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DOH error caused rejection of Cortland schools plan

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Friday is the deadline for school districts that have yet to submit reopening plans to the state, which as of Monday stood at 107 across New York.

Among those on the list was Cortland City School District – one of just nine in CNY – but Superintendent Robert Edwards said it was a mistake by the state which has since been corrected.

“As was the case for a number of school districts, the State erroneously reported that Cortland did not submit its reopening plan in accordance with the deadlines,” reads a statement on the district website. “The district, in fact, met all deadlines, including the State Education Department requirements, Depart of Health requirements, and the posting of the reopening plan to our website. The error occurred at the New York State Department of Health; their error has been corrected.”

Edwards will host another webinar tonight featuring each of the district’s school principals.

The public meeting will be live-streamed here beginning at 5 pm.

It follows a panel discussion last Wednesday (July 5) with Transportation Supervisor Jordon Lilley, Business Administrator Kim Vile and Assistant Director of Facilities Mark Krypel. (full recording available here)

A third webinar is planned for Tuesday (August 18).

As schools reopen, the state is requiring all districts to hold 3-5 discussions with parents & members of the community prior to next Friday (August 21).


WXHC has a webpage dedicated to information on local school reopenings in Cortland County and others nearby. (click here to be directed to that page)

Edwards and Homer Superintendent Thomas Turck also discussed their reopenings with WXHC earlier this month on an edition of Meet Cortland County (click here for that interview).

Another conversation is planned for this week with the Cincinnatus, Marathon and McGraw school superintendents.


See the full list of school districts that have not submitted a plan below:

  • Franklinville
  • Portville
  • Salamanca
  • West Valley
  • Broadalbin-Perth
  • Mayfield
  • Kendall
  • Argyle
  • Fort Ann
  • Hendrick Hudson
  • Bedford
  • Garrison
  • Carle Place
  • Elmont
  • Garden City
  • Lawrence
  • Locust Valley
  • Malverne
  • Manhasset
  • Mineola
  • New Hyde Park
  • Plainedge
  • Plainview
  • Syosset
  • Uniondale
  • Middletown
  • Valley-Montgmry
  • Camden
  • Oriskany
  • Utica
  • Waterville
  • Lake Pleasant
  • C-V At Ilion-Mohawk Csd
  • Van Hornsville
  • Carthage
  • Lyme
  • Newark Valley
  • Spencer Van Etten
  • George Jr Republic
  • Brentwood
  • Brookhaven-Comsewogue Ufsd
  • Deer Park
  • Longwood
  • Middle Country
  • Mount Sinai
  • North Babylon
  • Oysterponds
  • Remsenburg
  • Rocky Point
  • Sachem
  • Tuckahoe Common
  • Wainscott
  • Western Suffolk Boces
  • Arkport
  • Bradford
  • Corning
  • Hammondsport
  • Cooperstown
  • Richfield Springs Csd
  • Worcester
  • Odessa Montour
  • Peru
  • Johnsburg
  • Webster
  • Nyack
  • Sloan
  • Williamsville
  • Catskill
  • Windham Ashland
  • Edinburg Common Sd
  • Shenendehowa
  • Sagaponack
  • Cortland***
  • Andes
  • Margaretville
  • Beacon
  • Poughkeepsie
  • Elmira
  • Victor
  • East Bloomfield
  • Geneva
  • Lewiston Porter
  • Pine Valley
  • Altmar-Parish
  • Oswego
  • Fayettvlle-Manlius
  • Berkshire
  • Germantown
  • Kinderhook
  • Brunswick Central
  • East Greenbush
  • Troy
  • Seneca Falls
  • Eldred
  • Jeff Youngsville
  • Canton
  • Hammond
  • Heuvelton
  • Lisbon
  • Massena
  • Potsdam
  • Palmyra-Macedon
  • Red Creek
  • Wyoming
  • Amsterdam
  • Canajoharie
  • Fort Plain

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