Public school superintendents issued a joint statement Friday with an update on how districts will proceed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beginning Monday, all nondistrict events will be suspended until March 31. This includes any large gathering held indoors after school hours, any non-district-sponsored events, meetings, programs and district-sponsored indoor performing arts events. Section II athletic scrimmages are suspended through April 19, but practices can continue during this time.

District-sponsored classes, including Questar programs, after school clubs, rehearsals and practices, before and after care, breakfast and lunch in school cafeterias, staff meetings and professional development, assemblies that are part of the school day, and Board of Education meetings are not cancelled as of the March 13 statement.

The district is also postponing or canceling all school-sponsored student field trips or travel of any kind outside of school district boundaries.

Superintendents have been working with their respective districts to proactively develop an education plan in the event of school closure, according to the statement.

“This plan includes, but is not limited to, connectivity and internet access in homes of students and providing devices for students who do not have them,” according to the statement. “We understand online instruction may not be feasible for everyone so the district is also discussing other viable options. Please be assured that alternative learning plans are in development just in case.”

Parents and students can visit their district’s website for more information on individual closures and cancellations.

Abby Hoover is a reporter for the Register-Star. Contact her at ahoover@registerstar.com or (518) 828-1616 x 2500.

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