Letter to Families May 1, 2020

Dear Families,

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced during his May 1 press briefing that New York state public schools will remain “on pause” through the end of June to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

As part of this order, schools throughout the state will remain closed through the end of June. All school activities and athletics previously scheduled for this spring are cancelled. A decision regarding summer school will be made by the end of May.

Our teachers have been in contact with students and their families to provide instructional materials and will continue to do so throughout this extended closure in accordance with the district’s plan for continuing instruction. We will also continue to provide meals and help parents and guardians who are considered essential workers during this closure secure child care. Information about these programs and many helpful links and documents can be found on the COVID-19 Updates page of our website.

I know this news is very disappointing to a great number of people in our community. Schools are active and social places, and the best remote instruction possible cannot replace our experiences together in our classrooms. Our administrators and staff are busy planning for our eventual return to school and possible alternatives to our usual spring events and traditions. The district will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.

We appreciate families’ patience and flexibility during this time and efforts to keep all students participating in remote instruction. We know this is a challenging time for everyone. Thank you for your continued support.

Stay well.

Dr. Karen Geelan
Interim Superintendent of Schools