The Dobbs Ferry School District commits to reopening efforts that focus on providing an educational environment that is physically and emotionally safe for students and staff, that prioritizes nurturing and meaningful connections among the school community, and that creates high-quality learning opportunities for students.
COVID-19 created one of the most challenging public health crises in modern times. The District needed to pivot to remote learning in mid-March, and this was our only mode of instruction through the end of the year. With summer underway, we have turned our sights towards the fall and our reopening efforts. The Dobbs Ferry School District is fully committed to thoughtfully planning a reopening of school that adheres to our longstanding mission and vision, while maintaining the health and safety of students, staff, and the broader community.
We believe that the best education stems from the connections between students and teachers. While these relationships are most meaningful in person, we are fully committed to keeping this as a focus -- whether in school or remotely. We are committed to opening schools as soon as it is deemed safe to do so by the Governor’s office, the NY State Department of Education and the Westchester County Health Department.
We have developed an organizational structure to include voices from all of our District and community stakeholders, to ensure that our planning reflects the needs of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and families. The goal of this work is to develop plans for reopening that will foster high-quality and engaging learning opportunities for each student, regardless of the way school opens in the fall.
While we engage in this process, one thing is clear: when we return to school, the experience will not be the same as before the pandemic. None of us is likely to be completely satisfied with how schooling looks in the fall of 2020. We will all need to be willing to compromise, support one another, and model patience and compassion for our children. The Dobbs Ferry Schools family has always supported each other through challenging times. That will be more important than ever as we re-envision what our "classrooms" will look like this fall and responsibly reopen for the 2020-2021 school year.