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September 17, 2021 Educational Update  

 

Good Morning WCSD Learning Community:

 

We hope that you can take a moment to review this week's Educational Update.  

Elementary Open House Events

The administrators and teachers at the elementary schools are busy planning for Open House.  While some of the events have already occurred this week, many of the schools will be hosting virtual Open House events in the upcoming weeks.  Open House is an opportunity to hear about what your child will be learning throughout the school year.  Contact your child’s school for specific information pertaining to the Open House and how you can participate.

New York State COVID Report Card

Similar to last year, the District will send home communications for positive cases of COVID in our school communities only when those positive cases have an impact on other individuals (meaning that someone has to quarantine due to an exposure in a school or at a school-related activity).  But we do often get asked about actual numbers of reported cases by school from our families.  To help provide the most accurate information, the New York State School COVID Report Card will once again be used by the State to report on COVID cases per school across the entire state.  Beginning this week, all schools will be required to submit a daily report of any known cases of COVID on each operational day of the school year.  As per the State's requirement, we began this reporting this week.  Please note that at the time of this writing, the New York State School COVID Report Card website is currently being updated; as such, survey data will not be displayed to the public until they resolve the issue with their site.  Regardless, we wanted to make sure our community had access to this link sooner rather than later.

District Transportation

Friday, September 17th is the 6th day of school for our students.  We know that the first week of school comes with some delays in transportation.  Our Transportation Department has been putting in considerable effort to tweak our routes wherever possible and, by now, most students should be familiar with their bus routes and stall numbers, which combined will help ensure our buses settle into a schedule that gets students to and from school on time.  We want to thank our drivers and our Transportation Department as a whole for their continued effort to ensure our students arrive and depart safely.  We would also like to thank our families for their continued patience as we make the necessary tweaks and adjustments.

 

Please remember that masks need to be worn on district transportation.  We do supply our drivers with a limited supply of masks to hand out. However, it would be more timely and efficient if you can ensure your child has a mask prior to boarding the bus.

 

Thank you again, as always, for all of your patience, understanding, and continued support of our students and the District.


September 10, 2021 Educational Update  

 

Good Afternoon WCSD Learning Community:

 

We hope that you can take a moment to review this week's Educational Update.  

Welcoming Back Our Students

It has been wonderful to see all of our students back in our classrooms to start the school year this week.  Their joy and excitement in attending school with their peers has been rejuvenating for our school communities, and we are all thrilled to have them back in school.  As I visited all of our 15 school buildings over the past two days, it was obvious that our students were ready to learn and were being provided with a safe environment that fosters care, concern, understanding, and a continued commitment to in-person learning!

 

Today, we welcomed back our Kindergarten students, and that may add some additional delays to the afternoon dismissal process.  We will continue to send out updates and communications via email and text messages in the afternoon to keep you informed as to the status of our dismissal process at each school, when it is relevant for us to do so.

 

Pre-Kindergarten Program Accepting Applications for the St. Peter's Site

(Please note the option for a later start time)

The Wappingers Central School District, through participation in the NYS Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program Grant, is providing a 5-hour per day Pre-K program to a select number of children who are or will be four (4) years of age on or before December 1, 2021.

The District is accepting applications as spots may become available at the St. Peter's (Holy Trinity Annex) located at 12 Father Cody Drive, Poughkeepsie, New York, 12601.  

In order to accommodate families, the St. Peter’s site is now providing two times for student drop-off and pick-up.

  • 7:45 - 12:45 (before/after program available at an additional cost to the parent); or
  • 8:50 - 1:50 (before/after program available at an additional cost to the parent)

Transportation is not available for this program.  Transportation must be provided by the child's family.

 

Breakfast and lunch service is also not available.  Meals must be provided by the child's family.

 

If you are interested in applying for your child's participation in this program at the St. Peter's location, please complete the application using the link below.  

 

UPK Application for St. Peter's Waiting List

Reminder about Free Breakfast & Lunch for All Students

This is a reminder from our August 11th Educational Update.  The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) has authorized the use of a waiver from verifying the eligibility of students to receive free breakfast or lunch on a daily basis to all states and districts who wish to apply.  As a result, we will be able to offer free breakfast and/or lunch to all students for the 2021-2022 school year.  If you do not typically qualify for free or reduced lunch services, there is nothing further you will need to do.  However, we strongly encourage all families who are new to the District to review the annual free and reduced application.

 

There are, however, certain rules and limitations on what would qualify as free under this program.  Any ala carte items (i.e.: snacks like ice cream or chips, certain beverages, other grab and go items) do not qualify, resulting in students being charged for those items.  

 

Lunch and breakfast components that do apply must be taken together (i.e.: milk, fruit, vegetable, and a grain or meat / meat alternate) in order to be considered a free meal.  Students can ask the cafeteria staff if they are unsure what will qualify, but so long as they put the featured lunch or breakfast menu item on their tray along with at least one fruit or vegetable they should qualify for the free meal.  If any of the required components are missing from the tray (regardless of the fact that the student does not want that item), the student may be charged for.

 

Thank you again, as always, for all of your patience, understanding, and support, as we continue to work together as a team to provide our students with a safe learning environment.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Dwight Bonk

Superintendent of Schools

Wappingers Central School District

 

*Please note that during this pandemic, which began impacting schools in March 2020 and the subsequent Governor’s Orders, the communications provided in the District’s Educational Updates may be subject to change, pending any future modifications made by the Governor’s office, the Department of Health, the CDC, and the New York State Education Department.  In this ever changing environment, many things are not guaranteed.


September 2, 2021 Educational Update  

 

Good Afternoon WCSD Learning Community:

 

We hope that you can take a moment to review this week's Educational Update.  

 

Preparing to Welcome Students Back to School

All of our WCSD staff members have been preparing to welcome students back to school for in-person learning beginning on Thursday, September 9, 2021.  Administrators, teachers, teaching assistants, and other instructional staff have been working in their classrooms and in their schools during the Superintendent's Conference Days: September 1, 2, and 8, 2021.  Professional learning has focused on creating student centered schools in which creating welcoming and supportive environments and providing targeted instruction and interventions for all learners has been at the forefront of the sessions.  The sessions scheduled incorporated the WCSD Board of Education Goals of  accelerating student learning while addressing academic recovery and learning gaps and placing a strong emphasis on the social and emotional  well-being of students.

Overnight Storm Impact at John Jay High School

I would  like to commend our Facilities and Operations Department under the direction of Mr. Ron Broas for their swift and immediate response to the flooding that occurred at John Jay High School, due to the heavy rain overnight. As a result of the flooding, the building was closed to staff for the day. It was truly amazing to see the amount of water that was pumped out of the building between 2:30am and 9:00am and the progress that has been made during the morning. There is still much to do, but we are confident that the building will be ready and operational for the first day of school on September 9.  I would also like to thank Central Hudson, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro and East Fishkill Supervisor Nicholas D’Alessandro for all of their assistance as well.

 

Pre-Kindergarten Program Accepting Applications for the St. Peter's Site

(Please note the option for a later start time) The Wappingers Central School District, through participation in the NYS Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program Grant, is providing a 5-hour per day Pre-K program to a select number of children who are or will be four (4) years of age on or before December 1, 2021.

The District is accepting applications as spots may become available at the St. Peter's (Holy Trinity Annex) located at 12 Father Cody Drive, Poughkeepsie, New York, 12601.  

In order to accommodate families, the St Peter’s site is now providing two times for student drop-off and pick-up.

  • 7:45 - 12:45 (before/after program available at an additional cost to the parent) or
  •  8:50 - 1:50 (before/after program available at an additional cost to the parent)

Transportation is not available for this program.  Transportation must be provided by the child's family.

 

Breakfast and lunch service is also not available.  Meals must be provided by the child's family.

 

If you are interested in applying for your child's participation in this program at the St. Peter's location, please complete the application using the link below.   You will be notified if your child is selected for the program at the St. Peter's location.

 

UPK Application for St. Peter's Waiting List

 

Social Distancing / Quarantine Protocols & Communications

We wanted to share with our community some important updates and protocols with our families ahead of the return to in-person learning on September 9th.  Our first update has to do with the use of masks in school.  

  • On Monday August 30th the District received an important update from Governor Hochul and our NYS Department of Health Commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker indicating a definitive position on the use of masks in a Pre K-12 school building.  Details of the Commissioner's Determination can be found here.  This document states that effective 8/27/2021, "universal masking of teachers, staff, students, and visitors to P-12 schools over age two and able to medically tolerate a face covering/mask and regardless of vaccination status, is required until this determination is modified or rescinded."
  • The District is obligated to comply with this amended regulation as per NYS Law.
  • With regards to social distancing, and as indicated in our Wappingers CSD School Reopening Plan we will do our best to spread staff and students out as much as possible within a classroom.  It is now recommended that schools maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms (3 feet is allowed so long as all students are wearing masks correctly).  However, in accordance with the CDC and the NYS Education Department we cannot exclude students from in-person learning to keep this minimum distance requirement.  We will work as a team to ensure we are doing our very best to minimize risks as well as disruptions in instruction.
  • Teachers and staff must continue to maintain 6 feet of social distancing whenever and wherever possible.
  • A flow chart of quarantine protocols are being finalized by the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health.  We are very fortunate to have weekly communications with their team, and we look forward to their continued support and partnership.
  • As we had done all last year, the District will notify our Community of a positive COVID case in our schools that have an impact on more than one individual as they become known to us.  More specifically, as we had done all last year, we will only send a notification home when the District conducts contact tracing as it relates to a positive case.  If a positive case is isolated to just the index positive case we will not send a notification home.

 

As public health factors within our community change ,we expect to update these protocols, and as we do we will continue to notify our Community with the relevant changes.

 

Thank you again, as always, for all of your patience, understanding, and continued support of our students and the District. We look forward to the return of our students  to our classrooms, 5 days per week, on a regular schedule!

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Dwight Bonk

Superintendent of Schools

Wappingers Central School District

 


 


 

August 26, 2021 Educational Update  

 

Good Afternoon WCSD Learning Community:

 

We hope that you can take a moment to review this week's Educational Update.  

 

Staff Returns for Superintendent’s Conference Days on September 1, 2, & 8, 2021

Instructional staff return to the school buildings to participate in professional learning on September 1, 2, and 8th.  During this time, staff will work collaboratively to ensure all learning spaces are prepared for the safe return of students to in-person learning.  Professional learning will include sessions on creating welcoming learning environments and strong classroom communities.  Ensuring that all students feel safe and welcomed when they return to school on September 9 is of the utmost importance.  

 

Transportation Schedules

Our transportation schedules for our large buses will be released on Friday, August 27th after 5pm Please click here to access our transportation website.  Once the routes are available, you will be able to click on each school to review pickup and drop off information.  Please remember, we will be operating on a normal school day schedule, so pickup and drop off times (especially afternoon drop off times) will look a lot different than they did last year.  For our van riders, personnel from our Transportation Department will reach out to those families directly with scheduling information.

 

Remote Instruction Option for Students with Medical Documentation

As indicated in the WCSD Reopening Plan 2021-22considerations for remote learning will be made for those students who have a documented medical condition prohibiting their return to in-person instruction.  For those students who meet this criteria, parents should submit a letter from the physician indicating the pre-existing condition and the need for remote learning to the building principal as soon as possible, to allow ample time for the review process to be completed.

 

Thank you again, as always, for all of your patience, understanding, and continued support of our students and the District!

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Dwight Bonk

Superintendent of Schools

Wappingers Central School District


August 6, 2021 Educational Update

Good morning Wappingers CSD Community,
 
The Wappingers Central School District will welcome our students back on Thursday September 9th, which is the first day of school for the 2021-22 school year.  I am pleased to confirm with you that we will be moving forward with a regular 5 day per week in-person schedule for all of our students (K-12).  We believe that this is vital and necessary to the academic, social, and emotional well being of our students.
 
