(WIVB) — Parents in the Williamsville and Orchard Park school districts have won in the courtroom.
“It wasn’t easy to file a lawsuit against the district, and the state and the Department of Health and the Department of Education,” said parent Dana Hensley, who was one of the parents who took a stand against the district. “We were not treated nicely by people in our community but sometimes you have to stand up even of you’re the only ones standing.”
New York State Supreme Court Justice Emilio Colaiacovo has ordered the districts must provide in-person learning five days a week starting this coming Monday. The districts also have to provide a remote learning option if a student prefers that option.
Hensley says parents are also pushing the health department to change its quarantine guidelines for when a student, who is in classroom, gets COVID-19. Right now, if a student tests positive the entire class moves to remote instruction for 10 days. She says that disrupts learning and forces parents to seek childcare options.
The Williamsville school district says in a statement “We thank our families and students for your patience, understanding, and flexibility. Our faculty and staff have been working tirelessly since February and have been essential in ensuring our buildings are ready and prepared to welcome back our students.”
We’ve reached out to the Orchard Park school district about this ruling. We’re waiting to hear back.
Read the full court ruling below: