The New Hartford Central School District is electing to begin their school year with students learning virtually for 6 weeks.

In a meeting yesterday, the district announced their plan to shift to an online learning for students, and a one-day delay of the start of the year. Students will now begin school on September 9, and attended classes virtually until October 23. The district will re-evaluate in mid-October to determine whether students can begin to return to school.

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Initially, New Hartford had planned a hybrid instructional model, with students attending schools 2 days every week, and alternating Fridays, and learning virtually on other days.

In making the announcement, Superintendent Robert Nole said the district considered many factors when making the final decision, including emerging information about the virus, changing guidance from Albany, and feedback from teachers and parents. 22% of New Hartford's had already opted for all virtual instruction, prior to the decision.

Online, reaction to the decision was mixed with some parents in favor of the decision, and many frustrated by the delayed decision and the challenges of online learning.

More information about the district's plans are available on the district's website: newhartfordschools.org