Monday, August 30, 2021

Roy-Hart back-to-school plan


From the Superintendent's Desk

August 30, 2021

Dear Roy-Hart Community:

Over the past month, we have been working to develop our opening plan that will allow for in-person learning five days a week. Our priority has been to provide a safe learning environment for all of our students within the guidance provided. On Friday, August 27, the New York State Health Commissioner issued the following directive:

“After careful review and consideration of CDC recommendations for face coverings/masks in school settings, I hereby adopt such recommendations, imposing them as requirements, where applicable, until this determination is modified or rescinded. Accordingly, universal masking of teachers, staff, students, and visitors to P-12 schools over age two and able to medically tolerate a face covering/mask and regardless of vaccination status, is required until this determination is modified or rescinded.”

Effective immediately, the Royalton-Hartland CSD must adhere to the Health and Safety protocols as indicated:

Instructional Model: 5 days per week, full-time instruction for all students

Classrooms: Face coverings - Mandated (per NYSDOH order); 3 ft’ of distancing (to extent practicable)

Indoor congregate areas (e.g., hallways): Face coverings - Mandated (per NYSDOH order)

Transportation: Face coverings - Mandated (per CDC order)

Cafeteria: 3 ft’ of distancing (to extent practicable); Face coverings - Mandated when not eating/drinking (per NYSDOH order)

Outdoors: No face coverings required

Mask breaks of 5-10 minutes every hour (K-4) or period (5-12) will be recommended and strongly encouraged in all classrooms. We apologize for the late notice of these changes, and look forward to welcoming our students back on September 7.


Dr. Hank Stopinski
Superintendent of Schools