Earlier this month the CDC and New York State Department of Health released updated guidance for schools and how much distance should be allowed for students when they are inside school buildings.

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Schools can now reduce the social distance space for students from 6-feet to 3-feet. However, according to reporting by WKBW-TV, the Buffalo Public Schools are going to keep their distance at 6-feet for all students when in schools.

During the Buffalo Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, April 14th, Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash made the announcement.

The Buffalo Public Schools currently has approximately 114 active cases of COVID-19 cases within the school community. Dr. Cash stated his decision was made after receiving the recommendation of the BPS Medical Director, Dr. Dennis Kuo.

With this announcement, the BPS also stated it would continue its phased reopening plan.

  • On April 26th, Phase 3 will bring back some students in grades 9 thru 12 who previously opted out of in-person classes.
  • On May 10th, Phase 4 will bring back some students in grades 5 thru 8 who previously opted out of in-person education.
    • Also, all students in grades PK thru 8 will be allowed to return to school in Phase 4 if they choose.

The BPS will continue to use its hybrid model of classes with students in school buildings 2 or 3 days per week.

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