Please find below several updates and useful pieces of information while classes are cancelled. This page will be updated as new information becomes available.
Schedule Update (3/27)
Today, Governor Cuomo announced that all school districts in New York state will remain closed an additional two weeks, until at least April 15, to help protect the public against the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
We are awaiting further guidance from the Governor’s office and State Education Department regarding how this will impact school break, grading, and other regulatory requirements. As soon as we know how this announcement will impact our operations we will share another update.
In an effort to decrease contact for both our families and our staff, we will be reducing our delivery days for meals to Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Tuesday, March 24th. Despite decreasing the number of days, we will not be decreasing the number of meals. Tuesday morning, we will deliver breakfast and lunch for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Thursday morning, we will deliver breakfast and lunch for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
In addition, we will be reducing the number of bus runs, which may change your personal delivery times from last week. Please be on the lookout for us between 9:00 and 10:00am.
At this point we are only delivering to those families who have been receiving meals on a regular basis. If a family would like to be added to the list please email Josh Noble at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New York State Assessments
On March 20, the New York State Education Department announced the suspension of all 2020 elementary- and intermediate-level State assessments for the remainder of this school year. Regents exams are not affected at this time. The following NYS Assessments are suspended:
- New York State Grades 3-8 English Language Arts Test;
- New York State Grades 3-8 Mathematics Test;
- New York State Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science Test;
- New York State Grade 8 Intermediate-Level Science Test;
- New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) in Grades K-12; and
- New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) for students with severe cognitive disabilities in Grades 3-8 and high school.
Next week (March 30-April 1), we’ll be hosting a virtual spirit week! Send us your photos on Facebook or email them to Communications Specialist Jason Laz at email@example.com.
- Monday: Pajama Day
- Tuesday: Selfie with a Stuffed Animal
- Wednesday: Wacky Hair!
- Thursday: Favorite Book or Movie Character
- Friday: School Spirit!
The high school yearbook is looking for photos. We are in need of Volleyball photos and candids of students from grades 7-12. Photos of what you are doing while classes are cancelled would also be appreciated! You can email all pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org
Audible offering free audiobook streams
Audiobook service Audible (owned by Amazon) is offering free streams on a select number of children’s stories across six languages to keep kids “dreaming, learning, and just being kids,” its website said. The service will be available for as long as schools are closed.
The books are separated into six categories: “Littlest Listeners,” “Elementary,” “Tween,” “Teen,” “Literary Classics” and “Folk & Fairy Tales for All.”
And you don’t even have to be a kid to enjoy them. The books available include “Heidi,” “Jane Eyre,” “Roots” and “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”
PBS offering “home classroom” programming
WMHT is offering educational programming for children in grades K-12 in all different subjects. Visit https://www.wmht.org/homeclassroom for more information.
NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Line
If you are overwhelmed, the NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Line is staffed by specially trained volunteers who can help. Call 1-844-863-9314