Reopening schools will have a new resource to navigate hybrid models and distance learning when classes resume in September.

There'll be a lot of problems to solve when districts roll out the different levels of learning for students and families this fall. That includes matters related to the health of everyone involved.

The Finger Lakes Reopening Schools Safely Task Force is a panel of 40 education, health, and government leaders that will work as a central source of answers and best practices. 

"I believe many of the answers will be found here. Among us in our community, as we follow the state and federal guidelines and apply them to our community," said Monroe County Commissioner of Public Health Dr. Michael Mendoza.

"And to participate actively in helping to ensure that whatever school looks like in September, it is done in the most safe manner possible," said Rochester City School District Superintendent Dr. Lesli Myers-Small.

Common ground health brings this panel together.

It will serve 66 schools in 13 counties in the Finger Lakes and Genesee Valley region.

Districts will make their own calls on tough issues. The task force will work to ensure decisions are guided by the latest scientific data on COVID-19.