LACKAWANNA, New York (WIVB) – Just days after Lackawanna School District leaders learned of positive COVID-19 in middle school, parents are calling on the district to come up with a plan that keeps everyone safe.
I called my brothers here and said, ‘What is Lacawana’s plan? “They said, Reverend, we don’t have a plan.”
Supervisor Keith Lewis says he was first notified of the Covid case last Saturday, although he said that this person was at school on Tuesday, September 8 the first day of school.
“When you see all the reports from across the United States, the reports of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – New York State and the Erie County Department of Health, we expected it.”
Currently, the region is subject to a blended learning model. While Lewis says he’s not preparing to send students home for a fully virtual model yet, he’s also unsure of what needs to happen to get to this point.
“What I would like to rely on is the direction from the Erie County Department of Health along with the Governor’s direction on what percentages should be for district and statewide.”
On the other hand, city leaders say the district needs to ensure equitable education for their students.
“Inequalities and injustices that occur regularly in Lakawana, but they cannot happen at this particular time in the pandemic. They cannot happen when we are in an educational crisis, and an educational need.”
The Lakawana Public Schools Department announced this week that it will work with the YWCA to provide emergency care to children for fathers who may need it in the area.
Marley Toskis is a reporter who has been a part of the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work Here.