Oswego city schools delay in-person classes

Oswego, N.Y. — Parents and students will have to wait a little while longer to go back to how things used to be inside Oswego City Schools. 

Oswego City School officials announced on Tuesday the decision to move to a four-day per week in-person school schedule will have to be delayed due to new state guidelines. The four-day school week was expected to begin on Monday, April 19.

The district will continue with its hybrid learning model for grades 4 through 12 and students in pre-K through third grade will remain full time. The updated state guidance requires small-group learning for any CDC-identified red zone, an area with more than 100 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents over a seven-day period. Oswego County is currently a red zone area. 

Oswego Middle School has prepared for the arrival of students next week, but their efforts seem to be for nothing. Principal Mary Beth Fierro said they had to remeasure classrooms to ensure students are socially distanced, make room in extra classrooms for the students to have their lunches in, and making sure everything is sanitized and safe for the students.

“We expect to have a new drafted plan available to share with the public next week, by no later than April 23, 2021,” said Superintendent Dr. Mathis Calvin in a letter addressed to students and parents in a letter posted on the school website Tuesday afternoon. 

The district wants to inform parents and guardians that a committee of stakeholders is needed and required to provide input before a revised plan can be put in place. If any parents and/or guardians are interested to be a part of these efforts, contact the superintendent office at 315-341-2001 by Thursday, April 22.