2020-21 Reopening Plan (Archived)


    At North Tonawanda City Schools, our primary commitment is to the students and families we serve. Our priority must be keeping them safe. When the 2020-21 school year began, on-campus school looked much different than previous years due to COVID-19 and the health and safety measures that continue to evolve. This School Reopening Plan defines clear guidance for the reopening of our six schools and aligns with the regulations developed in collaboration with the NYS Education Department and NYS Department of Health.

    The areas outlined in this plan represent the myriad considerations that North Tonawanda has addressed to reopen schools safely and to sustain their safe operation. It is important to note that our plan retains a strong focus on academic instruction to enhance student performance and address learning loss. An emphasis on the social-emotional needs of our students is a priority, and we therefore addressed this within our plan.

    To be clear, the health and safety of our students, our staff, and their families is our top priority. We have developed a plan that intends to ensure that students and employees feel comfortable and safe returning to school campuses.


    Dear NTCSD Families,

    Thank you for your continued partnership and feedback regarding our reopening plan. We are committed to meeting your expectations of delivering a high-quality educational program that meets the diverse needs of our students in a caring, meaningful, and academically appropriate manner. However, the health, safety, and welfare remains our first priority. Our instructional models for Fall education include all of the required mandates from the NYS Department of Health and the NYS Department of Education. Additionally, we have included numerous recommendations, best practices, and other mitigation strategies in our reopening plans to best care for our students, staff, and school community to the furthest extent feasible.

    As we have shared already, the North Tonawanda City School District has decided to offer a remote learning opportunity for ALL students who are interested. We understand before making a decision of this magnitude families may want a deeper sense of what school face-to-face instructional days will look like amid the COVID-19 safety precautions in accordance with our Reopening Plan. Parents may also want greater detail on the remote learning plan so you can make a more informed decision on which model is best for your child/children and your family. Please be aware that due to the unique nature of remote learning, your child’s schedule may look different than it would if your child was enrolled in a face-to-face or hybrid option. Parents/Guardians may also select home schooling/instruction, as per the Commissioner’s regulation 100.10, that is delivered by the parent/guardian.

    Our plan and path forward are outlined in our hybrid plan. This document and other important information can be found on this webpage and will be referenced in this and future correspondence. Additionally, you can find our remote model that could go into effect for all students in the future. We have improved and addressed equity issues in this model as compared to the previous remote instruction that ended in the 2019-2020 school year.

    Please click on the following links to review the NTCSD Hybrid & Remote Learning Plans (subject to change), which provide a more comprehensive overview of the two models that were included in the Reopening Plan.

    The North Tonawanda City School District has been in close contact with Mr. Daniel StapletonNiagara County Public Health Director, and our school physician. Our district has collaborated and will fully cooperate with the medical personnel and NCDOH officials regarding COVID-19 testing and contact tracing. 

    The District cannot require a person to be tested for COVID-19. However, the flow chart linked below outlines the district protocol, as supported by the NCDOH. Information regarding testing sites is included in a link below. In addition, protocols and information regarding COVID-19 testing and contact tracing have also been published to our reopening webpage. Please click on the following link - FAQ Regarding School Reopening, from the Niagara County Department of Health. Key components included in this helpful document include:

    • What are the symptoms of coronavirus? 
    • When should a symptomatic student or staff member return to school? 
    • Who should be tested and where can they go for testing?
    • Contact Tracing

    I thank you again for working with the District as we strive to accommodate our families while providing the most comprehensive and safe learning opportunities for our Lumberjack families and our entire school community.

    Gregory J. Woytila 
    Superintendent of Schools