West Seneca parents hold protest over remote learning

West Seneca

WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Parents in the West Seneca Central School District held a protest on Tuesday.

They say it’s taking too long to get their children back in the classroom. Some students will return on November 9, but older students won’t go back until next year.

Parents we spoke with say their kids are having a hard time adjusting to remote learning, and it would be easier for them to learn in person.

“Thirty days, plus all of August, plus September and October should be plenty of time to get all West Seneca students who choose hybrid back on campus by at least December first. They had plenty of time to get to work and get that done.”

Last week, superintendent Matthew Bystrak sent a letter to parents detailing the district’s hybrid model. The problem, parents say, is the timeline to bring students back.

“The majority of students wouldn’t return to school until December, and high schoolers must wait until January. This is not a perfect situation, frankly, as far as I’m concerned. I don’t think there’s any school district that has it figured out.”

At the board meeting Tuesday night, Bystrak says he’s been speaking with stakeholders including parents about bringing students back.

“We have teachers that are saying we get it, we know we need to bring our kids back in, you know it’s just a tough pill to swallow in some cases when you’re losing contact time with students potentially, which is why we’re working so diligently. I feel it’s appropriate to take a little bit more time to plan and offer something that is going to offer that daily contact.”

The superintendent wrapped up his message to parents tonight saying he plans to continue to speak with them as they work on a safe way to bring students back.

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