As noted in the local media, the New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker stated yesterday "With the end of the state disaster emergency on June 25, 2021, school districts are re-established as the controlling entity for schools. Schools and school districts should develop plans to open in-person in the fall as safely as possible, and I recommend following guidance from the CDC and local health departments."  Prior to this notification, we were anticipating school reopening guidance from the New York State Department of Health.
 
The WCSD has and will continue to work in collaboration with the medical professionals at the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health regarding the impact of COVID within the WCSD Community.  
 
We will strive to provide a safe and healthy school environment for all of our students and staff. Our weekly educational updates will resume beginning next week. It is our objective to provide updates and information as it becomes available regarding any safety related protocols in these weekly updates. Please be advised that these updates are designed  to provide information that is necessary in response to the current rise in COVID positivity rates within the WCSD Community.
 
I hope that you enjoy the rest of your summer, and we look forward to seeing our students, in-person, on September 9th. 
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Dwight Bonk
Superintendent of Schools

 

 

 

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June 24, 2021 Educational Update  

 

Good Morning WCSD Learning Community:

 

We hope that you can take a moment to review our final Educational Update for the 2020-2021 school year.  

 

The June 24th Weekly Rewind is available for you to enjoy.  Rewind showcases many of the positive things which happened in our schools this past week.

 

Here are this week's topics (these are clickable links within this document):

Update for the NYS Governor’s Office

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Wednesday, June 23rd that New York will end the state disaster emergency declared on March 7, 2020 to fight COVID-19. Given New York's dramatic progress against COVID-19, with the success in the administration of vaccinations and declining hospitalization and positivity rates statewide, the state of emergency will expire after Thursday, June 24.  For us that means that after today all Executive Orders, state-issued guidelines, and state-issued mandated guidelines will also expire.  With these constraints no longer in place, the District can now focus on the return to “normal”.

Universal Pre-K Update

The WCSD has received funding from New York State to collaborate with eligible agencies to provide 4-year olds the opportunity to participate in a Pre-K program.  The WCSD is anticipating providing a ten-month program, held 5 days per week, 5 hours per day, for 4-year olds in September 2021. The District is working collaboratively with the New York State Education Department's Office of Early Learning to provide this opportunity to the Wappingers community.  We are excited to inform the community that at the June 21, 2021 Board Meeting, the Board of Education approved the agencies that the District will partner with to provide the UPK services.  The Pre-K application will be electronic and will be available the week of June 28, 2021.   The application will be available on the District website. The New York State Education Department has determined that the District must use a lottery selection when there are more eligible children than can be served in a given school year. A waiting list will be developed for all students not placed.  Transportation will not be provided for this program.  Additional information will be provided to the community as it becomes available.  Please refer to the UPK Website for updates.

Elementary Summer Skill Builder Program - Registration Open Until 6/27/21

The Wappingers CSD is pleased to offer students in grades K-6 an opportunity to attend a two-week summer program focused on building skills in English Language Arts and Mathematics.  Students will have the option of attending one two-week session, each of which will be offered Monday through Thursday between the hours of 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM.  The dates and locations of each session for the Summer Skills Builder Program are as follows:

  • Session 1: July 12 - 22 (Monday-Thursday)
    Locations: Sheafe Road and Myers Corners (students will be assigned to a specific location)
  • Session 2: July 26 - August 5 (Monday-Thursday)
    Locations: Sheafe Road and Myers Corners (students will be assigned to a specific location)
  • Session 3: August 9 - 19 (Monday-Thursday)
    Location: Gayhead Elementary School

Space is limited; if more students apply than can be accommodated, priority will be given to students who need additional academic support to meet grade level standards.  Students who have been selected to attend will be notified via the contact information provided in the registration form.  Please complete one application for each child for whom you would like to be considered to participate in the Summer Skill Builder Program.  The online application for the Elementary Summer Skill Builder Program can be accessed on the District website and here.   Transportation will be provided, if needed.

A Note of Thanks

It goes without saying that the COVID pandemic brought about many challenges and obstacles for all of us. Despite the obstacles we collectively faced as a community and as a society, we moved forward and had many accomplishments during this truly difficult time. This was due to the overwhelming support that our families, faculty, staff, and administrators provided for our students. The accomplishments of our students were truly remarkable during the COVID pandemic and they are to be commended for their perseverance, dedication, and resolve. I continue to be honored and proud to serve as Superintendent of Schools and be part of the Wappingers Central School District learning community. I would like to wish all of you a safe summer and affirm that we are looking very forward to the return of a full regular 5 day in-person instructional model for all of our students, on September 9!

 

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Dwight Bonk

Superintendent of Schools

Wappingers Central School District

 

*Please note that during this pandemic, which began impacting schools in March 2020 and the subsequent Governor’s Orders, the communications provided in the District’s Educational Updates may be subject to change, pending any future modifications made by the Governor’s office, the Department of Health, the CDC, and the New York State Education Department.  In this ever changing environment, many things are not guaranteed.

 

 

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June 17, 2021 Educational Update  

 

Good Morning WCSD Learning Community:

 

We hope that you can take a moment to review this week's Educational Update.  

 

The June 17th Weekly Rewind is available for you to enjoy.  Rewind showcases many of the positive things which happened in our schools this past week.

 

Here are this week's topics (these are clickable links within this document):

Elementary Summer Skill Builder Program - Registration Now Open

The Wappingers CSD is pleased to offer students in grades K-6 an opportunity to attend a two-week summer program focused on building skills in English Language Arts and Mathematics.  Students will have the option of attending one 2-week session, each of which will be offered Monday through Thursday between the hours of 9:00 AM -11:30 AM.  The dates and locations of each session for the Summer Skills Builder Program are as follows:

Session 1: July 12 - 22 (Monday-Thursday) Locations: Sheafe Road and Myers Corners (students will be assigned to a specific location)

Session 2: July 26 - August 5 (Monday-Thursday) Locations: Sheafe Road and Myers Corners (students will be assigned to a specific location)

Session 3: August 9 - 19 (Monday-Thursday) Location: Gayhead Elementary School

Space is limited; if more students apply than can be accommodated, priority will be given to students who need additional academic support to meet grade level standards.  Students who have been selected to attend will be notified via the contact information provided in the registration form.  Please complete one application for each child for whom you would like to be considered to participate in the Summer Skill Builder Program.  The online application for the Elementary Summer Skill Builder Program can be accessed on the District Website and here.   Registration will close on Sunday, June 27, 2021. Transportation will be provided if needed.

Junior High School Summer Learning Opportunities

Wappingers Junior High School and Van Wyck Junior High School are planning summer learning opportunities that will take place at each school respectively.  The principals will be sending out information to the students and their families regarding the summer offerings and the registration process.

High School Credit Recovery Summer Program (Summer School)

The Wappingers Central School District High School Credit Recovery Summer Program (Summer School) will be in-person this year. Summer School is scheduled from July 6, 2021 – August 12, 2021. Classes will be held Monday – Thursday between the hours of 8:00AM - 12:00 PM. The WCSD Summer School registration process will utilize FamilyID to eliminate the need for paper registration. Your high school student should attend Summer School if your child receives a failing grade in one or more classes. If your child plans to attend the WCSD High School Summer School, please follow the procedure set forth below to indicate your child’s commitment to the program no later than June 25th:  

1. Login to Family ID or create an account: https://www.familyid.com/programs/high-school-summer-school-2021-in-person-only

2. Choose Summer School @ WCSD

3. Fill out all demographic information on Family ID

4. Agree to attendance and behavioral expectations

5. Press submit

Once your child is registered, the School Counselor will place your child in the necessary course(s) through SchoolTool. Your child’s schedule will be available via Parent Portal after 1:00PM on July 2, 2021.

If you have any questions about the registration process and/or the courses your child will be placed in, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s School Counselor.  

Free Breakfast & Lunch for All Students Beginning in September

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) has authorized the use of a waiver from verifying the eligibility of students to receive free breakfast or lunch on a daily basis to all states and districts who wish to apply.  This waiver is effective for the 2021-2022 school year.  The Wappingers CSD has elected to participate in this waiver process and, as a result, we will be able to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students for the 2021-2022 school year, beginning this September.  Additional information regarding what constitutes an eligible free breakfast or lunch will be shared prior to the start of school in the fall.

 

Thank you again, as always, for all of your patience and continued support this year and I would like to wish all of our fathers a well-deserved Happy Father’s Day!

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Dwight Bonk

Superintendent of Schools

Wappingers Central School District

 

*Please note that during this pandemic, which began impacting schools in March 2020 and the subsequent Governor’s Orders, the communications provided in the District’s Educational Updates may be subject to change, pending any future modifications made by the Governor’s office, the Department of Health, the CDC, and the New York State Education Department.  In this ever changing environment, many things are not guaranteed.

 


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June 10, 2021 Educational Update  

 

Good Afternoon WCSD Learning Community:.

 

We hope that you can take a moment to review this week's Educational Update.

 

The June 10th Weekly Rewind is available for you to enjoy.  Rewind showcases many of the positive things which happened in our schools this past week.

 

Here are this week's topics (these are clickable links within this document):

Summer Learning Opportunities

 

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June 2, 2021 Educational Update  

 

Good Afternoon WCSD Learning Community:.

 

We hope that you can take a moment to review this week's Educational Update.  

 

Here are this week's topics (these are clickable links within this document):

Removal of Dividers from Students’ Desks

The District has been closely monitoring the ongoing changes in guidance from the State, the Department of Health, as well as within our neighboring Districts.  We are aware that the CDC, as noted in the April 9th, 2021 NYS Guidance for Schools (pg 8) notes that desk dividers are no longer viewed as viable mitigation devices.  We, along with other Districts chose to continue to maintain these dividers as an interim step to help alleviate concerns of spread in our school.  Now that the weather has warmed up, our conversations have turned to improving the flow of fresh air in our schools.  We are aware that some of our neighboring Districts have removed their desktop barriers, and I have been monitoring the feedback from their experience.  

At this point in time I believe it makes sense to begin the process of removing these dividers in our schools.  It will take a bit of time, but our Facilities and Operations staff began removing dividers from student desks as of this morning.  We believe the benefits of increased airflow outweighs the perceived benefits of keeping these devices in place any longer.  While there are still some locations where it may make sense for dividers to remain, we are hoping to have most of them removed by the end of this week.  

Building End of Year Activities

Our Building Administrators are continuing their efforts to finalize plans for their end of year activities.  Please know that details regarding end of year activities will be shared by the schools, and that we look forward to seeing our students and families celebrate their special milestone moments.

Reminder: ARP ESSER School ReOpening Plan

The Wappingers Central School District, like all school districts in New York State, is receiving emergency relief aid from the Federal Government.  These one time funding opportunities are part of the Federal American Rescue Plan Act: Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ARP ESSER) and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA).

 

The District will be creating an ARP ESSER School ReOpening Plan, which will detail how the District intends to utilize this funding.  Our timeline for creating this plan is very short, so our work must begin right away.  

 

We are seeking input from all of our Stakeholders and Community Members through the use of this survey as we work to develop this plan.  Your input will ensure the needs of our students are met with the help of this funding.  This funding will provide schools with additional resources to address items such as student learning loss, social and emotional needs, as well as any disproportionate impact COVID-19 had on underrepresented student subgroups.

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to complete this survey.  We look forward to implementing new and exciting opportunities for all of our students in the 2021-2022 school year as we return to a regular in-person instructional schedule throughout the District (K-12).

 

Thank you again for your continued support of our students and District!

