As the Waterville Central School District maps out the way the 2020-21 school year will begin in two weeks, administrators responded to numerous questions parents have on the plan.
For almost five hours last week over two sessions, administrators and members of the WCS Board of Education fielded questions ranging from how the schedules will work to what happens if a student tests positive for Covid-19.
That time also included a special BOE meeting where board members heard the cost of sending all Memorial Park Students to school for full days five days a week.
Many of the questions addressed in the morning session sprang up in the evening session during the board meeting. They had also been addressed the week prior in the first meeting outlining what parents need to know.
School opens Tuesday, Sept. 8. Under the Waterville plan, all approximately 800 students in grades kindergarten through seniors will attend either a morning or afternoon session in school unless their parents opted to keep them home for remote learning.
Junior and Senior High students will put in a full school day five days a week by following classes livestreamed when not in the building.
MPS students will be given work to do outside of class that does not involve livestreaming or watching their teachers via the computer.
Both sessions were shown through Facebook feeds; the evening one had 152 people watching at its peak and the morning one 132 people.
Interim Superintendent Dr. Kathy Davis opened the second session by clarifying again what happens if a student shows symptoms of the coronavirus. Parents will be called to pick up the student; no student will be removed from the building but will be isolated.
If a student shows symptoms while on the bus, the student…