First day for Cortland schools pushed to Sep. 14

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The first day for all students in Cortland City School District is September 14, with the week prior now being used to allow staff to adjust to this year’s hybrid learning model.

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Superintendent Bob Edwards presented at last night’s city council meeting on the district’s complete reopening plans, which include a revised academic calendar that indicates the new start date.

Students are being allowed to begin the year attending classes both in-person and online, but Edwards said a future transition to remote learning only may be possible.


“Those four days after Labor Day are meant for our staff to work through all of the scenarios and practice what our school year is going to look like,” Edwards said.

One issue that’s already apparent is transportation.

Edwards urged those who are able to either bring their children to school or have them walk if close enough.

Due to spacing requirements and a lack of drivers, bus availability is very limited.

Breakfast and lunch will continue to be served at home and in school Monday through Friday, with those in-person eating meals in their socially distanced classrooms.

Additionally, Edwards yesterday confirmed the district has completed its three community webinars mandated by the state.

Recordings of each and more information on full restart plan can be found here.

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