May 11 update from Supt. Long

Dear Parents & Families,

Earlier this month the Governor announced that New York State schools would remain closed through the end of the school year.  Though we understand the reasons behind this decision, it was not what we had hoped for.  We very much wanted to be able to come together, if even briefly, to connect with our students in a way we have not been able to since March 13.   

Along with the closure through the end of the year, comes many questions, several of which we do not yet have the answers to. We will continue to monitor information coming from the Governor’s office and the NYS Education Department, and proceed accordingly.  I can share with you the following: We will continue to provide remote learning opportunities to our students, along with breakfast and lunch, and assistance in securing childcare if needed, and in particular for essential workers.  If there are other things you or your family need do not hesitate to reach out to us via your child’s teacher, and we will work to assist you in any way we can.  

Typically, the end of the year is marked by numerous traditions and celebrations, among them are, our A-Z Countdown, Field Day, Kindergarten Moving Up and 8th Grade Graduation.  Though we know these cannot occur as they ordinarily would.  We are working hard to be certain we can celebrate these events and occasions in some way.  As more information becomes available we will share it.

As challenging as this has been, I have come to appreciate, even more, being part of the Menands School Community, and the concerted efforts of all involved, those here at school and you at home to support our students and your children.  Please do not hesitate to reach out if there is anything you need or if you have questions.

Sincerely,

Dr. Maureen A. Long
Superintendent