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Letter to the Community

Dear Parents and Community Members:

On August 7th, Governor Cuomo authorized in-person learning for students in New York State.  On September 9th, Marathon SCD will begin the year with our hybrid model. Our primary focus is to teach our students in a safe environment.  To accomplish this, students in UPK-5th grade will attend in-person learning daily and will be properly socially distanced 6 feet apart. Classrooms will operate in cohorts, minimizing the number of people students are exposed to.   To create space for social distancing at the junior/senior high school, students in grades 6-8 will attend in-person learning on Mondays and Wednesdays while students in grades 9-12 will attend in-person learning on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  All students in grades 6-12 who are not in school on their assigned in-person learning day will be learning from home remotely.  Students who attend OCM BOCES classes or out of district special education programs will attend those programs Monday-Friday in-person.  

Parents were given the opportunity to choose the mode of learning for their child during this pandemic. Parents that chose to have their children learn remotely, committed to doing so for the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year.  This choice was made through a survey and the list of fully remote learners was finalized on August 17th.  Students who move into the district will be given the choice of in-person or remote learning as long as there is enough space in a classroom to adhere to our social distancing requirements. Parents were also given the choice to have their children ride the school bus.  Parents who have opted to bring their children to school have made that commitment for the first 10 weeks of school.  Students will be allowed one pick up and one drop off point for bus transportation to ensure that the district is able to properly socially distance students.  

All Students will be required to wear masks if they attend in-person learning and when they are riding the school bus.  Mask breaks will be given in school when students are socially distanced and in a quiet setting or when eating. 

Students will need to be pre-screened prior to coming to school each day.  Students that have a temperature above 100.0 degree fahrenheit or are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms must stay home. Students who exhibit those symptoms can return back to school with either a doctor's note, a negative COVID test or the completion of a 14 day quarantine.

We anticipate that we will move between our hybrid, remote and full in person plans this year.  The type of learning plan will depend on the rate of infection in our region, direction from Governor Cuomo and the Department of Health.  The plans were designed to be fluid, responding to the needs of our students and staff as we progress through the year.  All changes will be made here on the website, to make sure students, parents, community members and staff always have the most up to date information.

Our plans continues to focus on student and staff safety, student engagement and the social emotional health of our school community.  Safety measures will focus on hand hygiene, social distancing, respiratory hygiene (including the wearing of masks) and cleaning.  Student engagement will include methods of instruction/common learning platforms to promote student learning, providing in-person learning when possible (focusing on our most vulnerable population - young learners, students with special needs and our ENL populations) and recording daily attendance.  Social-emotional health will include weekly check ins with students/families and increased training for staff and students.

Our reopening plans incorporate recommendations and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the New York State Education Department (NYSED). It includes all district assurances to NYSED  as well as the elements outlined in the New York State Department of Education and Department of Health guidance documents.

We look forward to getting back to “normal”.  Until that happens, we are ready to educate your children and continue to be Marathon Strong.

Thank you for all you do to work with our school community.


Rebecca Stone
Superintendent of Schools