachers providing a synchronous experience, a synchronous instruction, and independent learning."

In addition, starting September 30, Wednesdays will include a brief synchronous homeroom or home-base experience, which will be followed by asynchronous and independent learning.

McKenna says further information will be forthcoming as the school district continues to work through this process.