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The Homer Central School District will follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local health departments, the New York State Education Department, and all Executive Orders from the Governor of New York State.  Homer Central Schools will continue to update this page over the summer as our plan is developed. 

Homer Schools has finalized the School Reopening Plan for the fall of 2020. The highlights of the plan are below. The complete document can be accessed here.

The Family Reopening Commitment form must be completed for each of your children click here. Please submit this form by August 7th. 


The COVID-19 pandemic challenged us to adapt and adjust educational and operational strategies and activities over the last four and a half months.  Given the uncertainty of circumstances when schools are scheduled to open for the 2020-2021 school year in September, the District is developing plans that will account for all contingencies, as well as being flexible enough to adapt to changes as they may occur. 

To help us develop a high quality plan, we created the Family Re-Opening Survey.

Meeting Date Resources Outcomes
Re-Opening Planning - Team Meeting #1 Monday, July 13th
  1. Developed focus area action items
  2. Established timeline
  3. Finalized parent survey
Re-Opening Planning - Instructional Group Monday, July 20th
  1. Discussed strategies for in-person/remote/hybrid instruction drawing on our experience from Home Learning March - June
  2. Began to identify technology training that is needed to best prepare staff for this plan
  3. Considered changes that will need to be made to the classroom and hallways to ensure social distancing
  4. Discussed what special area subjects instruction might look like given guidance from State Ed on physical distancing
  5. Identified alternative spaces for sites that we are not currently using for instruction
  6. Established regional consideration to HS planning to ensure students access to CTE programming
  7. Discussed access and equity for all students. (Sp.Ed, ELL, Economically Disadvantaged)
Re-Opening Planning - Health and Safety 1 Monday, July 20th Materials
  1. Developed screening process for students, staff and community
  2. Developed protocols for nurses’ office
  3. Developed protocol for handwashing, face masks, hand sanitizers
  4. Identified signage that will be used to communicate health protocols
Re-Opening Planning - Food Service Tuesday, July 21st Materials
  1. Discussed cleaning guidelines for cafeteria and other spaces where meals will be delivered
  2. Developed plan for delivering meals to classroom
  3. Discussed process for determining meal distribution site location(s)
Re-Opening Planning - Transportation Tuesday, July 21st Materials
  1. Discussed enhanced disinfecting plan for buses
  2. Developed social distancing/PPE (student/staff) plan for buses
  3. Discussed pickup/dropoff considerations when implementing social distancing requirements
  4. Outlined alternative routing structures given various student attendance scenarios
  5. Began discussing family parent transport traffic patterns for district schools
Re-Opening Planning - Communications Wednesday, July 22nd Materials
  1. Reviewed family re-opening survey for themes/highlights that has been completed by more than 770 individuals as of 7/22; discussed how best to share results (district re-opening page and superintendent message on 7/24)
  2. Discussed health protocol signage and other forms of communication to be used for students, staff, and community.
  3. Identified modes/timing of communication that will be used to communicate with all stakeholder groups about re-opening planning and implementation
  4. Reviewed communication components of re-opening plan template
Re-Opening Planning - Social-Emotional Thursday, July 23rd Materials
  1. Reviewed and updated district-wide and building-level comprehensive developmental school counseling program plans to meet current needs due to COVID-19 pandemic
  2. Identified internal/external social-emotional resources and began development of student referral process
  3. Discussed professional staff development opportunities for faculty and staff on how to support students during and after the COVID-19 public health emergency
Re-Opening Planning - Team Meeting #2 Thursday, July 23rd  
  1. A representative from each subgroup shared the progress made on action items
  2. Reviewed Re-Opening Plan template/draft
  3. Assigned additional tasks yet to be completed


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Mr. Thomas Turck, Superintendent

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