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Fredonia Return to school goes at slow pace

The OBSERVER's View

We never thought we would be saying this, but the Fredonia Central Schools are behind the times. Only last week did the district begin to announce a plan to bring the student body back to the buildings.

But even that communication was incomplete. Only grades three to five were addressed as the earlier grades have made their way back. Here’s the more distressing part, however. For those in grades six and higher, there still is no direction. The hybrid model, set for Nov. 12, is still being developed.

“I have heard from many parents, grandparents, teachers, staff and students who have expressed similar sentimets: we want our children back in school,” Interim Superintendent Dr. Colleen Taggerty said. “I can assure you that our district has been working diligently to make this happen.”

We understand districts are concerned with safety. We also understand Fredonia is dealing with a number of administrative changes. Still, the district has put a tremendous hardship on parents as plenty of questions remain regarding the return that are unresolved.

At the rate things are going, district parents — some who have taken a medical leave from their jobs to stay with their children during this uncertain time — may be lucky to have concrete answers by the Christmas break.

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