Many parents and children across Western New York have begun back to school shopping but will school once again be a mix of remote and in-person learning?

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Currently, many school districts in Western New York are set to begin school right after Labor Day with five days of in-person learning. This is a big change from last school year where many schools used a hybrid method, where kids would attend school in-person for 2 or 3 days a week and then learn from home the other days.

My son Avry who went to Sweet Home High School was on a hybrid schedule where he went for in-person learning on Mondays and Tuesdays and then did remote learning for the rest of the week. While he did like the fact that he could do remote learning, he did miss seeing friends in person while at school.

This year, most schools are planning on 5 days of in-person learning, but with cases of COVID-19 rising, schools could be forced to return to remote learning full-time or a hybrid model of learning.

Right now Erie County along with Niagara counties are in the "Substantial Risk" category for COVID-19 cases according to the CDC and could see major increases of positive cases if guidelines are not followed.

Most schools are encouraging students and staff to wear masks while on school property and New York State has released some guidelines for schools as the school year quickly approaches. See the guideline HERE

Even some parents are calling for the Buffalo Public Schools to offer remote learning options this school year so they can decide what is best for their children.

As of this writing, the plan for most schools in Western New York is to return to 5 days of in-person learning. But as a parent, we know that this could change at any moment.


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