Reopening OACSD

Reopening OACSD


On July 13, Governor Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) released guidance regarding how schools within the state will reopen for the 2020-2021 school year and indicated that all schools that are able to, must work to safely welcome back as many students as possible to their physical spaces.

Per Governor Cuomo’s guidance, the Owego Apalachin Central School District (OACSD) must reopen our buildings for in-person teaching and learning if: our region (the Southern Tier Region) is in Phase IV of reopening; and our region’s daily infection rate is 5% or lower using a 14-day average. In the event that positive cases of COVID-19 spread within our community, closures may occur throughout the school year. Specifically, we must close all of our buildings and return to distance learning if our region’s daily infection is greater than 9%, using a 7-day average, anytime after August 1.

Following Governor Cuomo’s announcement, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) released a comprehensive guidance document on July 16, outlining all health and safety and educational requirements for the 2020-2021 school year. This guidance also requires us to provide in-person instruction to the greatest extent possible, and to prioritize in-person education for students who receive special education services, students who are English language learners, and are our youngest learners.
The OACSD has been working to create and finalize reopening plans for the 2020-2021 school year. Following the guidance from the New York State Education Department, New York State Department of Health, and the Governor's office, the district formed two committees: Academic Reopening and Health & Safety Reopening.
Here is the current *DRAFT* Reopening Plan as of July 28, 2020 that will be submitted to New York State.
The Google Slides presentation below is a condensed version of the *DRAFT* Reopening Plan that has been created to help families understand the general framework for reopening OA school buildings. The presentation provides families a more user friendly format and highlights certain items that families need to be aware of, to make the best decision on enrollment for the upcoming school year.

Remote Learning, Testing/Screening, and Contact Tracing Plans

If your child(ren) needs transportation to/from a location other than your home address, please notify the Transportation office ASAP at 607-687-7305. Otherwise, routes will be built based on your home address. Please remember that students must travel to and from school on the same bus, every day of the week.


District families were invited to join in any of the three (3) district reopening Q & A sessions that were offered on Monday, August 17 at 6:30pm and Tuesday, August 18 at 10:00am and 6:30pm.  The meetings were hosted by Superintendent Corey Green via ZOOM Webinar.  All three (3) sessions are available to view below or on our YouTube Channel.


We have received many questions regarding our reopening plan and necessary information that parents need in order to make their Enrollment Decision. We will continue to add to this document as more questions are asked and we are able to provide answers. Please always feel free to reach out to us by email ([email protected]) or phone (607-687-7307 ext. 7777), with any additional questions. 
Click here for Questions and Answers:

Reopening Updates

Click links to read messages from OACSD about reopening. To receive messages directly download the OA App and/or make sure email and phone number are updated in SchoolMessenger.


The Rock on Café offers students milk, fruits and vegetables, proteins and grains, and must meet strict nutrition and portion size regulations.
Key Standards Include:
• Age-appropriate calorie limits
• Large serving of vegetables and fruits (students must take at least one serving of fruit or vegetable)
• A wide variety of vegetables, including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes
• Fat-free or 1% milk 
• Whole grains 
• Visit your district website for the current Charge Meal Policy


Parents/Guardians you can apply for Free/Reduced meals directly online.

Please check out the Rock on Café website here:, click on Free & Reduced Information tab to access the application.


Download an application using the links below.

Then mail to:

Owego-Apalachin Central School District

1 Sheldon Guile Blvd.

Owego, NY 13827

ATTN: Food Service Department

Questions? Call Nancy Ruiz at 607-687-6284


Please take some time to share your thoughts and rate the thoughts shared by others. We appreciate your feedback and we will take all thoughts into consideration as we make reopening plans.
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