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Schools are granted extension to submit reopening plans to State Education Department

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Posted at 12:44 PM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 13:23:09-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The New York State Education Department is extending the time schools and school districts have to submit their academic reopening plans. Health and safety reopening plans still need to be submitted by the July 31st deadline the New York State Department of Health.

In a letter to school leaders on July 29th, Deputy Commissioner Kimberly Young Wilkins offered that any Local Education Agencies that need additional time to craft their plan will be granted up to a one-week extension.

The Education Department had originally given the schools a deadline of July 31st to submit the plan via an online survey portal. Included in the submission requirements are a link to the public website where each school plan has been publicly posted; and assurances that all of the mandatory elements outlined in the state's reopening guidelines are being met.

It is unclear what school districts in Western New York will be needing this extension from the Education Department.