Lockport City School District

COVID-19 Update

July 29, 2021

The Lockport City School District is optimistic that it will be opening at full capacity this fall. We are currently staffing and preparing our buildings for five days a week, in-person teaching and learning. With that said, school districts are still waiting for updated guidance from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the New York State Education Department (NYSED) on reopening schools in September.

Locally, school districts within the Orleans/Niagara BOCES region continue to communicate with each other and the Niagara County Department of Health, and will continue to wait for guidance from the New York State Education Department regarding the specific requirements for the return to in-person instruction in September. The most recent communication received from NYSED indicates that they will defer decisions about masking and social distancing requirements to the New York State Department of Health, as they view these decisions as “health and safety” matters which are more properly addressed by the NYSDOH. The district will follow any guidance provided to us from NYSED and/or NYSDOH.

We are not anticipating offering a 100% remote option for students next school year.

In the event that a remote option is mandated by NYSED, the Lockport City School District and other area school districts are exploring that type of program through the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES).

Once updated guidance from the state is received and its implications for reopening schools this fall are understood, information will be communicated with the Lockport City School District learning community. Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we continue to manage the pandemic. Stay safe and be well.