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Dwight Bonk

Superintendent of Schools

Wappingers Central School District

 

*Please note that during this pandemic, which began impacting schools in March 2020 and the subsequent Governor’s Orders, the communications provided in the District’s Educational Updates may be subject to change, pending any future modifications made by the Governor’s office, the Department of Health, the CDC, and the New York State Education Department.  In this ever changing environment, many things are not guaranteed.

 

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May 27, 2021 Educational Update  

 

Good Afternoon WCSD Learning Community:.

 

We hope that you can take a moment to review this week's Educational Update.  

 

The May 27th Weekly Rewind is available for you to enjoy.  Rewind showcases many of the positive things which happened in our schools this past week.

 

Here are this week's topics (these are clickable links within this document):

ARP ESSER School ReOpening Plan

The Wappingers Central School District, like all school districts in New York State, is receiving emergency relief aid from the Federal Government.  These one time funding opportunities are part of the Federal American Rescue Plan Act: Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ARP ESSER) and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA).

 

The District will be creating an ARP ESSER School ReOpening Plan, which will detail how the District intends to utilize this funding.  Our timeline for creating this plan is very short, so our work must begin right away.  

 

We are seeking input from all of our Stakeholders and Community Members through the use of this survey as we work to develop this plan.  Your input will ensure the needs of our students are met with the help of this funding.  This funding will provide schools with additional resources to address items such as student learning loss, social and emotional needs, as well as any disproportionate impact COVID-19 had on underrepresented student subgroups.

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to complete this survey.  We look forward to implementing new and exciting opportunities for all of our students in the 2021-2022 school year.

 

Use of Masks During Recess

New York State still requires the use of masks on school grounds despite an individual's vaccination status.  While the District is required to comply with this mandate, it does not mean that we should not use common sense in particular situations.  One of those situations is the use of masks during outdoor recess on really hot days.  We have advised our Building Principals that students should be taking frequent mask breaks while outdoors, and if they are able to maintain a safe social distance from other individuals they will be allowed to remove their masks while outdoors.  Since the duration of outdoor recess is relatively short, we believe this would qualify as a reasonable timeframe for a mask break.  If you do not wish to have your child take a mask break during outdoor recess, please notify your Building Principal so that they are aware of your preference in this matter.

 

Thank you again for your continued support of our students and District!

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Dwight Bonk

Superintendent of Schools

Wappingers Central School District

 

*Please note that during this pandemic, which began impacting schools in March 2020 and the subsequent Governor’s Orders, the communications provided in the District’s Educational Updates may be subject to change, pending any future modifications made by the Governor’s office, the Department of Health, the CDC, and the New York State Education Department.  In this ever changing environment, many things are not guaranteed.

 


 

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May 19, 2021 Educational Update  

 

Good Afternoon WCSD Learning Community:.

 

We hope that you can take a moment to review this week's Educational Update.  

 

The May 19th Weekly Rewind is available for you to enjoy.  Rewind showcases many of the positive things which happened in our schools this past week.

 

Here are this week's topics (these are clickable links within this document):

2021-2022 Election Results

I would like to offer my sincerest gratitude to the Wappingers CSD community for your support of the 2021-2022 Budget and Bus Propositions! This has certainly been a most challenging year for K-12 Education. The District is and will continue to work diligently to ensure that our students have the opportunity to return to a regular schedule in September. This budget includes a one time use of federal funding that will help us create academic support programs which will focus on enhanced instructional opportunities.  We will be providing more specific information about these opportunities in the coming weeks.  

 

In addition to approving our school budget, our community has also elected 4 members to fill vacancies on our Board of Education.  I would like to offer our congratulations to John S. Morgan, James Spencer, Michael McFarland, and Keri Cahill on their successful campaign in securing a seat on our Board.  We are looking forward to working together on behalf of our students and our community.

Class of 2021 High School Graduation Ceremonies

Last week our high school principals sent notice home to our seniors regarding Graduation Ceremonies at their school. Based on a recent change in guidance from the Department of Health, we are excited to announce that we are now planning to have our John Jay and Roy C. Ketcham High School Graduation Ceremonies on their respective turf feature fields. Our high school principals will be sending additional information to our Senior families directly within the next week or two regarding event details.  Due to space limitations and parking, we anticipate having at least 2 ceremonies for both John Jay and Roy C. Ketcham HS. We continue to work on the logistics regarding this effort but can confirm with you the following at this time:

 

  • John Jay HS Graduation- JJ Turf Field on Friday, June 25, Time TBA
  • Orchard View Alternative HS Graduation- Wappingers Junior High School (outdoors) on Friday, June 25, Time TBA
  • Roy C. Ketcham HS Graduation- RCK Turf Field on Saturday, June 26, Time TBA

Changes to Guidelines for Spectators at Athletic Events

NYSPHSAA and Section I, in a memo dated May 12, 2021, indicated that school districts have the option to increase the number of spectators at outside sporting events to 500 spectators.  All spectators must still wear masks and must continue to practice social distancing.  

Theatre Productions: Masque & Mime and Proscenium

Both John Jay Senior and Roy C. Ketcham High Schools will be performing Broadway Musical Reviews this spring.  Students have been rehearsing in-person and are excited to put on live performances.  Each show will contain a variety of musical numbers and scenes from different Boardway shows.  The performance for Masque and Mime is scheduled for May 21-22, 2021.    A limited  in-person audience will be permitted in the auditorium to view the show. The productions will also be live-streamed.   Proscenium has scheduled their performance for June 14-15, 2021.  Additional information will be shared as we get closer to the performance date.

 

Thank you again for your continued support of our students and District!

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Dwight Bonk

Superintendent of Schools

Wappingers Central School District

 

*Please note that during this pandemic, which began impacting schools in March 2020 and the subsequent Governor’s Orders, the communications provided in the District’s Educational Updates may be subject to change, pending any future modifications made by the Governor’s office, the Department of Health, the CDC, and the New York State Education Department.  In this ever changing environment, many things are not guaranteed.


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May 13, 2021 Educational Update  

 

Good Afternoon WCSD Learning Community:.

 

We hope that you can take a moment to review this week's Educational Update.  

 

The May 13th Weekly Rewind is available for you to enjoy.  Rewind showcases many of the positive things which happened in our schools this past week.

 

Here are this week's topics (these are clickable links within this document):

School Budget Vote and Board Member Election

Our School Budget Vote is scheduled for Tuesday May 18th, 2021.  Polls are open from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  For information on the 2021-2022 School Budget and Bus Propositions as well as our Board of Education Members Elections, please visit our Budget Vote & Board of Education Election website.  

If you are unsure of your voting location you may enter your information in this voter location lookup tooor you may call our District Office at 845-298-5000.   

Please know that the following protocols will be implemented to ensure that we have a safe and healthy voting environment for our Community:

  • Voters are required to wear a mask at the polls
  • A greeter will ensure access to the poll site is aligned to social distancing guidelines
  • Custodial staff will be wiping down the pens and privacy booths between each voter
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at each polling location

It is suggested that voters consider avoiding student arrival and dismissal times at our voting locations as these will be the busiest times for vehicle traffic in and out of the poll site (Elementary arrivals begin around 8:00 a.m. and end at 8:30 a.m.  For our secondary schools, arrivals begin around 7:10 a.m. and end by 7:30 a.m..  Elementary dismissals begin around 1:45 p.m. and end by 2:25 p.m.  For our secondary schools, dismissals begin around 12:50 p.m. and end by 1:25 p.m.)

 

Revised 2020-2021 School Calendar

On the evening of May 10, 2021, the Board of Education approved a revision to the current 2020-2021 School Calendar which affects high school student attendance for Monday, June 21st.  The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has removed Monday, June 21st as a mandatory testing day.  As such, Monday, June 21st has become a required day of student attendance.  Please know that Monday, June 21st will be a normal day of attendance for our high school students.

 

Theatre Productions: Masque & Mime and Proscenium

Both John Jay Senior and Roy C. Ketcham High Schools will be performing Broadway Musical Reviews this spring.  Students have been rehearsing in-person and are excited to put on live performances.  Each show will contain a variety of musical numbers and scenes from different Boardway shows.  The performance for Masque and Mime is scheduled for May 21-22, 2021.  Proscenium has scheduled their performance for June 9-10, 2021. The District is intending to have the events live streamed.   We are also communicating with the Department of Health (DOH) to determine if the high schools are able to have an in-person audience at the shows.  We are hoping to have a response from the DOH on this matter within the next few days.   Information on the live streaming and the specifics regarding the in-person audience will be shared with the cast and crew of both theatre productions as this information is made available.

Curriculum Showcase: May 11th - May 14th

The District Curriculum Showcase, which began on Tuesday, May 11, will continue through Friday, May 14.  Please join us in this celebration of teaching and learning.  It is with enormous pride that we are able to share with you some of the phenomenal learning experiences that our students have participated in throughout the 2020-2021 school year.   Both live and pre-recorded sessions will be available.  Check out the Curriculum Showcase Lobby and the program of the virtual Curriculum Showcase.

Festival of the Arts: Saturday May 15, 2021

Please join the Fine and Performing Arts Department in a celebration of our students as we host the 71st Annual Festival of the Arts & Class of 2021 Art & Music Senior Showcases.  Since we are not able to gather together, a website filled with our students' work has been created. The artwork of thousands of Wappingers Central School District students is exhibited, as well as the music of the elementary and secondary choral, instrumental, and general music ensembles.  The virtual Festival of the Arts will become active on Saturday, May 15, 2021.  

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and every year the goal is to raise awareness about the importance of mental health, promote wellness, fight the stigma associated with mental illness, provide support, educate the public, and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.  To learn more we invite you to visit our Mental Health Awareness website.

 

Thank you again, as always, for all of your patience and continued support throughout the year!

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Dwight Bonk

Superintendent of Schools

Wappingers Central School District

 

 

 


 

 

May 6, 2021 Educational Update  

 

Good Afternoon WCSD Learning Community:.

 

We hope that you can take a moment to review this week's Educational Update.  

 

The May 6th Weekly Rewind is available for you to enjoy.  Rewind showcases many of the positive things which happened in our schools this past week.

 

Here are this week's topics (these are clickable links within this document):

End of Year Events

We are about seven weeks away from celebrating our graduating Class of 2021.  In addition to this year's 2021 Commencement Addresses, we are looking forward to all of our Moving Up Ceremonies, Senior Prom, Student Drama Club Productions, end-of-year sporting events, and a plethora of other celebrations.  Our Building Administrators are working very diligently to create and provide memorable experiences for students and families as a capstone to end what has certainly been a most difficult year.  They will be sending home notices and announcements in the coming days and weeks detailing these events.  

Looking Ahead: 2021-2022 School Year

Planning for the next school year typically begins in mid to late winter of any given year.  This year is no different, except that we are still waiting for final confirmation from New York State regarding their expectations for learning modalities in the fall.  We are encouraged by the fact that the State has told us we can hold an in-person summer school this year.  In addition, we expect and are planning to offer a regular full 5 day per week in-person instructional school schedule for all of our students K-12 starting in September.  

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and every year the goal is to raise awareness about the importance of mental health, promote wellness, fight the stigma associated with mental illness, provide support, educate the public, and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.  To learn more we invite you to visit our Mental Health Awareness website.

 

Thank you again, as always, for all of your patience and continued support this year and I would like to wish all of our mothers a well deserved Happy Mothers Day!

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Dwight Bonk

Superintendent of Schools

Wappingers Central School District



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April 15, 2021 Educational Update  

 

Good Afternoon WCSD Learning Community:

 

As we enter the fourth marking period next week, there is a great deal of information to share with you and we hope that you can take a moment to review this week's Educational Update.  

 

Our April 15th Weekly Rewind is available for you to enjoy.  Our Rewind showcases many of the positive things which happened in our schools this past week.

