Elba school district announces return to in-person learning 5 days a week

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 February 2021 at 2:35 pm

New schedule starts week of March 15

ELBA – The school district will be returning to five days of in-person learning beginning the week of March 15, district superintendent Ned Dale said in a letter to the community today.

The district in northern Genesee County includes some parts of Orleans County.

Elba started the year with a hybrid model, with students in school some days and doing remote education the other days. Some students opted to do remote education all of the days.

“Our hybrid model was successful, but we recognized that students needed more in-person learning,” Dale said in his letter. “Based on a generous donation from Traco Manufacturing, barriers were added to every desk and learning station that allowed the number of students to increase within a classroom.”

Elba was able to move to a four-day-a-week model while continuing to support students that chose a distance learning model. The district hasn’t had any in-school transmission of Covid-19, and that convinced some families that were doing remote learning to return their children to in-person education on the hybrid model, Dale said.

Even with the return to in-person education all five days, Elba will continue to work with those students who stay on remote learning.

“I am pleased with our plans and look forward to having our students here every day on campus,” Dale said.

The return to five days of in-person learning comes almost exactly a year after school districts were closed to in-person learning last school year.

Dale, with his announcement today, said he wanted to give families and staff adequate time to plan for the change accordingly.

“In addition, we may need to adjust the district calendar later this year pending the use of snow days,” he said.