Good Evening Parent/Guardian:
This is our second communication today, and a further update on the rapidly evolving situation regarding COVID-19/Coronavirus. We continue to monitor all guidance from local, state and federal agencies. At this time, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the school district. However, out of an abundance of caution, we are joining with other area districts and closing school for students for the week of March 16-20.
Given that this is a rapidly evolving public health issue, we feel that this is the most proactive and prudent action available to us. This is designed to help limit the spread of illness and to provide time to reassess the situation next week.
As indicated in the earlier communication today, Monday will be a Superintendent’s Conference Day. Staff will report to continue to plan and develop materials that can be made accessible to students. Because there are practical limits to trying to continue the instructional program in an online format, that will not be our primary goal. Our focus will be on sharing a variety of resources for parent-guided and self-guided learning for students. Our hope would be to begin sharing these resources during the early part of next week. We would ask that you check our web page often for updates, and we will continue to use Everbridge to send out notifications.
There will be no other events in the district the week of March 16-20. As an additional note, Capital Region BOCES Special Education programs will not be operating March 16-20. We are also finalizing plans to be able to provide and deliver school lunches to students who receive free and reduced lunch, as soon as Tuesday of next week. More information in this regard will follow.
As Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated during his press conference today, school superintendents have the ability to decide to close their school districts, and the superintendents of our region have made that determination.
The New York State Education Department continues to work with the governor’s office, the New York State Department of Health and the U.S. Department of Education to provide guidance to our schools around issues such as instructional time and test scheduling.
This situation is very fluid and could change as we continue to work with our local departments of health and New York State Department of Health.
The most current and accurate information about the coronavirus can be found at www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus.
Thank you for your continued patience and partnership, and we will provide you with more information as soon as we can.
Dr. Maureen A. Long