 

Here are this week's topics (these are clickable links within this document):

End of Year Events & Ceremonies

The District has received Guidance from NYS regarding end of year ceremonies and celebrations.  As we close out this school year, we were hopeful that we would be able to provide events that mirrored something closer to traditional celebrations.  Unfortunately, to our disappointment, the guidance that was released provides us with similar constraints as we had at the end of last school year.  Details of this guidance can be found in the link above.  For our Seniors who are looking forward to graduation, please know that we are going to provide a graduation experience that is similar to last year's event.  For all of our other events, our Building Administrators will be creating opportunities that provide the best experiences we can offer that are aligned with this guidance.  Whenever possible, it is our priority to provide an in-person event that will allow for parent attendance.

Parent Resources Released for Science and Physical Education

The New York State Department of Education (NYSED) is asking all school districts in the state to share with families a Parent's Guide to the New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards and a Parent’s Guide to the Physical Education Standards, which addresses questions about the new learning standards and connects parents with additional Science and Physical Education resources to support learning at home. 

 

Daily Health Screener

We are, once again, asking that everyone please complete the ezSCRN daily health screener prior to their arrival at school.  In addition, if your child were to show any signs or symptoms of COVID while at school, they will need to be seen by a health care provider and provided with an alternative diagnosis indicating that the symptoms are NOT related to COVID before they can return to school.  It is imperative that we stay the course and remain vigilant, even as we look forward to the warmer days ahead.

 

Thank you, again, for your patience and support as we continue to navigate through a challenging year for all!

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Dwight Bonk

Superintendent of Schools

Wappingers Central School District

 

*Please note that during this pandemic, which began impacting schools in March 2020 and the subsequent Governor’s Orders, the communications provided in the District’s Updates may be subject to change, pending any future modifications made by the Governor’s office, the Department of Health, the CDC, and the New York State Education Department.  In this ever changing environment, many things are not guaranteed.

 


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April 8, 2021 Educational Update  

 

Good Afternoon WCSD Learning Community:

 

I hope that you and your families had a safe and productive Spring Break. As we enter the fourth marking period next week, there is a great deal of information to share with you and  we hope that you can take a moment to review this week's Educational Update.  

 

Our April 8th Weekly Rewind is available for you to enjoy.  Our Rewind showcases many of the positive things which happened in our schools this past week.

 

Here are this week's topics (these are clickable links within this document):

Condemning Acts of Violence

On April 1, 2021, Chancellor Young and Commissioner Rosa from the New York State Education Department released a statement condemning the acts of bigotry, xenophobia, and racism that is increasing in New York and across the United States.   As Superintendent of Schools of the Wappingers Central School District, I also strongly condemn the recent acts of violence towards Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander communities.  Xenophobia, prejudice, racism, and violence of any kind against any person or group of people have no place in our society, nor are they acceptable in our school community.  The WCSD remains committed to providing safe, supportive, and inclusive learning environments for all of our students.  

New Secondary Schedule Reminder

This is a reminder that beginning on Monday, April 12th (the first day of Marking Period 4) we will be extending the learning schedule for our Junior and Senior High Schools.  Instead of buses departing at 12:45 pm as they are now, buses will be departing at 1:25 pm.   Here is what the period schedule will look like starting on Monday, April 12th.  The remote Wednesday schedule will mirror the new period schedule beginning on Monday, April 12th.

Athletics Update

With the secondary schools dismissing students at 1:25 pm we understand the impact this may have on students who are participating in Modified, JV, or Varsity sports after school.  In some instances, sporting events, games, and practices are scheduled to begin between 2:30 and 2:45 pm.  In these instances where there is limited time between dismissal and the time our student athletes are expected to be present at school, the student athletes will be able to remain on campus in a supervised designated location until their event begins.  Coaches for each of the teams who are impacted by this schedule change will provide the athletes with additional information for where they can report (if they choose to stay on campus) after dismissal.

End of Year Events

We have heard earlier this week from the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health that New York State will be releasing, in the coming days, guidance for schools regarding end-of-year activities.  This guidance will help us finalize plans for events such as proms, graduation ceremonies, and other moving up ceremonies.  Once we have this new information from NYS, we will provide an update to all of these important celebrations.

NYS Grades 3-8 Testing

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) Grades 3–8 ELA and Mathematics Assessments and the Grades 4 and 8 Science Assessments will be administered this spring.  This year’s assessments will be administered to students “in-person” in school.  Parents/guardians should have received an information letter regarding G3-8 testing from their Building Principal.

The NYS ELA test for students in Grades 3-8 will be administered on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, with make-up exams scheduled until April 29, 2021.

The NYS Math Test for students in Grades 3-8 will be administered on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, with make-up exams being scheduled until May 14, 2021.

The NYS Science test for students in Grades 4 & 8 will be administered on Monday, June 7, 2021, with make-up exams being scheduled on June 8.

In the event that you have any questions regarding the testing protocols at your specific school, please contact your Building Principal.

Thank you again for your support of our students and school community! 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Dwight Bonk


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March 25, 2021 Educational Update  

 

Good Afternoon WCSD Learning Community:

 

We have a great deal of information to share with you this week and we hope you can take a moment to review this week's Educational Update.  

 

Our March 25th Weekly Rewind is available for you to enjoy.  Our Rewind showcases many of the positive things which happened in our schools this past week.

 

Here are this week's topics (these are clickable links within this document):

Continuing to Increase In-Person Instructional Opportunities for Students K-12

The District has stated consistently since November (refer to the November 16th Educational Update) that the priority of the District is to increase in-person instruction for students in a safe and healthy manner.  On March 8, 2021, the District increased in-person instructional opportunities for students in grades K-12 by increasing the number of in-person days from 2-days per week to 4-days per week.   In addition, the District was able to accommodate 90% of the students requesting 4-days per week of in-person instruction adhering to the 6 by 3 foot guidance, using a barrier as a mitigation device. It has been gratifying to see many of our students back in school and we would like to thank our families and our staff for all of their efforts in making this transition successful.

 

Beginning on Monday, April 12th (the first day of Marking Period 4), we will be extending the learning schedule for our Junior and Senior High Schools.  Instead of buses departing at 12:45pm as they are now, buses will be departing at 1:25pm.   Here is what the period schedule will look like starting on Monday, April 12th.  The remote Wednesday schedule will mirror the new period schedule beginning on Monday, April 12th.   Wednesdays will continue to be remote learning days, as it is necessary to provide the nearly 24% of our student body who remain as remote learners with the necessary services and support in an equitable manner.  By increasing the instructional day at the secondary level, we will now have the secondary school schedule commensurate with the elementary schools.  

 

The District is currently collaborating with the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health (DCDBCH) to determine ways to support increased instruction utilizing 3 by 3 foot social distancing perimeter using barriers as an additional mitigation device, in order to allow for 100% of  all students who wish to return K-12 to do so.   Moving to a 3 by 3 foot perimeter would be in limited circumstances and subject to DCDBCH approval.  Using a 3 by 3 foot perimeter would only be needed in circumstances in which using a 6 by 3 foot perimeter would not fully support all students who wish to return to in-person instruction.  We are hopeful that the submitted plan will be approved, and if so, the District will reach out to those families who will be able to return to in-person instruction with further details.

Spring Sports Registration and Spectator Policy 

Section 1 Executive Board has approved Spring High School Sports to start on April 19th, 2021.  Family ID for registration for High School Spring Sports is open until April 13, 2021.  

High School 2021 Spring Sports FamilyID Letter 

 

The Modified Spring Sports Season will begin on April 26, 2021.  Family ID registration for Modified Spring Sports will open on March 30, 2021 to April 18, 2021.

Junior High School 2021 Spring Sports FamilyID Letter 

 

The Executive Committee from Section One Athletics approved the following guidance regarding spectators for Spring Sports:

  • Two spectators per player from both the home and away team for outdoor sports will be permitted.
  • Two spectators per senior athlete from the visiting team for all postseason culminating events.  

Coaches will collect the names of the spectators that will be attending each event and provide them with the required COVID-19 screening information.  Please contact the Coach or the Athletic Department for more information regarding attending events.

 

Families can also view the games via livestream on the YouTube channels (links are on the Athletic Website).

 

Information on Unified Sports will be shared as it becomes available.

 

 

 

WCSD Tutoring Program

Wappingers Central School District is excited to offer FREE tutoring from Wappingers CSD students to Wappingers CSD students! We know that you (your child) may benefit from the additional support of a student tutor to review key concepts. Our tutors have volunteered to offer this support based on their expertise. Students who need the extra support are matched with a student volunteer who needs community service hours.  Visit the Tutoring Connection webpage for additional information on the program and the registration process.

 

Your support and patience continues to be greatly appreciated and we wish all of our staff and families a restful and safe Spring Break!

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Dwight Bonk

Superintendent of Schools

Wappingers Central School District


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March 18, 2021 Educational Update  

 

Good Afternoon WCSD Learning Community:

 

We have a lot of information to share with you this week and we hope you can take a moment to review this week's Educational Update.  Please know that we do have a Superintendent's Conference Day scheduled for Friday, March 19th, and that there will be no student attendance (remote or in-person) tomorrow.

 

Our March 18th Weekly Rewind is available for you to enjoy.  Our Rewind showcases many of the positive things which happened in our schools this past week.

 

Here are this week's topics (these are clickable links within this document):

LocalLive (School Events)

The District is partnering with LocalLive which will allow the District to live stream multiple games/events at the same time, and will greatly improve the at-home viewing experience of our school events.  We are looking into using this service to provide our community with access to sporting events, theatre productions, and activities organized by the Fine and Performing Arts Department.  We will provide you with updates on how to access this service as soon as the system is up and ready to use.

Marking Period 4 Survey Reminder

On Monday, we sent a notification home to our public school families inviting everyone to participate in our Marking Period 4 Learning Modality Survey for our public school students.  We would like to remind our families that this survey is open through March 29th, and that we invite you to participate in this brief survey. Similar to our marking period 3 survey, we will use the information we receive to make decisions about student attendance beginning with marking period 4.  

Regents Exams & School Calendar Update

In our March 11th Educational Update we shared that as of right now only the Algebra 1, English Language Arts, Living Environment, and the Earth Science Regents Exams will be administered in June 2021.  No other Regents Exams will be administered.  

 

This change in test administration will have an impact on high school student attendance.  Originally, our School Calendar showed Regents test administration to begin on Wednesday, June 16th.  On 3/16/2021, the NYS Education Department published a new Regents calendar that showed no exams on Wednesday, June 16th or on Friday, June 18th.  We will be updating our school calendar to now show a regular school schedule for both June 16th and June 18th for our high school students.  All students are expected to attend classes on these days.

 

New York State Grades 3-8 ELA, Math, and Science Assessments Update

As of this time, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) has indicated that the NYS ELA, Math, and Science exams will be administered this spring.  Districts/schools have been provided with a window of dates they can administer each exam.  The specific dates for each exam will be provided to the community next week.  The time frame for administering the exams are noted below.   While the testing window extends across multiple days, each district/school will select the specific day(s) in which they will administer each exam.  Please note that each exam will contain only multiple choice questions and are intended to be completed the same day they begin the exam (exceptions apply for multiple-day testing accommodations).  Districts/schools will have the option to administer the tests to students over the full duration of the testing window to accommodate instructional schedules.  Make-up testing at each school for students who are absent on the day of their test may begin on the school day immediately following the first day of the test administration.  NYSED indicated that it will not be possible to administer any of this year’s State exams remotely, therefore, the exams will be administered in-person.   A survey will be sent to families within the next few weeks in which families will be able to indicate their intention of having their child(ren) take the ELA, Math, and/or Science State exams.  Additional information regarding the State exams will be provided as it becomes available.

