Reopening 2020


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Many district procedures and practices have been modified for the 2020-21 school year due to COVID-19. This page provides a guide to those changes.


Students, staff and visitors are expected to wear face coverings inside, including on the school bus, when social distancing is not possible. Students will be allowed to remove face coverings during meals, instruction and for short breaks so long as they maintain appropriate social distance. Students who are unable to medically tolerate a face covering will not be required to wear one.

On Monday, June 7, Governor Cuomo announced that masking requirements for schools would be lifted for outdoor activities


We ask parents and guardians to assess their child’s health and the health of others in the household before traveling to school. If anyone in the household is showing the following symptoms without a known cause, the child should stay home:

  • Fever over 100 F

  • Chills

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • Recent loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion

  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

All students, staff and visitors will have their temperatures taken by a district employee prior to entering a school bus or building. All students will have their temperatures taken prior to entering a bus or the school building.

Read more about health and safety procedures during the 2020-21 school year..


The district will report positive cases daily to the state Department of Health’s COVID Report Card dashboard. Anyone who is suspected of COVID-19 will be directed to contact their health care provider for evaluation and possible testing. State local health departments will be notified immediately of any positive COVID-19 diagnostic test result by an individual in school facilities or on school grounds.

Contact tracing and quarantine orders will be directed by the local health department. The district will participate fully in all contact tracing efforts so that local health officials can contact and notify families of any possible exposure to COVID-19, and direct families of the necessary steps (testing, quarantine, etc.)


Grades PK-6 have returned to in-person instruction on a daily basis in September. In March 2021, Grades 7-10 returned to-in person instruction. In the event the district needs to close part or all of the school, students will transition to a remote/distance learning model. 

Read more about teaching and learning during the 2020-21 school year.


Students will eat breakfast in the classroom and will eat lunch in the cafeteria or small gym. 

Read more about food service procedures during the 2020-21 school year.


The Hornell YMCA is operating a before and after school care program Monday through Friday on school grounds. 

Read more about the YMCA program's schedule and fees.