Message from the Superintendent:
As we look forward to bringing our students and teachers back to school after closing down in March, many of us are wondering what it will look like. It will be different to say the least, but one thing we know for sure, we are moving in the right direction. I cannot express how proud I am of the efforts of our staff, students and families during the COVID closure. We were told on March 14 that we would be closing down through spring break and you know the rest of the story. We lost months of academics, our spring sports season, end -of-the-year celebrations, prom, the senior trip and the list goes on and on. Luckily, we were able to send off our graduating class with some semblance of a graduation ceremony. It was the least we could do after all that was taken from them during the closure. As we move into the unknown, please be assured that we will do whatever we need to do to keep your children and our staff safe. The guidance from the New York State Department of Health and Department of Education has provided us with the parameters to have our students back in the building. With the use of masks, physical distancing, regimented hand washing and consistent disinfecting, our students can be back in attendance. We have the facilities to be able to physically distance our students in the classrooms and allow for needed mask breaks. Masks MUST be worn any time individuals cannot maintain the recommended six feet of physical distance and when moving to different classrooms and the cafeteria. Even though we will be back in session, there will be a different look and feel until the pandemic subsides. We also need to be ready for anything. If we learned anything in the past several months, it is to nest in the gale. We must be ready to change on the fly. Giving our teachers the necessary time to plan for that change is crucial to our success moving forward. Although temporary, Fridays will be the day to address the remote learning needs of the district. The more time we have to prepare in case of another complete shutdown, the better it will be for the staff, students and families. I know that many of the decisions made by the state and our district have caused hardships. Any time that a decision is made by the district, know that we have carefully considered how it will impact families. Many times, it is out of our control or the constraints that have been placed upon us leave us no choice. I ask for your patience as we work throughout the school year.