 

 

2020-2021 School Year

NYS Exam

Administration Timeline

Grades 3-8 ELA

April 19-29

Grades 3-8 Math

May 3-14

Grades 4 and 8 Science

June 7-9

2021-2022 School Calendar

Our 2021-2022 school calendar has been approved by our Board of Education and is now available on our website.

 

In closing, I would like to commend our staff, students, and families for their overwhelming support, patience, and flexibility as we continue making the necessary adjustments in order to increase in-person learning opportunities for all of those who wish to do so. This continues to be a “work in progress.”

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Dwight Bonk

Superintendent of Schools

Wappingers Central School District


 

March 11, 2021 Educational Update  

 

Good Afternoon WCSD Learning Community:

 

Please check out our Weekly Rewind, which showcases many of the positive things which happened in our schools this past week.

 

Here are this week's topics (these are clickable links within this document):

Update on In-Person Learning

Update on Athletic Seasons and Spectator Policy

Marking Period 4 Learning Modality Survey

High School Regents Exam Update

Daily Health Screener Reminder

Update on In-Person Learning

We are pleased to share with our community that our effort to increase in-person learning opportunities for our students is off to a great start.  This week, our schools (K-12) welcomed more students for four (4) days per week of in-person attendance than ever before.  We also received, as of this Educational Update, 1,000 polycarbonate desktop dividers, which we were able to deploy yesterday, Wednesday, March 10th.  We are expecting another 1,000 dividers to arrive tomorrow afternoon (3/12), and we will work throughout the weekend to get those set up.  Our Building Principals have updated their families, and specifically those who are on a waiting list to attend four (4) days per week, as to the status of their request.  Our administrative teams will continue to make preparations to satisfy any outstanding requests that we have not yet been able to accommodate.  Families who are still on a waitlist on Wednesday, March 17th will be contacted by the Building Principal to provide them with an update on their request.

Update on Athletic Seasons and Spectator Policy

The Executive Committee from Section One Athletics voted on March 9, 2021 to approve the following, "two spectators per senior athlete at both home and away contests for the remainder of the winter season.” The amended policy went into effect Wednesday, March 10, 2021.   Wappingers Central School District adopted this policy and will allow two spectators per senior athlete from the home and away teams at each of our remaining winter sports home events.  The Section One Executive Committee intends to discuss the spectator policy for Fall II on Friday, March 12, 2021.  

 

WCSD Athletic Department has communicated with Section One that the District is confident that we can safely adhere to health protocols and allow for additional spectators at both indoor and outdoor events. The District has communicated with the Section the benefits and importance of allowing additional spectators and we welcome guidance from the Section that would allow Districts the flexibility in making decisions regarding spectators.   Please note, the District will adhere to the guidance provided by the Section.

 

As a reminder, the Fall II and Spring Season dates are listed below:

 

Fall II High School:         March 8

Fall II Modified:         March 17

Spring High School:         April 19

Spring Modified:         TBD

Marking Period 4 Learning Modality Survey

We will be sending out a survey to our families on Monday, March 15th so that we may begin to assess our ability to accommodate our in-person students for marking period 4.  The survey will be open for approximately two (2) weeks, and the District will send out multiple reminders to our families so that we may get as much information as possible to help us in our planning efforts.

High School Regents Exam Update

As of right now only the Algebra 1, English Language Arts, Living Environment, and the Earth Science Regents Exams will be administered in June 2021.  No other Regents Exams will be administered. For a detailed explanation, please review the following information:  

 

Last month, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) requested an assessment waiver from the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) because NYSED determined the spring 2021 State assessments cannot be safely, equitably, and fairly administered to all students across the State given how severely the pandemic is impacting the delivery of instruction to students and adversely affecting their social and emotional well-being.

 

NYSED believes that school instructional time would be best focused on supporting students in academics as well as social-emotional health rather than attempting to administer assessments to the limited population of students who are receiving in-person instruction.  On February 22, 2021 the USDE sent a letter to all states indicating USDE will not approve a blanket waiver for state assessments.

 

The USDE requires that every student be assessed once in high school in english, mathematics, and science.  Therefore, to comply with this federal requirement, NYSED is planning to only administer four (4) Regents Exams this June.  These exams include Algebra 1, English Language Arts, Living Environment, and the Earth Science Regents.  No other Regents Exams will be administered. All other courses ending in a different Regents Exam will provide an exemption for students registered in those courses.  If NYSED receives further guidance on an exemption from these four (4) exams that we plan to administer, we will certainly update our community as soon as we learn of a change in guidance.

Daily Health Screener Reminder

We would like to remind our families, especially those who are returning to in-person learning, that we are still utilizing our EZ Scrn daily health screening tool.  Please be sure to complete this online questionnaire each day your child attends school in person.  To access the screener, please go to https://app.ezscrn.com.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Dwight Bonk

Superintendent of Schools

Wappingers Central School District

 


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March 4, 2021 Educational Update  

 

Good Afternoon WCSD Learning Community:

 

We are bringing back our Weekly Rewind, which showcases many of the positive things happening in our schools each week, and we will be including this link in our Educational Updates.  

  • Increase to 4 days per week of In-person Instruction (K-12)
  • WCSD Tutoring Program
  • Section I Approves Modified Fall II Sports

 

Increase to 4 days per week of In-person Instruction (K-12)

Our administrators, faculty, and staff have been very busy preparing for an increase to in-person instructional opportunities for all of our K-12 students beginning on Monday, March 8th. The response to this effort has been overwhelmingly positive and we look forward to seeing more of our students attending in-person classes next week.  We have been fielding a lot of questions related to this effort, and I hope that today’s communication will help answer some of the most common ones we have received.  

 

It has been our goal to have as many students as possible attend classes 4 days per week beginning March 8th; this is something we have been working towards since we sent the survey home on February 8th.  On February 22nd, the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health (DCDBCH) sent us a memo indicating conditions in which we could bring in even more students.  After a follow-up meeting with the DCDBCH on February 24th, the District ordered a sufficient number of clear polycarbonate desktop dividers (which are compliant with NYS Fire Code) in order for us to allow for social distancing protocols to be reduced from 6 feet by 6 feet to 6 feet by 3 feet.   In addition to this provision, masks will continue to be required for all.

 

As we have 15 schools, each school is doing the best that they can to communicate with families who may start attending classes 4 days per week beginning Monday, March 8th.  We would like to clarify our process going forward.  Our order for desktop dividers was placed on February 24th, immediately following a phone call with the DCDBCH confirming it was appropriate to use these devices.  Since we have not yet received these dividers, we can only allow those students to attend 4 days per week on Monday, March 8th who can fit in a 6 foot by 6 foot social distancing configuration.  As soon as we get  these dividers into our classrooms, we can expand in-person learning opportunities to all of our families who have requested to attend 4 days per week.

 

We know there has been some confusion over who filled out a survey and whether or not they will be ‘allowed’ to attend in-person 4 days per week. We are sorry that this has caused some frustration.  The reality is, if you filled out the survey, called the school, or e-mailed the principal, you will get the chance to attend 4 days per week.  We just need a little bit more time as we wait for the dividers to arrive.  If your request to attend has not yet been granted, it just means that you are on a waiting list.  Our building principals will provide those on their waiting list with an update on Wednesday, March 10th as to the status of your request.  

 

It is our belief, from an academic, social, and emotional perspective, that it is important to increase in-person instruction to 4 days per week, where we are able, for all students in  grades K-12 as soon as possible.  However, we still have over 30% of our families choosing remote only instruction.  We believe that Wednesdays are important for our remote only learners as it provides them additional opportunities to connect with our faculty to address their learning needs.  The District will continue to evaluate the efficacy of our COVID learning models and make adjustments when it makes sense to do so.  

 

One last item we need to mention is transportation.  We shared last week that we anticipate more students riding the bus each day.  It is our recommendation that on colder days children are dressed appropriately as the windows and roof hatches will be open for the duration of the ride.  If you can assist us in ensuring that students are dressed appropriately, that would be greatly appreciated.

 

We would like to thank our community for their unwavering patience and support in what has been a difficult 12 months for all. In addition, our entire staff is to be commended for all of their efforts to make this transition a reality.  We are moving in the right direction!

 

WCSD Tutoring Program

Wappingers Central School District is excited to offer FREE tutoring from Wappingers CSD students to Wappingers CSD students! We know that you (your child) may benefit from the additional support of a student tutor to review key concepts. Our tutors have volunteered to offer this support based on their expertise. Students who need the extra support are matched with a student volunteer who needs community service hours.  Visit the Tutoring Connection webpage for additional information on the program and the registration process.

 

Section I Approves Modified Fall II Sports

On March 1, 2021, Section 1 Executive Board approved Modified Fall II sports.  This change in the guidance specifically pertains to the Modified Fall II season sports of Cheerleading, Football, and Volleyball.  The Modified Fall II sports season will start on or around March 17th, 2021.  For additional information, please contact the Athletic Department or visit the Athletics Webpage.

 

Registration for High Risk Fall II Modified Sports will be open until March 10, 2021. The Athletic Department is continuing to register students for our athletic programs through the online system called FamilyID (www.familyid.com). Please upload the most current physical exam to your Family ID account.  If you are unsure if your child requires an up-to-date physical, please contact your child’s Health Office and the School Nurse will check for you.   If your child has a completed physical from a private physician, please upload it onto FamilyID for approval by the school physician.  For additional information, please contact the Athletic Department or visit the Athletics Webpage.

For Van Wyck JHS Athletics

http://www.familyid.com/john-jay-east-fishkill-high-school-van-wyck-junior-high-school-athletics

For Wappingers JHS Athletics                                              

http://www.familyid.com/roy-c-ketcham-high-school-wappingers-junior-high-school

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Dwight Bonk

Superintendent of Schools

Wappingers Central School District

 

*Please note that during this pandemic, which began impacting schools in March 2020 and the subsequent Governor’s Orders, the communications provided in the District’s Updates may be subject to change, pending any future modifications made by the Governor’s office, the Department of Health, the CDC, and the New York State Education Department.  In this ever changing environment, many things are not guaranteed.


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February 25, 2021 Educational Update  

Good Afternoon WCSD Learning Community:

We have a very important Educational Update for you this week as it pertains to an increase to in-person instruction.  We will be sharing a great deal of information in this update as well as in the days ahead.  Please know that we are acting on additional information that was provided yesterday from the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health (DCDBCH).  

 

In our February 17th Educational Update, we shared how the District is committed to increasing in-person instruction to four (4) days per week for as many students as we can beginning the week of March 8, 2021.  This has been and continues to be our plan for March 8th.  Our Building Principals are finalizing lists of students they have identified as wanting to attend 4 days per week (based upon our survey) and they will be sending notices home to those families starting Monday, March 1st.  

 

Yesterday (2/24/2021), in a weekly meeting with the DCDBCH, our local Health Officials shared with us that we are in the “Moderate” risk category, which currently allows for us to bring additional students into our classrooms using a “6 foot by 3 foot” social distancing protocol (instead of 6 foot by 6 foot social distancing protocol).  We were elated to receive this positive news and I would like to thank the DCDBCH for all of their assistance in making this a reality, as it will greatly increase our capacity to bring more students in sooner rather than later.  In the event that our local Health Officials notify us that our area risk category has increased from “Moderate” to “Severe”, we may be required to revisit this protocol.

 

To this point, we have ordered the necessary see-through polycarbonate desktop dividers which are in compliance with fire safety regulations. The DCDBCH has confirmed this to be an acceptable mitigation strategy for us to employ at this time.  The vendor has assured us that we will begin to receive the devices starting the week of March 1st, and that we will continue to receive partial shipments until the order is fulfilled. We believe that with this initial shipment, at the very least, we will be able to accommodate nearly 80% of the requests for 4 days per week attendance at the K-6 grade level beginning March 8th, and just about all requests for our secondary families.

