Reopening Stronger

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
Our reviews

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