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 (5/1)
Governor Cuomo announced today that schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic year and will continue to provide remote learning for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. We will announce the final day of instruction soon, as well as our plans for graduation of the class of 2020.
A decision on elementary summer school programming will be announced by the end of May.
We are currently waiting on guidance from the State Education Department to develop a plan to reopen. Once this plan is complete, it will be submitted to the state for approval.
Schedule Update (4/16)
New Lebanon CSD will remain closed through May 15 in compliance with Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to provide remote learning and meals for students in the same manner as we have since closing on March 18, including the scheduled Spring Break.
The state will reassess whether to extend the statewide school closures past May 15 as we get closer to that date. We encourage families to continue to check their email and our website for additional information.
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 email@example.com.
The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York has confirmed a donation of frozen food products for families in need of food within the New Lebanon CSD school community whether you have students in school or not.
Available donated frozen food products may include: chicken breasts, pork loins, sliced turkey, egg beaters, and frozen fruit. Donated food can be picked up at the WBH bus circle starting at 11:15 am on Tuesday, April 7th and on Tuesday, April 21st. The food is completely free and will be handed out on a first come, first serve basis. We ask that you abide by social distancing guidelines and bring your own bag.
The Town of New Lebanon has also set up a fund for people who cannot afford groceries, and will pay for and delivery groceries for anyone in need.
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, as well as Regents exams.
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
Department of Motor Vehicles Operations
Visit the DMV website for more information regarding operations at DMV offices during the COVID-19 outbreak.