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Opening a school during a pandemic, new charter school opens in Buffalo

All students are doing remote learning
Posted at 6:20 PM, Sep 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-07 18:20:50-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Buffalo Creek Academy Charter School is in its second week of school, ever. The new school began class on August 31st.

The school's Founder & CEO, Dr. Christopher Manning, said the 68 5th and 6th grade students will participate in remote learning five days a week. Teachers will be in their own classroom inside the building, teaching to students live via webcam.

“There’s always uncertainty when you’re a start up, but the Covid crisis caused ambiguity on things that would’ve been clear around spring this year,” Manning said.

The school paused purchases for classroom furniture, and instead bought two vans to deliver a desk and chair, Chromebook, WiFi hotspot, headphones, and various school supplies to every child's home. There is also a privacy backdrop attached to the back of each child's chair.

“How can we make sure that we reduce the amount of distractions that are happening while they’re learning,” Manning said.

One unknown was where the school would be. The current spot on Main Street is temporary, construction at the permanent building on South Park Avenue was delayed due to COVID-19.

“Also being new we didn’t have to reform or rebuild anything we just paused, adjusted and we were able to launch our program with the modern era in mind.”

The school is now being built with touch free sinks, hand sanitizers, and ventilation systems. It will be finished around January.