 

Below is our plan going forward:

  • Our Building Principals will continue to prepare their student lists, and will begin to notify families on Monday, March 1st of their ability to begin attending classes 4 days per week starting on Monday, March 8th.  In the event that we are unable to fulfill all requests beginning Monday, March 8th, those who indicated they were interested in returning 4 days per week will be selected at random to ensure a fair and equitable process.  

 

  • As additional dividers are received, and classrooms are appropriately set up we will continue to invite additional families who are waiting to attend 4 days per week until we have fulfilled all outstanding requests.  

 

  • If you did not respond to the survey, your attendance status shall remain the same as it is now.  We will send out a new survey for Marking Period 4 towards the end of March.

 

Regarding district transportation, the DCDBCH recommends that we “do our best” to provide socially distant seating on the bus, but that they understand it may not be possible to always do so.  We anticipate that with students attending school 4 days per week our bus ridership will increase.  We will continue to keep students seated as separate as possible.  With the weather getting warmer, we will keep windows and emergency roof hatches open for the duration of the bus ride.  It is possible that we may have two (2) students, who are not related by family or household, sitting in the same bus seat.  It is important that we make this point clear, there is no effective way to predict how many students will choose to ride the bus on any given day.  You do have a right to utilize District transportation, but we certainly understand if you decide to drive your child to school.  Anyone sitting in close proximity on the bus may be subject to contact tracing should there be a report of a positive case of COVID-19 related to another bus occupant.

 

We look forward to our continued expansion of in-person learning for our students and ask for your continued patience and support throughout this process.  I know that this is not a substitute for being back to normal in-person attendance, but it is another step in the right direction. We remain hopeful that we will continue to see a decline of COVID-19 positivity rates in our region. The District remains committed to providing the best educational environment possible for all of our students under the challenging and difficult circumstances that we face. I am confident that by working together we will make tremendous progress which will be of benefit to our students, staff, and community.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Dwight Bonk

Superintendent of Schools

Wappingers Central School District

 

Our Weekly Rewind is back! This will become a prominent feature of our upcoming Educational Updates.

 

*Please note that during this pandemic, which began impacting schools in March 2020 and the subsequent Governor’s Orders, the communications provided in the District’s Updates may be subject to change, pending any future modifications made by the Governor’s office, the Department of Health, the CDC, and the New York State Education Department.  In this ever changing environment, many things are not guaranteed.


February 17, 2021 Educational Update  

Good Afternoon WCSD Learning Community:

We are posting our Marking Period 3 survey results on our website for you to review.  We know the topic of increasing in-person learning is very important to so many of our families; therefore, we are providing this Educational Update to our community a day early.

Here are the topics for this week’s Educational Update:

  • Marking Period 3 Survey
  • Anticipated Weather
  • Public Hearing on Revisions to the District Safety Plan

We hope you have a moment to review the information below.

Marking Period 3 Survey

We had just over 6,300 responses (approximately 60% response rate) to the Marking Period 3 Learning Modality Survey, which provides us with valuable insight into the process of increasing in-person learning opportunities for our students.  We will be utilizing the survey data, along with our current attendance information, to make the final decisions on increasing in-person learning.  The District is committed to increasing in-person instruction to four (4) days per week for as many students as we can beginning the week of March 8, 2021.

The District, along with our Building Principals, will be working with classroom teachers and reviewing student rosters to create attendance sheets for the revised four (4) days per week instructional model that are within the guidelines for all health and safety protocols.  We anticipate providing the community with more detailed information in our February 25th Educational Update.

Anticipated Weather 

The District continues to monitor the weather forecasts for Thursday and Friday.  A decision will be made accordingly based on the weather conditions. 

Public Hearing on Revisions to the District Safety Plan
On Monday, February 22, at 7:30 p.m. a Public Hearing on the 2020-2021 District Safety Plan will be held to seek input/feedback from the community on revisions to the plan.  Due to recent amendments to Education Law Section 2801-a regarding Pandemic Planning, District Safety Plans are required to include protocols for responding to a declared public health emergency involving a communicable disease that are “substantially consistent” with provisions of the Labor Law. Information about the District-wide School Safety Plan may be obtained by visiting the website:  www.wappingersschools.org. Comments may be submitted during the live stream via email to: wcsd.comments@wcsdny.org.  The public may continue to provide comments/feedback for thirty days via email, prior to the anticipated adoption by the Board of Education on March 22, 2021.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Dwight Bonk

Superintendent of Schools

Wappingers Central School District

 


February 11, 2021 Educational Update  

Good Afternoon WCSD Learning Community:

I am writing to you in my new official capacity as Superintendent of Schools for the Wappingers Central School District.  I would like you to know that as Superintendent I am both excited and grateful for this opportunity.  Having formerly served as John Jay High School Principal, Assistant Superintendent of Administration, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, and Deputy Superintendent over the past 10 years I have come to know and love this community, and I am honored to have the privilege of serving in this new capacity.  I look forward to continuing to build positive relationships with all members of the Wappingers Community and to work in collaboration with our staff and families to provide an optimal educational experience that fosters and encourages our students to reach their highest potential, academically, socially, and emotionally.

Here are the topics for this week’s Educational Update:

  • Marking Period 3 Survey
  • Emergency (Snow) Days
  • Athletics

We hope you take a moment to review the information below.

Marking Period 3 Survey

I would like to thank our community members for completing the learning modality survey. So far, we have a response rate of just under 50%.  If you have not yet had the opportunity to complete the Marking Period 3 Learning Modality Survey, please take a moment to do so.  The information you provide us is vital in helping us plan for expanded in-person learning opportunities for all of our students.  

Emergency (Snow) Days

As of today, the District has used four out of five emergency (snow) days for the 2020-2021 school year.  With adverse weather conditions in the forecast for next week, there is a good chance that we will use our fifth day before the end of this winter season.  Normally, once a district uses all of their emergency days they would typically begin to take days off of breaks scheduled in the spring.  Details for how these ‘make-up days’ are allocated can be found at the bottom of our 12 month calendar.  For the remainder of this school year, and whenever it is possible, the District will switch to remote learning days instead of using ‘make-up days’.  We understand that certain emergency situations may require us to deviate from this plan (widespread power outages, for example). If all five emergency (snow) days are utilized and if we need to consider closing school due to future weather-related conditions, please know we will elect to utilize remote learning days whenever possible.

High School: Fall II High Risk Sports
Fall II High Risk Level Sports (Cheerleading, Football, Girls Swimming, Volleyball) at the high school level is scheduled to begin on March 8th, 2021.   Registration for High Risk Fall II High School Sports is open from February 10 to 28, 2021. Students must upload the most current physical exam to FamilyID.

A parent/guardian can register on FamilyID by clicking on the link for the school your child attends. Please note there is no fee for registration.

For John Jay Athletics

http://www.familyid.com/john-jay-east-fishkill-high-school-van-wyck-junior-high-school-athletcs

For RCK Athletics

http://www.familyid.com/roy-c-ketcham-high-school-wappingers-junior-high-school

Additional information is available on the Athletics website.

Athletic Placement Process (APP) and APP Physical Fitness Test Dates
Any Van Wyck Junior High School student or Wappingers Junior High School student who intends to try out for a High School Level Fall II Sport must complete the Athletic Placement Process (APP). The APP packet must be submitted to the respective High School Athletic Office by Wednesday, February 17, 2021. Information on the APP can be found on the Athletics website.  All APP Candidates are to report on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 2:30pm, in the RCK Lobby to participate in the APP physical fitness test.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Dwight Bonk

Superintendent of Schools

Wappingers Central School District


February 4, 2021 Educational Update  

Good Afternoon WCSD Learning Community:

We would like to share a brief Educational Update with you.  We hope you have a moment to review the information below.

Increasing In-Person Learning Opportunities

This week, we shared with you our updated COVID School Operations Protocols.  If you have not had a moment to review our parent resources webpage, please take a moment to do so.  It has been, and continues to be, our goal to increase instructional opportunities for all of our students.  Over the past month, the District has been able to increase in-person learning time for our students with the greatest academic needs.  Now, we would like to focus on our general education students and provide opportunities, wherever possible.  

One of the most difficult aspects of this planning has to do with the consistency of daily student attendance.  We understand that every family must make decisions based upon what they feel is right for their own households, and that students have been fluctuating between in-person and remote learning based upon family needs.  Before we can commit to bringing in additional students four (4) days per week, we would like for families to commit to one (1) modality of learning for the remainder of the 3rd marking period.  

To gather additional information, the District will be sending out a survey on Monday, February 8th asking for input on preferred learning modality for your child for marking period 3.  We would appreciate your timely feedback / response to this survey.  Once the data has been collected, we will work with our Building Principals to analyze the data and to create plans to bring in additional students.  We know that we will not be able to accommodate everyone, but we will do all that we can to increase opportunities in a manner that is as fair and equitable as possible.  The survey will be emailed to you on Monday the 8th. 

 

Dutchess County Announces COVID-19 Childcare Relief Scholarship Funding
The County is launching its second scholarship program for residents of Dutchess County. The programs’ aim is to fill the gap between the number of days students will be physically in school and those days where students are not physically in school. Funding for this scholarship program was made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and awarded to the County and City for distribution through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to prevent, prepare for, or respond to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.  Complete Program Guidance, detailed eligibility requirements, and application instructions can be found here.  Applications are due on February 16, 2021.


Sincerely,

Dr. Dwight Bonk

Interim Superintendent

Wappingers Central School District

 


 

January 28, 2021 Educational Update  

Good Afternoon WCSD Learning Community:

We would like to share a brief Educational Update with you.  We hope you have a moment to review the information below.

Topics covered in today's Educational Update:

  1. WCSD COVID-19 Protocols
  2. Interscholastic Sports Update
  3. Virtual Community Math Tutoring for Students in Grades 7-12 (Registration Required)

WCSD COVID-19 Protocols

The WCSD is provided with protocols from both the New York State Department of Health and the Dutchess County Department of Health regarding the necessary requirements when a COVID case is reported or impacts a school.  We have been acting upon these protocols since the fall.  

We are actively pursuing updated information as it pertains to our protocols and procedures for contact tracing and social distancing.  The goal of which is to minimize the impact of these protocols and procedures on our in-person school operations.   In the event the District is able to alleviate current restrictions while maintaining optimal health, welfare, and safety of our students and staff, we will certainly notify our community at such time.  

The District is very grateful to have this collaboration with the Dutchess County Department of Health.  We are looking forward to our second semester, with the potential to increase in-person instruction for all students.  The District will continue to share updated information in regards to this effort in future educational updates.

Interscholastic Sports Update

The Wappingers CSD is pleased to announce that the NYSPHAA, Section I, and the County Executives from the seven counties of the Hudson Valley have approved expanded sports opportunities (referred to as High-Risk sports) to begin on February 1st, 2021.  These sports include Basketball, Cheerleading, and Wrestling.  Sports that will be offered during the Fall II Season (March 8 - April 25) include: Football, Cheerleading, Volleyball, and Girls Swimming.  

Modified athletics for Winter Sports (Basketball, Cheerleading, and Wrestling) are canceled, as per Section 1.  A decision has not yet been made on whether or not districts will be permitted to host modified athletics for the Fall II Sports season. 

All students interested in participating in a sport must register and/or RE-REGISTER on FamilyID in order for the 30-day health history to be current and valid.  Even if you have registered already for a 2020-2021 fall or winter sport, you MUST re-register on FamilyID.   The deadline to register for a High-risk Winter Sport on FamilyID is Monday, February 1, 2021.  Please be aware that tryouts begin on Monday, February 1, 2021, and in order for a student to be able to participate in tryouts, a student must have an approved FamilyID registration which includes an updated physical exam.  

