I have a daughter in 8th grade so when I got a text message from her school laying out detailed rules and regulations for in-person learning on Monday, just like her and many other parents and students, I was pretty excited too. According to WIVB, Monday, April 26 is the big day for many districts across Western New York as students will be headed back to the classroom.

Hamburg Central School District's youngest students, Pre-K through 5th grade will head back five days a week, but grades 6-12 will remain on the hybrid schedule. Although the new guidelines suggest only 3-feet of distancing and masks wearing. There are still some issues with getting all students in grades 6-12 in classrooms and still staying safe.

At Cleveland Hill School in-person learning for grades 3rd-5th and 7th&8th grade will return Monday, May 3rd. Students in high school will return to full in-person learning when the community rates get back to low or moderate Special subjects like physical education, music, and band classes must still follow the 6- feet of social distancing. Most school districts are phase reopening according to the plans that were laid out in early April. I have talked with a few parents in Cheektowaga, Tonawanda, and Hamburg, for the most part, everyone is happy with the way it is going.

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If you are looking for more information on guidance from New York State or the CDC, there is information here. I look forward to seeing the smile on my daughter's face because she gets to be with friends in person.

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