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Waterloo will bring back elementary students for in-person learning, but middle/high school staying remote

Some Waterloo students will be returning to in-person learning on Monday.

However, it won’t be for everyone.

Superintendent Terri Bavis said in an email to families that primary and intermediate school students will return to normal hybrid schedules. Students at the middle and high schools will remain fully-remote.

The district’s athletic programs will also continue uninterrupted.

“Today our District Administrative team was able to work collaboratively to adjust yesterday’s remote learning plan. This will provide additional support to our students and families,” Bavis said in the email. “Thank you to our full administrative team who met late into last evening. A special thanks to our Transportation Supervisor, Mr. D Laffoon, for his creativity and hard work over the past 24 hours to get our elementary students back to hybrid in-person learning.”

She says that based on guidance from NYSED and their reopening instructions, the district was able to develop a transportation schedule to support the elementary and intermediate students. “With the limited number of drivers the District has available, and smaller elementary class sizes, we will be able to support hybrid in-person learning for students at Skoi-Yase Primary and LaFayette Intermediate School,” Bavis continued.

Here’s how Waterloo says it will play out:

  • On Monday, November 9, 2020, all UPK- Grade 5 students at Skoi-Yase Primary School and LaFayette Intermediate School will return to their regular hybrid in-person learning schedule. All students will use their regular bus routes.
  • Middle/High School students will continue to stay on a full remote schedule.
  • Athletics will continue its regular schedule, as planned.
  • The Grab and Go lunch program will continue as planned. Mr. Brian Corey, our Cafeteria Manager will continue to send reminders for ordering on Mondays and Thursdays each week for any families who are interested in the Grab and Go breakfast and lunch program. There is a link on our District website for additional information regarding this program.
  • Wednesday, November 11, 2020, is Veterans Day, which is a national holiday. All schools will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

“Again, the District would like to ask our school community to help us prevent the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, washing hands, practicing social distancing, and avoiding any large gatherings,” she concluded.