LANSINGBURGH, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The Lansingburgh Central School District is modifying its reopening plan after a 20% budget cut from New York State. The district superintendent said the funding cut would mean a loss of $6.5 million from the annual operating budget.
Under the new plan, all students Grades 3-12 will have full remote learning starting on September 9. Turnpike Elementary students will still attend in-person unless they opted for full remote learning. Special Education Multiply Disabled 12:1:2 self-contained classes will operate in-person at Turnpike.
“We are probably going to look at that on a month-to-month basis, because our funding streams coming on a monthly basis,” Superintendent, Dr. Antonio Abitabile, said. “If circumstances change, I’ll be contacting some of our state and federal legislators to see if anything can be done.”
While he says they had planned on opening everyday for all students, the lack of funding pushed them over the edge not to.
“The economy does not work until schools are open, nothing happens without children going to school first. We were $1 million in before the 20% cut, over a third of that alone was for chrome books,” Superintendent, Dr. Antonio Abitabile, said. “We know there’s going to be additional transportation costs because the capacity on our bus is 50% just like everybody else, so that means more runs, more buses, more drivers… it’s just impossible.”
The district will hold another online Q&A session on Monday, August 31. Families are encouraged to submit questions by e-mail to Covidinfo@lansingburgh.org.
For parents working full time with kids learning remotely, an FAQ was completed by the United States Department of Labor, answered questions about eligibility for a federal paid leave and pandemic unemployment assistance program.
The Family First Coronavirus Response Act entitles certain employees to take up to two weeks of paid sick leave and 12 weeks of expanded family and medical leave but much of it, is based on cooperation of the employer.
If a school is beginning the school year under remote learning program and will make a decision later in the year, you are eligible to take paid leave under the FFCRA while the school remains closed. If the school reopens, availability of paid leave is up to the details of the schools reopening plan.
If the school is open, but you’re offered a choice to remote learn, you are not eligible to take paid leave under the FFCRA and the program is only eligible until December 31.