Online parent forums to begin Aug. 17

Herkimer Central School District will hold three online information sessions for parents beginning Monday, Aug. 17, in compliance with recently announced statewide requirements.

On Friday, Aug. 7, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that in-person instruction is permitted in all regions of New York state for the start of the 2020-21 school year based on current COVID-19 infection rates, while also outlining new requirements related to school reopening plans.

These requirements include holding at least three information sessions for parents and members of the community to ask questions and learn more about our reopening plan. The schedule for these online sessions is as follows (each will begin at 7 p.m.):

  • Monday, Aug. 17: High school
  • Tuesday, Aug. 18: Middle school
  • Wednesday, Aug. 19: Elementary school

Links to these livestreamed forums will be provided on the district website. A forum for staff is also being planned for Thursday, Aug. 20. Questions about reopening can be submitted to Communications Specialist Emily Popek at

The Governor is also requiring schools to highlight plans for remote learning, COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, which are all parts of the district’s reopening plan that was recently submitted to the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and New York State Department of Health (DOH). Those sections of our plan can be found here, and are linked from the homepage of the district website:

The district’s reopening plan was created based on guidelines from federal and state agencies, as well as feedback from community stakeholders. A copy of the complete plan can be found here:

Questions or concerns about the district’s reopening plan can be directed to the district office.

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