The Track Back

Considerations, guidelines and protocols for a safe return to school, Fall 2020

As we continue adapting in the face of a global pandemic, one thing’s certain: the Elmira Express family will emerge stronger. To keep our schools and the local community as healthy as possible, the District is planning for a safe return by following the detailed guidelines outlined by New York State.

The Elmira City School District's Track Back 2020 re-opening plan is an ever-changing and dynamic document, developed with equal voices heard. The document is a product of many conversations including the valued perspectives and insights from our parents, students, staff and health officials. The District surveyed students, faculty and staff to glean their opinions on various parts of the school's operations for the fall.

Parents! Have you registered for a Parent Academy to learn more about The Track Back Re-Opening Plan? Sign up for a Virtual/Remote Parent Academy today.

The Track Back PlanFrequently Asked Questions
(Submitted on July 31, 2020)

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Please note that due to the nature of the COVID pandemic, The Track Back re-open plan is not static. As such, please refer back to the information within this website (and PDF) frequently for the latest updates.

Update, as of August 10, 2020 – 4:15 p.m.

Dear Elmira City School District Families,

You may have read today that the Elmira City School District School Re-Opening plan was not received by the New York State Education Department or NYSDOH. The plan was successfully submitted on Friday July 31st to both NYSED and NYSDOH.

We received confirmation from New York State Education Department on Friday July 31, 2020 stating that they received the Elmira City School District’s “The Track Back” plan for re-opening schools from. The District also completed the necessary steps required by the New York State Department of Health and submitted the affirmation on July 31 and reaffirmed with NYSDOH today when we received notification that our school district’s name was on a list that required attention.

The link below will take you directly to our “The Track Back” portion of our website where you will find our Re-Opening Plan and a Frequently Asked Questions document that the District will keep updated.

To learn more about this plan and to ask questions regarding school re-opening, we encourage parents to sign up for an upcoming Parent Academy to interact directly with school administrators. The full lists of dates and times for these virtual Parent Academy informational sessions can be found here:

As we’ve done from the beginning, we will continue keeping our families informed throughout our school re-opening planning. We appreciate your ongoing support.

Thank you and be well,

Hillary Austin

Hillary Austin
Superintendent of Schools
Elmira City School District