NEWBURGH – Following a special Monday morning Board of Education meeting, the Newburgh Enlarged City School District Acting Superintendent of Schools Ed Forgit announced that the start date of schools opening would be delayed.
Forgit in a letter to district parents and students said, “due to the initial guidance issued by the NYS Department of Health on Friday evening, August 27, and long term mitigation planning, the Board of Education has voted to approve changes to the district calendar for the start of the new year. This vote occurred on Monday, August 30, 2021. The district anticipates additional guidance to be issued by the NYSDOH at some point this week. We will continue to keep you updated.”
The adjustment of three days has rescheduled the first day of school for students to Thursday, September 9, 2021. Wednesday and Thursday, September 1 and 2, 2021 will now be Superintendent’s Conference Days. Friday, September 3, 2021 will be an emergency day and the district will be closed, with the exception of some essential personnel. The additional time will allow the district to receive supplies to add more indoor and outdoor seating to maintain additional physical distancing during meal times. The time will also allow the grounds crew and custodial staff an opportunity to best prepare all of the facilities during those days for this adjustment, which will continue through Friday, September 3.
With the exception of this change, the district will continue to follow the 2021-2022 Reopening Guidebook.
“I recognize that you may have questions about how this change may impact the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year calendar and the use of future emergency days,” Forgit stated.
“We will be working with our collective bargaining units in the upcoming weeks and will have more information to share soon. I also recognize the inconvenience this may have caused with regards to childcare and assure you that timely communication will be a priority for our team if/when any new guidance is received that changes our current model.”