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Clarence parents express concerns over the district's reopening plan

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Posted at 6:15 PM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-10 10:45:07-04

CLARENCE, N.Y. (WKBW) — Parents in the Clarence Central School District have many unanswered questions. The biggest one, will students walk through these doors in September?

“There's certain days where like I'm just going to home school them and then the next day I'm like no I'm going to send them,” said Nicole Cimato, a mom of three.

“If there was a choice between remote, hybrid and sending my kids five days a week, I would most certainly pick five days a week,” said Amy Leach, a mom of three.

Amy Leach said she's not concerned about safety.

“The Clarence School District has done everything they can do to make sure our kids are safe from cleaning supplies, to PPE. We have actually plexiglass cubicles that they're getting for every student,” Leach said.

But Cimato has some reservations.

“We don't know that plexiglass does anything. I go off of what science tells us and there are no statistics showing that plexiglass can save our kids from anything,” Cimato said.

Leach said the school's plan leaves one important element out: education.

“They have covered all the safety measures, but us parents’ don't feel comfortable with the hybrid model or the remote model because they have not provided us with any information on how our kids will be learning,” said Leach.

Cimato said she's concerned about kid's abilities to learn in the school's half day hybrid model that has half of the students at school in the morning, and the other half later in the day.

“I don't love the idea of the half days every day. I'm just not sure if two and a half hours is enough for them to get what they need,” Citmo said.

View the Clarence Central School District’s opening plan here.