Utica Schools Will Reopen November With Hybrid Model

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UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — During Utica’s last Board of Education meeting in August, they decided to go completely remote until they could com up with a plan for the rest of school year. Last night the board reconvened and decided to reopen using an hybrid model.

“The decision was made last night to begin that hybrid plan and phase in the elementary school. Student in-person instruction beginning November 1st.” – Steven Falchi, Administrative Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Utica City School District

This hybrid plan will have students spend some days in the classroom and other days at home. Over the summer the school district began assessing what worked and what didn’t, but falchi says they’re still faced with challenges, regardless of planning ahead,

“We’re in uncharted territory right here. School districts have never really fully engaged in full on remote learning. Teachers are facing with planning for remote instruction and things like that. Our teachers have been working extremely hard to provide live instruction to kids along with a blend of activities so that there is an organizations and structure to remote learning.” – Steven Falchi, Administrative Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Utica City School District

Falchi says reopening with a hybrid model in November will give the school district more time to figure what works best, and reevaluate the risk of COVID-19 in our region.

“Down the road we don’t know. We could be back to full remote learning, if there any adjustments we need to make to our hybrid model, any minor adjustments. That gives us time to do that and to ensure that transportation is in place for the students and some of the logistics that need to happen between now and the time the students come back.” – Steven Falchi, Administrative Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Utica City School District

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