Buffalo Public Schools to take steps to prepare for possible closure

Posted at 5:21 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 23:42:11-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash announced Friday all Buffalo Public Schools will be closed Monday as it takes steps to prepare for a possible closure for up to three weeks due to the Coronavirus.

Although schools are closed Monday, faculty are to report to continue to refine lessons for pre-k through grade 12.

Both staff and students are to report to school Tuesday.

Students will be sent home Tuesday with materials and devices so that they will be able to learn from home for up to three weeks.

The superintendent says by the end of Tuesday he will speak with other schools throughout the state to see how many have closed.

At that point he will make the decision on whether Buffalo Public Schools for an extended period of time. The latest a decision could come is Wednesday.

"If we come out with an extended school closure, we want to come out sort of as a region on this matter rather than drips and drabs, and school-by-school, because of the domino effect," Dr. Cash said.

All community schools in the district would remain open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. everyday to serve breakfast and lunch for all students, as well as provide other services for students and their families. Any student in the Buffalo district, regardless of where they may attend school, would be able to get meals.

"We do have enough resources to provide the breakfast and the lunch for any family and any child that needs it," Dr. Cash said.

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