The start of the new school year represents an opportunity for our education system to recommit to support the success of all students whether schools reopen in-person, remotely, or a blend of the two.
That’s why school district reopening plans are critical measures of how New York can “reopen stronger” after school closures in the spring. They provide a window into how districts are prioritizing equity in educating students of color, students from low-income backgrounds, English learners, and students with disabilities at all times and especially in the context of the “dual pandemics” – COVID-19 and systemic racism – facing our state and country.
The educational decisions New York State makes will result in one of two outcomes this fall: perpetuating the inequities that are entrenched in our education system, or making real progress to address them.
On this page, you will find resources for parents, community stakeholders, and advocates to transparently view school district reopening plans and read our analysis of the plans’ commitment to educational equity – including providing high-quality instruction to all students, improving remote learning, advancing anti-racist policies and practices, and keeping families engaged throughout the process.
Five questions parents can ask about their district's reopening plan
What we are looking for in school district reopening plans
Listening to Parents
New poll finds Black and Latinx families and families from low-income backgrounds disproportionately plan to rely on remote learning this fall, pointing to the importance of ensuring quality remote instruction and support.
Uncertain Times, Unanswered Questions
As students across New York prepare to return to school in the coming weeks, our analysis of 50 school district reopening plans raises major questions about district readiness to support students equitably in a remote learning environment.
Find your district’s Reopening plan
School reopening plans are important public information, and you can find a link to each school district and charter school plan submitted to the New York State Education Department here. Click on the map to search our interactive database.
District reopening plans
As school districts prepare for the fall, it is essential to prioritize educational equity alongside the paramount health and safety requirements. Our review of school district reopening plans in some of the state’s largest school districts is based on equity criteria drawn from the requirements and recommendations in state guidelines.
Albany City Schools
Brentwood Union School District
Buffalo Public Schools
East Ramapo Central School District
Newburgh Enlarged City School District
New Rochelle City School District
New York City
Department of Education
Rochester City School District
Schenectady City School District
Syracuse City School District
Utica City School District
Yonkers Public Schools