Lockport City School District

COVID-19 Update

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

A Message from Superintendent Bradley

As the District continues to monitor the most recent developments of the COVID-19 pandemic relating to schools, it has resulted in a reconsideration of the plan to shift to a full remote instructional model scheduled for December 14, 2020. The Lockport City School District will NOT be shifting to a full remote instructional model for all staff and students this coming Monday, December 14, 2020.

Although there has been a rise in cases in Niagara County and anticipation of a yellow, orange or red zone designation through Governor Cuomo’s micro-cluster strategy, it has not happened. Furthermore, surrounding school districts in orange and red zones are reopening and returning their students to the hybrid model of instruction next week based on the Governor’s relaxing of testing requirements for schools in orange and red zones. The Governor is also clearly emphasizing that districts should keep students in school when it is safe to do so during the pandemic. As we know, the Lockport City School District’s plan has allowed us to do so.

The Lockport City School District administration will continue to closely monitor our District's data relating to absenteeism and staffing constraints as a result of positive cases. Please be reminded that a shift to a full remote instructional model within a building could occur at any time when the District is notified of positive cases and/or we are not able to provide proper staffing coverage.

In summary, the in-person hybrid instructional model will remain in place through December 22 and after recess, and the District’s current protocols and procedures will continue to be followed. Parents should continue to communicate any concerns with their children’s teachers and building principals.

At this time, no one knows for certain how the upcoming holiday season will impact the number of positive cases in our community, the region, or in New York State. For now, we will wait to see what the month of January brings.

We continue to be confronted with many challenges and very trying times. Most important is the health and safety of all people within the Lockport City School District learning community. It seems like there is light at the end of the tunnel. It will take our patience, our stamina, and our partnerships to continue to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please remember to practice social distancing, wear a face covering, wash your hands frequently, and monitor your health regularly.

Stay safe and be well.