Buttenschon: State needs to provide answers, info to schools, parents

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A state overview of how school districts are prepared to address the health and needs of children, teachers and staff for reopenings following COVID-19 closures is being sought by Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon.

A review by officials, including those at the state Department of Education, should include all facets of the education system, Buttenschon, D-119, Marcy, announced Friday.

“New York state’s educational reopening process during this public health crisis has resulted in an array of mixed emotions among parents, staff and students,” said Buttenschon.

“We have several school districts completing individual plans that impact parents and our youth’s education differently. We need to ensure that a threshold is upheld across the board. Our teachers are our platform for our future generation. Their health, both mental and physical, needs to remain a priority while we work to reopen our schools. I am calling for immediate attention to the fundamental needs within our school districts at this time.”

Buttenschon has received “countless” questions regarding “the resumption of in-person classes and is working to uncover a clear directive on how contact tracing and quarantines will be conducted to protect everyone within the schools,” her announcement said.

“I hear from constituents every day regarding fear and concerns over the school’s reopening process,” Buttenschon remarked.

“These parents and teachers need solid answers. We need to check the guidelines to ensure that every school is adhering to them and specify how we will maintain this structure as schools begin to welcome their students back,” the assemblywoman added.

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