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Superintendent Memo (Dec. 21): Plan In Place for Potential Temporary Remote Instruction

December 21, 2021

The following message from Lansingburgh Superintendent, Dr. Abitabile, was emailed to all Lansingburgh families on Tuesday, December 21.

All school reopening news and COVID-19 updates can be found on the district’s 2021-2022 Reopening Updates page here.


Lansingburgh School Community, 

As we enter into the last couple days of school before break, I wanted to inform all of you now that I have directed our administrators to work with the staff in each building to ensure that a plan is in place should the need arise to TEMPORARILY switch to remote instruction when we return after the holiday recess. 

Between the rapid increase of positive cases due to the high transmissibility of the latest variant of COVID-19 and the strong likelihood of holiday gatherings in the next week, the District is taking steps now should our staffing levels decrease to a point that our buildings are unable to open for in-person instruction.  

Having the option of remote instruction due to staffing shortages will likely only last for a few days at most and NOT FOR ANY EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME. Remote instruction in each of our buildings will look slightly different due to the age differences of our students and you may be hearing from your children’s teachers before the break in anticipation that remote instruction needs to be utilized. Faculty and staff would still be required to report to school unless they are not well enough to do so. 

Additionally, the decision to switch to remote instruction will be determined on a building to building level and not district-wide. There is also a strong possibility that this decision will be made with minimal warning, as we typically are not aware of severe staff absences until the night before or even later. We will do our best to give as much advance notice as possible.

It cannot be overstated that it is my intention to keep our schools open and we will only switch to remote instruction as an absolute last resort due to staffing shortages.

Sincerely, 

Dr. Antonio W. Abitabile, Ed. D.