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Buffalo Public Schools begin full-time in-person learning in September

Mike Desmond / WBFO News
Buffalo Public School Superintendent Kriner Cash announces full-time in-person learning, beginning in September.

There was applause Wednesday evening, as Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash told the School Board meeting students will be in class full-time this fall.

City schools are coming off a full year of almost all students taking classes virtually. That doesn't include the thousands of students who gradually lost touch with the school system, perhaps because they were bored or worn down by months in front of a computer screen or perhaps they were among many who just couldn't connect on school-supplied computers.

Some students thrived with remote learning, although a lot of parents didn't.

Cash told the live board meeting at Waterfront School it will be different in September.

"Five days a week in person this fall. (applause) We know all of us have faith," Cash said.

Cash said some parents want their kids in virtual classes in September, with many saying there are medical issues.

"There are parents who have called, there are parents out there, working with their kids who do want a remote option for medical exemption purposes," he said. "In other words, my child has medical challenges and anxiety and depression and an eating disorder."

The superintendent said it will be case by case, with parents required to provide a doctor's certificate of the need for staying home for school.

Credit Buffalo Public Schools

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.
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