Ahead of the holiday break, Bedford Central School District Superintendent Joel Adelberg informed community members that next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 21, 22 and 23, will be remote instructional days for all BCSD students in place of in-person instruction or hybrid instruction.
“Please know that this was a challenging decision to make and was not made in isolation or without considerable deliberation and thought,” Mr. Adelberg wrote in a notice sent out to parents, faculty and staff.
The decision was made partially as a preventative measure, he explained. By going fully remote on the three days leading up to the holiday break, the district hopes to reduce the likelihood that it will have positive cases, in turn requiring them to notify families and staff members that they need to quarantine.
The superintendent also said that “continuing cases are challenging our ability to adequately staff our schools and provide continuity of instruction and services to our students.”
In recent weeks, BCSD has had to pivot to full remote learning in several buildings. Due to the amount of staff in quarantine at Pound Ridge Elementary School, students were required to switch to all-remote instruction from Monday, Dec. 14, through Thursday, Dec. 17. A similar situation pushed all of Fox Lane High School to remote learning on Monday, Dec. 7 for one day.
Due to these scheduling changes, which is altering the desired balance of creating in-person and hybrid days, community members will receive an updated calendar for the months of January and February.
This may not be the last adjustment, however. At the Dec. 16 Board of Education meeting, Michael Groarke, president of the Bedford Teachers Association, made a plea for district leaders to consider extending remote learning through Jan. 8. He shared that Yorktown Central School District has already made this decision based on the recommendations of district physician Dr. Louis Corsaro.
“Dr. Corsaro suggests that this week of remote instruction could put a school district in a better position to remain open long term throughout the second half of the year,” Mr. Groarke told the board. “We can give ourselves the best shot at a healthy and prosperous 2021 with this smart decision.”
The Board of Education did not discuss the request during this week’s meeting, so it remains unclear if they will consider it.
Community members can refer to the district website, bcsdny.org, for any updates.