CENTRAL VALLEY - Monroe-Woodbury schools Superintendent Elsie Rodriguez said Gov. Andrew Cuomo's decision to keep New York schools closed for the rest of the school year came as no surprise but signals a tough road ahead to plan for reopening with big changes to add social distancing.
The tipoff for school administrators that their buildings would not reopen was an email this week from Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa, seeking volunteers to serve on a task force that will plan how schools could safely resume operations and avoid spreading the coronavirus.
Rodriguez has offered to serve on that task force and said she plans to assemble one for Monroe-Woodbury as well to examine how to resume school while keeping space between students and staff in classrooms and cafeterias and on buses. All options must be on the table, including alternate building days for students and continuing some online instruction that is being pioneered now.
"Nothing is out of the question," she said.
She said she agreed with the decision to keep schools closed, while acknowledging the closure has been tough for students and their families.
"It's a hard decision, but it certainly is the right decision," Rodriguez said.
She said the district has rescheduled graduation for July 31 and plans to hold online versions of other end-of-the-year events, including a kindergarten festival and scholarship awards for graduating seniors.