Things are starting to look good for parents that were hoping to get their kids back in school full-time, some schools have already made plans, and students are back in school full days. New York State is easing reopening restrictions on schools to allow students to sit closer together, as long as they continue to wear a mask.

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This new change will bring more students back to the classrooms and reduce their reliance on distance learning. Presidents Joe Biden would like to see 8-k schools fully open by the end of April and has made it his priority. The federal guidelines say that students can sit closer than 6 feet apart as long as they are wearing a mask. Superintendents have become frustrated with States delay in acting on the federal guidelines. Some school districts in Erie County have been trying to prepare for any revisions and are putting surveys online asking for input from parents.

We have been working behind the scenes preparing for an imminent change, and what we said was, we have to wait and see what some of the parameters are before we survey our community, to identify what families would indeed come back five days a week.

Said, Superintendent Dr. Jeff Rabey.

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Now that policies are changing to get students back in the schools there are parents of high school seniors that are wondering what graduations are going to look like this year. Schools did an amazing job last year considering the circumstances. I can only imagine how this year's graduates are feeling about graduation.

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