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Fredonia eyes return for middle school

This photo, provided by Fredonia Central Schools, shows the return of elementary students.

At its scheduled meeting Tuesday, Superintendent Dr. Bradley Zilliox said the Fredonia Central Schools board will announce its plan for in-person learning from grades six to eight.

“We’re moving forward with it, and we’re really appreciative of everyone’s efforts,” Zilliox said.

The main hangup for those grade levels has been the class size in relation to space available, and while the district was not ready to announce it just yet, Zilliox said the plan will be ready this week.

In the meantime, other grade levels began their return to school last week, with grades three, four, and five coming in all five days, and the seniors coming in Tuesday through Friday, while staying remote on Monday. The Return to School committee Fredonia set up, made up of 30 people ranging from parents to teachers and staff worked hard to get this far, and Zilliox said the work the committee put in is responsible for the success of the first week back.

“It’s been a great week,” he said. “The kids appear to be thrilled and in general, this has been successful for us. We didn’t have anything unexpectedly come up in the moment because we did spend that extra time getting feedback, and that’s been great.”

On March 16, ninth grade will be joining grades three, four, five and 12 in returning to school, following the seniors schedule of four days a week, and grades 10 and 11 will come back on March 23, also for four days a week.

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