Countywide Reopening

Reopening Rockland County Schools 2020-21 Workgroup

On March 16, 2020, due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order directing all schools in New York State to close by Wednesday, March 18 for a period of two weeks ending April 1. The March 16 executive order was later extended several times, ultimately prohibiting New York’s K–12 schools from providing traditional, in-person instruction for the remainder of the 2019–20 academic year.

In May 2020, Rockland BOCES convened a stakeholder workgroup to inform recommendations and guidance for local school districts as administrators plan for the reopening of Rockland County’s schools in the 2020–21 school year. The broad workgroup consists of more than 100 school executives, educators, health and safety experts, mental health clinicians, transportation planners, communications strategists, government officials, community-based organizations, parents and community members.

The group is expected to conclude its work in August 2020.

List of Members and Workgroup Materials

May 20 Meeting
June 10 Meeting

Information About Subcommittees
As part of the collaborative effort to plan for the reopening of Rockland County schools in the fall of 2020, the large committee is comprised of several small subcommittees, with additional members possessing content area expertise. These groups and their members are included below.

  • Transportation
  • Facilities/Safety
  • Training
  • Nursing
  • Food Services
  • Business
  • Technology
  • Instructional Practice
  • Graduation
  • MLL’s
  • Special Education
  • Social and Emotional Learning Needs
  • Communications/PR
  • Community. Government and Parents
  • Athletics/Extra-Curricular

Information For School Districts

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