Refer to the District website for additional information on the athletic program and the FamilyID registration process.

Reminder:  Free Virtual Community Math Tutoring for Students in Grades 7-12

The Office of Curriculum & Instruction is supporting the efforts of a community volunteer group to offer free math tutoring and homework assistance to students in grades 7-12.  The sessions will be held virtually from 7:00PM – 7:40PM on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Tuesdays will be reserved for students in grades 9-12, while Wednesdays will be reserved for students in grades 7-8.  Students must pre- register for the tutoring sessions.

Please complete this form (linked below) by 3:00PM on the scheduled tutoring day. Students will not be able to access a Community Math Help tutoring session without completing this form. This form must be completed for each weekly session the student would like to attend.

Click here to complete the sign-up form.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Dwight Bonk

Interim Superintendent

Wappingers Central School District


January 21, 2021 Educational Update  

Good Afternoon WCSD Learning Community:

We would like to share a brief Educational Update with you.  We hope you have a moment to review the information below.

Topics covered in today's Educational Update:

  1. REMINDER: PSAT, January 26  (Important update for high school families)
  2. Virtual Community Math Tutoring for Students in Grades 7-12 (Registration Required)
  3. Virtual Electives Fair for Grades 9-12, January 27

PSAT Scheduled for January 26, 2021 (Attention High School Students Only)

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 will be considered a testing day for high school students. Only high school students who register to take the PSAT will report to school to take the PSAT. All other high school students will have the opportunity to schedule time with their teachers for virtual extra help. There will not be a normal period schedule on the 26th as some teachers will be proctoring the exam.  Morning transportation for PSAT test takers will be available as per their usual AM transportation schedule (if students are not taking the PSAT, they should not board the bus on Tuesday, January 26th).  Transportation will be available at the conclusion of the PSAT (11:45 AM).  The K-8 schedule will not be impacted and instruction will continue as scheduled.  For all students coming to the high school to take a PSAT, we ask that you please complete your EZ Scrn health assessment prior to entering the building.

Free Virtual Community Math Tutoring for Students in Grades 7-12

The Office of Curriculum & Instruction is supporting the efforts of a community volunteer group to offer free math tutoring and homework assistance to students in grades 7-12.  The sessions will be held virtually from 7:00PM – 7:40PM on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Tuesdays will be reserved for students in grades 9-12 students, while Wednesdays will be reserved for students in grades 7-8.  Students must pre- register for the tutoring sessions.

Please complete this form (linked below) by 3:00PM on the scheduled tutoring day. Students will not be able to access a Community Math Help tutoring session without completing this form. This form must be completed for each weekly session the student would like to attend.

Click here to complete the sign-up form.

Virtual Electives Fair Wednesday, January 27 for Grades 9-12

The WCSD high schools are offering students and families an opportunity to learn more about the elective courses that are available for students to take in grades 9-12.  

The Virtual Electives Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, January 27.  The student event is scheduled for 1:25PM-2:25PM and the family event is scheduled for 6:00PM-8:00PM. Please refer to the District Website for additional information

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Dwight Bonk

Interim Superintendent

Wappingers Central School District


January 14, 2021 Educational Update  

Good Afternoon WCSD Learning Community:

We would like to share a brief Educational Update with you ahead of the three-day Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend.  We hope you have a moment to review the information below, and that you and your families stay well, and enjoy the extended weekend.

Topics covered in today's Educational Update:

  1. Parent University Workshop for parents of students in Grades K-2, January 14
  2. PSAT, January 26  (Important update for high school families)
  3. Daily Health Screener

Parent University Workshop for Parents of Students in Grades K-2

Bridging the Gap Between Home and School: Helping Your Child Thrive with Virtual or In-Person Schooling 

Date: January 14 

Time: 6pm-7pm

Link: https://tcrwp.zoom.us/j/96552108263

Presenter, Marie Mounteer, has been an educator for 13 years who supports schools, districts, and teachers all over the world with reading and writing workshop education. During this workshop, she will provide parents with a vision of how to not only support your child's academic growth but their social emotional growth as well. She will provide concrete ways to support alphabet knowledge, early writing development and foster a love of reading and writing. Marie Mounteer will also explain some of the challenges of online learning and provide a vision of how to support your child and help them maximize their virtual lessons. 

There will be a 50-minute presentation and a 10-minute question and answer session at the end. 

PSAT Scheduled for January 26, 2021 (Attention High School Students Only)

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 will be considered a testing day for high school students. Only high school students who register to take the PSAT will report to school to take the PSAT. All other high school students will have the opportunity to schedule time with their teachers for virtual extra help. There will not be a normal period schedule on the 26th as some teachers will be proctoring the exam.  Morning transportation for PSAT test takers will be available as per their usual AM transportation schedule (if students are not taking the PSAT, they should not board the bus on Tuesday, January 26th).  Transportation will be available at the conclusion of the PSAT (11:45 AM).  The K-8 schedule will not be impacted and instruction will continue as scheduled. 

Daily Health Screener

Our EZ Screen vendor is reporting that they will be releasing a new version of the EZ screen app over the weekend.  This new version will include an updated question set from the NYS Department of Health.  If you use an app-based version of this screening tool, you will need to update the application on your device after the weekend update is completed.  You will know that the update has been completed when the application prompts you to install the new update.  If you use the web-based version of the application, you will not need to do anything, but you may notice the change in questions on the survey when you fill it out starting next week.

Sincerely,

Dr. Dwight Bonk

Interim Superintendent

Wappingers Central School District

*Please note that during this pandemic, which began impacting schools in March 2020 and the subsequent Governor’s Orders, the communications provided in the District’s Updates may be subject to change, pending any future modifications made by the Governor’s office, the Department of Health, the CDC, and the New York State Education Department.  In this ever changing environment, many things are not guaranteed.

 


January 7, 2021 Educational Update  

Good Afternoon WCSD Learning Community:

I would like to first wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year.  We certainly hope that 2021 will soon usher in a sense of normalcy within our District and our community.  Until that time, we must continue to do everything we can to educate our students in the best way possible.  This Educational Update includes a number of very important updates, and I hope that you take a moment to review these topics as most of them pertain to our entire K-12 learning community.

Topics covered in today's Educational Update:

  1. Our new Hybrid Learning Schedule beginning Monday, January 11th (affecting all public school students grades K-12)
  2. Updated transportation schedule beginning Monday, January 11th (affecting all public school students grades K-12)
  3. Parent University Workshop for parents of students in Grades K-2, January 14

New Hybrid Learning Schedule:

On November 16th we shared with our community the plan to expand our hybrid learning schedule beginning Monday, January 11th, 2021.  This new learning schedule will include a return to a two-tier transportation system, whereby all of our elementary schools will share the same school day schedule.  The following is our new schedule starting January 11th, 2021:

Updated Transportation Schedule 

Bus stop pickup times (and in some cases drop off times as well) will be changing as a result of the new schedule starting on Monday, January 11th.  Our new transportation schedules will be posted on our transportation website.  Our transportation department is working hard to have these new lists populated on this page this afternoon.  Please keep checking back.  We will notify the community as soon as the site is live.  Once available, please review these changes carefully.

Parent University Workshop for Parents of Students in Grades K-2

Bridging the Gap Between Home and School: Helping Your Child Thrive with Virtual or In-Person Schooling 

Date: January 14 

Time: 6pm-7pm

Link: https://tcrwp.zoom.us/j/96552108263

Presenter, Marie Mounteer, has been an educator for 13 years who supports schools, districts, and teachers all over the world with reading and writing workshop education. During this workshop, she will provide parents with a vision of how to not only support your child's academic growth but their social emotional growth as well. She will provide concrete ways to support alphabet knowledge, early writing development and foster a love of reading and writing. Marie Mounteer will also explain some of the challenges of online learning and provide a vision of how to support your child and help them maximize their virtual lessons. 

There will be a 50-minute presentation and a 10-minute question and answer session at the end. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Dwight Bonk

Interim Superintendent

Wappingers Central School District


December 22, 2020 Educational Update  

Good Afternoon WCSD Learning Community:

The December recess is upon us and I would like to take this opportunity to wish our entire WCSD Community a wonderful, restful recess and, most importantly, a healthy and happy New Year!  I know that so many of our families faced unthinkable hardships in 2020, and to those families I would like to offer my sincerest condolences, and hope for a positive 2021.

In this Educational Update, I wanted to remind everyone of our plans to expand both our remote and hybrid learning opportunities for our students.  In the November 16, 2020 Educational Update, we shared with you that the District will be implementing a phase-in model that is scheduled to begin the week of January 11th, 2021.  Phase-One will include a return to a two-tier transportation system, whereby all of our elementary schools share the same school day schedule. During Phase-One, which is anticipated to begin on January 11, 2021, we will follow the following schedule for hybrid learning:

  • Secondary Arrival / Dismissal: Students will arrive at 7:25 AM and dismiss at 12:45 PM. This schedule allows for us to continue to use existing resources to cover classes as needed, while also maintaining a portion of the day for teachers and support staff to connect with remote students during the afternoon.
  • Elementary Arrival / Dismissal: Students will arrive at 8:25 AM and dismiss at 2:25 PM. In addition to creating a unified schedule for our elementary schools, this schedule also allows for teachers and support staff to connect with remote students during the afternoon.
  • Remote Learning Wednesdays: We will be extending our secondary school remote learning times on Wednesdays to match the same Phase-One period schedule for secondary schools. This will represent an increase in remote learning time and will allow us to keep our remote schedule in sync with our hybrid learning schedule. Elementary students will continue to follow their existing remote learning schedule.

The Phase-One schedule may be thought of as a 2-hour delay schedule for secondary students and a 1-hour delay schedule for elementary students. However, it should be noted that secondary students will have more time in the building during Phase-One than if it were truly a 2-hour delay schedule. It is important to know that the extra time during the afternoon is critical for our remote only students and our struggling learners to be able to receive additional support and services as necessary. 

I hope you take a moment to review our Phase One Plan. In it you will find our updated in-person school schedules for both elementary and secondary schools, as well as our updated remote learning schedule for remote only Wednesdays.  

COVID-19 Update

I would also like to share with you our WCSD COVID update:

As you may be aware, the District has had over 82 positive cases of COVID-19 reported to us since the end of October. Please know that the District has followed up appropriately, in accordance with the Department of Health regulations and our District Reopening Plan, with all of these cases. In most instances, it has been necessary for the District to reach out to staff members or families indicating the need to have staff or students, respectively, quarantine for 14 days from the point of exposure with an individual who tested positive. 

We are sharing the most updated guidance from New York State regarding the testing requirements necessary to follow in the event that the State identifies a micro-cluster within our District. Please see the New Metrics for Micro-Cluster Zones, which is primarily based on hospitalization rates. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this update, and once again, on behalf of the entire staff in the Wappingers CSD, we wish all of you a happy and safe holiday season!

Take care and be well!

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Dwight Bonk

Acting Superintendent

Wappingers Central School District

 


December 10, 2020 Educational Update  

Good Afternoon WCSD Learning Community:

COVID-19 Update

As you may be aware, the District has had over 56 positive cases of COVID-19 reported to us since the end of October. Please know that the District has followed up appropriately, in accordance with the Department of Health regulations and our District Reopening Plan, with all of these cases. In most instances, it has been necessary for the District to reach out to staff members or families indicating the need to have staff or students, respectively, quarantine for 14 days from the point of exposure with an individual who tested positive.

