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Ken-Ton Union Free School District lays out its plan to bring students back to schools

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Posted at 6:20 AM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 06:20:21-05

KENMORE, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Ken-Ton Union Free School District has announced students will resume their hybrid schedules, laying out its plans in a special meeting Tuesday night.

Students in grades K-4 will resume their hybrid schedules on Monday, December 14, with grades 5-12 returning to the classroom on January 4.

To ensure the school district is adhering to the state's COVID-19 testing guidance for orange zones, the district will test 20% of students in each school for the virus every week. Schools will begin testing students on Wednesday, December 16.

But parents will be a part of the equation to keep students and staff safe. Every day their children are learning in-person, parents will need to complete a screening checklist with their children.

They will need to confirm the following:

  • Their children have not tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Their children do not have any COVID-19 symptoms, including fever.
  • Their children have not had close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Their children have not traveled to any state on New York's Travel Advisory list.

Each school will be equipped with a thermal scanner at the entrance to ensure students coming into school do not have a fever. Any student who is showing symptoms during the school day will be sent home, and schools will have designated "TLC Rooms" in which they can isolate and wait for a family member to pick them up.

District Superintendent Sabatino Cimato believes the district is ready to handle resuming in-person learning.

"We're confident in our staff, we're confident in our teachers and our administrators," he said during Tuesday night's meeting. "We're ready, and we felt that way before this yellow and orange zone designation."

The district says it will release additional information on testing procedures for all families and staff on Friday.