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Superintendent's Message: Plan for Reopening

Dear Members of the Black Knight Learning Community:

   The district’s administrative team has been working hard to develop a reopening plan that establishes and maintains in-person learning throughout the 2021-22 school year.

    On Monday night, our Board of Education reviewed a plan that we hope accomplishes those goals. This plan was developed based on guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics, Wayne County Public Health, New York State Education Department and our own legal counsel.

   Wayne County is presently in the “High” classification for transmission with 101 active cases being followed.


Highlights of our plan include:

  • This plan is subject to change with limited notice based upon State, regional and local circumstances
  • This plan will be reviewed at the 6-week mark of in-person instruction.
  • All students will return to full in-person learning this fall.
  • There will be no mandatory vaccination requirement to attend school.
  • The district will use the CDC transmission ratings of Low, Moderate, Substantial and High in its decision making.
  • Masking in the outdoors will be highly recommended for the unvaccinated, but not required.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, all individuals will be required to wear a mask indoors during transmission classifications of Moderate, Substantial and High.
  • In addition to the 6-week review of the plan, 3 consecutive days in a Low transmission classification would also trigger a review of our plan.
  • Masks may be temporarily removed while drinking, eating, and during designated mask breaks.
  • Any individual not complying with these requirements will not be allowed to remain in the building.
  • Regardless of the transmission rate, all individuals will be required to wear masks at all times during District provided transportation.
  • The District will follow CDC guidelines for cleaning and sanitization. 
  • Three-foot “social distancing” will be required to the extent possible.
  • Parents allowing a child to board a school bus or enter the school building for the instructional program are verifying that a health screen (as described in the plan) has been completed. As a secondary preventative measure, the district will also temperature screen students as they enter the buildings.
  • In the event of a positive case, the district will work with Wayne County Public Health to determine contract tracing and quarantining protocols.

I encourage you to read through our plan and familiarize yourself with all of the details. We will be closely monitoring the circumstances throughout the year and make adjustments to the plan when we feel it is necessary and safe.

Thank you all for your continued support.


Donald Bavis

Superintendent of Schools