Principal Ashbery: High School to return to 85-minute block schedule

Principal Ashbery

Dear High School Students and Parents/Guardians:

I want to express my appreciation for your recent flexibility regarding the temporary modified schedule put in place at the high school at the beginning of the month. Our goal was to reduce the likelihood of having multiple students and staff members quarantined as our community worked through the spike in cases after the holiday break. It worked, and recent data indicates that we are on the downward trend in positive cases in our community and region. Also, there continues to be evidence that transmission in school of the COVID-19 virus is not happening.

The Orleans County Department of Health announced an update to their guidance pertaining to schools this week. The Department indicated that as long as students and staff are masked and six feet apart, there will not be an automatic quarantine of an entire classroom. The Department also moved away from the 60 minute timeframe. As a result, we are able to return to our 85 minute block schedule starting on Monday, February 1, 2021. With new classes beginning at the start of the semester on Monday, we feel this change will provide continuity of instruction for our teachers and students in a safe manner. We understand this is a change in practice and will work to support individual students as we make this adjustment. Please see below several important pieces of information regarding this change. 

  • Staff and students will need to remain masked throughout the day.
  • Multiple mask breaks will be provided during each block.
  • The cafeteria will continue to follow the guidelines that have been in place all year. Students will take their mask off while eating and remask when moving away from their desk in the cafeteria.

If you have any questions, I encourage you to contact me at the high school main office (589-2040) or at  

Principal Ashbery