Dear Parents & Families,
Recently we’ve seen an increased number of COVID cases nationwide, including the Capital Region. It reinforces the importance of being diligent in implementing all recommended health and safety protocols and procedures in school and at home. We remain committed to continuing these efforts at Menands School. Despite our diligence and mindfulness, we know the possibility exists that circumstances beyond our control or authority could arise that result in us having to move to fully remote instruction.
To ensure we are best prepared to do so, the district will hold a “Remote Only Day” on Tuesday, Nov. 24. This will allow us to evaluate our readiness to go fully remote and proactively identify and remediate any challenges. It will also provide students, parents and families with an idea of what to be prepared for. The date was selected to align with the upcoming Thanksgiving recess.
For students who already participate remotely, their day and schedule will not change. For middle school students (grades 6-8) currently participating in person, they will follow the same schedule by logging into their Google classrooms from home. For K-5 students who typically participate in person, more detailed information will be sent by your child’s teacher by the end of the week. There are helpful resources available on our webpage related to technology and online instruction.
For in person students who take advantage of school meals, “grab and go” breakfast and lunch will be available on Tuesday between 9 a.m. and noon. If you plan to pick up “grab and go” meals that morning, please complete an order form by this Friday at 3 p.m.
We thank you in advance for your cooperation and continued partnership in this endeavor. It will help ensure that our entire school community is prepared should we need to move to remote instruction.
Let us also take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. On that note, we wish to remind you of the latest travel guidelines established by the Governor’s Office. Please be mindful that, if you are traveling over the holidays, which is discouraged, there are protocols that need to be followed prior to your child returning to school.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Dr. Long & Mrs. Cannavo