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Grades 3-8 Return to Fully In-Person School, April 13

March 31, 2021

Dear Avoca Parents/Guardians,

As you likely know, last month we implemented our “Return to School Plan” beginning with our PreK-2 students. Phase 2 of this strategic shift back to fully in-person instruction will begin Tuesday, April 13, 2021 when students in grades 3-8 return to school every week day. (The final phase is anticipated for Monday, April 26 when students in grades 9-12 will return to full in-person school.)

We began drafting our “Return to School Plan” after reviewing the data and feedback from the district’s “Return to School” surveys and conferring frequently with the Reopening Committee and the Steuben County Department of Health.

As educational professionals we know the best place for our students is in school. We will continue to phase in our plan in a strategic and thoughtful manner while keeping the health and safety of our students and staff at the forefront. We will also continue to follow health guidelines and adhere to the Governor’s Executive Orders as we plan to bring our students back full time.

Continued Health & Safety Measures
When students and staff are in school they will be required to wear acceptable face coverings (excluding students who are unable to medically tolerate a face covering) when they are unable to keep a distance of six feet. Please be sure to send your children to school with a mask.

Students will also adhere to the social distancing requirements during meals. Breakfast will be eaten in classrooms and lunch will either be in a classroom, the cafeteria or the small gymnasium.

Our staff will continue to conduct daily temperature checks on students, and parents are reminded that they should keep children home if they have a fever and/or other COVID-related symptoms. Furthermore, we will continue to clean and sanitize the building every evening.

If we all work together and follow the health and safety guidelines there is a greater chance that we can keep our doors open and our school operational for the remainder of the school year. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your child’s school principal or me.

Thank you,


Superintendent Stephen C. Saxton