We are sharing the most updated guidance from New York State regarding the testing requirements necessary to follow in the event that the State identifies a micro-cluster within our District. In the event that the District is required by NYS to adhere to mandatory testing guidelines (based on the restrictions identified below) in order for us to continue providing in-person instruction, it is our intention to do so (within the capacity that the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health is able to support our efforts). We are currently in discussions with the Department of Health, and various testing entities, to determine the logistical approach necessary to successfully adhere to the testing requirements that may be imposed by New York State in our District.

The latest guidance from the New York State Department of Health regarding School Reopening in Yellow, Orange, and Red Micro-Cluster Zones was updated on December 4, 2020.

RESTRICTIONS BY CLUSTER ZONE

Type of Activity

Red

Orange

Yellow

 

Schools

Closed*

Remote-only

Closed*

Remote-only

Open

20% weekly testing of in-person students and faculty

*Schools may reopen if they follow new guidelines that require mass testing in schools before they reopen followed by vigilant symptom and exposure screening conducted daily.  

We know that these State documents are at times overwhelming.  Please know that we will continue to break down what it is we need to do, and why we need to do it as the health climate in our region changes.  As always, it is our goal to provide the best hybrid learning environment we can, in the most healthy and responsible way.

Take care and be well!

Sincerely,

Dr. Dwight Bonk

Acting Superintendent

Wappingers Central School District

*Please note that during this pandemic, which began impacting schools in March 2020 and the subsequent Governor’s Orders, the communications provided in the District’s Updates may be subject to change, pending any future modifications made by the Governor’s office, the Department of Health, the CDC, and the New York State Education Department.  In this ever changing environment, many things are not guaranteed.

 


December 3, 2020 Educational Update  

Good Afternoon WCSD Learning Community:

Covid-19 Update

As you may be aware, the District has had over 31 positive cases of COVID-19 reported to us since the end of October. Please know that the District has followed up appropriately, in accordance with the Department of Health regulations and our District Reopening Plan, with all of these cases. In most instances, it has been necessary for the District to reach out to staff members or families indicating the need to have staff or students, respectively, quarantine for 14 days from the point of exposure with an individual who tested positive. 

We understand that such disruptions in schedule are difficult for families, as these adjustments can be made at any time of the day or week. The District is committed to follow up on each case in an expedient manner. Any adjustment that is made to the in-person hybrid learning model is done when required by regulation, and based on the health, safety, and welfare, of our students and staff. We continue to learn from these experiences and to improve our communications and processes as best as we can. 

It is our intent to continue to handle each case specific to each building, day-by-day and  case-by-case. In the event that a case requires a shift to remote learning for a specific building, based on the protocols outlined by the Department of Health, we will do so in accordance with such regulations. Please know that we believe that in-person instruction is essential to the academic, social and emotional health of our students and we remain committed to continuing to provide such opportunities as long as it is deemed safe.

We are sharing the most updated guidance from New York State regarding the testing requirements necessary to follow in the event that the State identifies a micro-cluster within our District. The latest guidance can be found by clicking here: Yellow Zone Update Addendum

Winter Sports and Family ID

Since Section 1 has announced a delay in the start of winter sports till January 4, 2021, ALL students have to register and/or RE-REGISTER in order for the 30-day health history to be current and valid.  Even if you have registered already for a 20-21 winter sport, you MUST re-register on FamilyID.  

Thanks again for your patience and understanding as we work together during this most challenging time, for the benefit of the health, welfare, and education of all of our students.

Take care and be well!

Sincerely,

Dr. Dwight Bonk

Acting Superintendent

Wappingers Central School District

 


November 19, 2020 Educational Update

Good Afternoon WCSD Learning Community:

This letter has been added to the Community Notifications section of the Re-Opening website and can be translated into your primary language if needed. Para leer este mensaje en Español haga clic donde dice "translate" (arriba a la derecha)  y escoja el idioma Spanish y lo llevará a la página en Español. 

Topics Covered In This Educational Update

 

  • Update on COVID Advisories
  • Clarification on Revised Phase-In Hybrid Plan (January 11, 2021)
  • Winter Sports Update
  • WCSD Calendar Update

 

 Update on COVID Advisories

We are doing our best to ensure our entire WCSD community is aware whenever there is a COVID-related event which affects school operations in our District.  We also receive inquiries about unrelated positive cases, and questions about why we aren’t notifying the entire community each time we learn of an instance which does not affect school operations.  We would like to ensure that our COVID Advisories are limited to only those which do affect school operations; however, we do recognize the importance of sharing information about all of the cases that are reported to us.  

With that being said, the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH), operating under Executive Order from the NYS Governor’s Office, requires school districts to complete a daily survey for each of our schools indicating whether or not we have any positive COVID cases for students or staff (whether they are in-person or remote only).  To help with transparency, and to minimize emails related to matters that do not impact school operations we have posted a link to the NYSDOH Dashboard on our website.  The information on this dashboard will be refreshed every 24 hours, and will reflect all known positive cases of COVID in the District.  We will continue to send notifications to our community for all instances which affect school operations.

Clarification on Revised Phase-In Hybrid Plan (January 11, 2021)

In our Educational Update from Monday November 16th, we shared with you our updated Phase-In Hybrid Plan.  We received a number of questions about this plan, which is scheduled to begin on January 11, 2021.  One of the most common had to do with a Cohort A / B Schedule, please know that we will continue to utilize the Cohort A and Cohort B models in our Hybrid Learning Plan until the NYSDOH reduces constraints surrounding social distancing.  Students will attend the in-person hybrid model two days per week based on their assigned Cohort.  Cohort A attends Monday and Tuesday.  Cohort B attends Thursday and Friday.  Students, who have been previously approved to attend in-person instruction four-days per week, will continue as scheduled (i.e., selected Special Education students and English Language Learners). 

We will continue to analyze our capacities and will, when possible, bring students with higher learning needs into school for up to 4 days per week when we are able to do so.

Winter Sports Update

The NYSPHSAA has indicated that low/moderate risk sports can begin on November 30.  This includes: Indoor Track and Field, Boys Swimming, Bowling, and Gymnastics. Section One will provide districts with further guidance on if the Section One Districts will begin on November 30th or on a later date.   High risk winter sports: Basketball, Cheer, and Wrestling have been postponed until January 2021.  The District will provide students and families with updated information as it is received. 

WCSD Calendar Update

In a previous Educational Update we shared that the January Regents Exams have been cancelled by the NYS Education Department.  Please know that at our November 16th Board of Education Meeting an updated school calendar was adopted, which now shows the Regents Days in January as regular days of attendance.  The District is reviewing upcoming January PSAT testing options.  As a result, we may revise the school calendar once again should we find that it is necessary to provide a testing day for the PSAT exam, which is currently scheduled to coincide with the now canceled Regents Exams.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Dwight Bonk

Acting Superintendent

Wappingers Central School District

 


November 12, 2020 Educational Update

Good Afternoon WCSD Learning Community:

Para leer este mensaje en Español haga clic donde dice "translate" (arriba a la derecha)  y escoja el idioma Spanish y lo llevara a la pajina en Espanol.  This letter has been added to the Community Notifications section of the Re-Opening website and can be translated into your primary language if needed.

We are near the end of our first week of Hybrid Learning for our Senior High Schools, and I am very pleased with the way this first week has gone.  It was great to see so many of our high school students back in the classroom.  I would like to thank our students for how well they have embraced our new safety protocols, and I’d like to thank our parents, faculty, and staff for doing all that they have done to support our students during this transition.

We have had, as you know, some new reported positive cases within our community since our last Educational Update.  Please know we will continue to do the best that we can to provide a safe learning environment for our students and staff.  But we do know that the number of new cases can spike in different parts of our learning community, and at any given time.  With that being said, I would like to share a brief video that describes our WCSD COVID Contact Tracing Protocols which will hopefully answer some of the more commonly asked questions that we have been receiving since our first reports of a positive case affecting attendance in our community.  

As we move forward, I think it is important to share our challenges with COVID positive cases.  We have seen eight (8) cases within our learning community since October 29th, and in seven (7) of these cases we have seen a domino effect as it pertains to the person who tested positive followed by the number of individuals (both staff and student) who must then quarantine for 2 weeks.  Our challenge isn’t in cleaning our schools or maintaining our health and safety protocols. Our challenge lies in the quarantine process itself.  According to the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health, any individual who shares a classroom space or a bus with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 for a certain duration must be excluded from in-person attendance from school for 2 weeks.  It is very difficult for us to maintain a healthy learning environment when we lose 4-6 staff members for a single instance of COVID.  Combine this with multiple buildings overlapping the same week and we could see this number multiplied by 2 or more concurrent instances.  This of course puts a strain on our resources, and while we have been fortunate enough to maintain our hybrid classes thus far, it is certainly possible we may not always be able to do so, meaning we may have to close a school, or a grade level as necessary if we determine we are unable to open safely due to a lack of resources.  This is something I wanted to share with our community as we continue to assess and make decisions every time these situations arise.

January Regents Update

In our last Educational Update we shared with you that the January Regents Exams have been cancelled by the New York State Education Department.  This will have an impact on our high school student attendance calendar.  Our current calendar shows January 26th - 29th blocked off for the January Regents Exams. We will be updating our calendar to show that January 26th - 29th will now be considered regular attendance days for all of our high school students.  

K-6 Parent Teacher Conferences and Report Card Access on Parent Portal

As a reminder, Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for next week, November 17, 18, and 19.  Parents/guardians can access Report Cards for Marking Period 1 on the Parent Portal. We will be opening up report cards for parent portal access on Monday, November 16th. Report cards will not be mailed home. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Dwight Bonk

Acting Superintendent

Wappingers Central School District

 


November 6, 2020 Educational Update

Good Morning WCSD Learning Community:

I am pleased to have this opportunity to share with you our November 6th Educational Update. Please note that starting next week, Thursday, November 12 the weekly updates will be sent out to our community on Thursdays. 

The past week and a half has not been without its challenges, as we have shared with our WCSD community, we have had four separate COVID-related incidents to manage within our school communities. I would like to thank everyone we have worked with for their patience and understanding as we work through these critical issues.  I do anticipate that as we move further into the school year and into the cold winter months that the frequency of incidents will increase. We will work together as a community to address these incidents in a manner that focuses on the health and safety of our entire learning community.

This Educational Update will cover the following topics: 

  • Secondary Hybrid Learning Update
  • Daily Health Screening
  • Transportation Update
  • January 2021 Administration of the High School Regents Exams
  • Winter Sports / Winter Workouts

 

Secondary Hybrid Learning Update

Although we must take pause due to the incident at Wappingers Jr High School we would like to reflect on the positive outcomes of bringing back our Junior High School students this week.  Our students returned to Van Wyck Jr HS and Wappingers Jr HS this week on a modified schedule.  While we know this schedule is not ideal, it has provided us with the ability to open our doors for in-person instruction, and we were very happy to see the excitement our students shared with their return to school.  

We are very excited to welcome back our High School students starting with Cohort A on Monday, November 9th.  This will be Cycle Day 2 for both Monday and Tuesday for all of our secondary students.  We look forward to seeing them back in school, and I hope they have a wonderful first day of Hybrid Learning.

Daily Health Screener

We  have completed our creation of student accounts in our EZScrn application.  If you have not yet received an ID or Password from EZScrn there is a good possibility that your email account has blocked the invitation as SPAM.  This appears to be especially true for AOL and Yahoo email users.  

If you have not yet received your ID or Password for EZScrn, we ask that you please try the following steps in order to generate a password for your account:

  1. Go to https://app.ezscrn.com/
  2. Click “Accept” on the disclaimer
  3. Enter the same email address you are receiving this message from as your User ID
  4. If you never received a Password notification, click “forgot / change password” to generate a new password for your account.

Hopefully this will help get you into the system.  Again, use the same email account that you are using to read this message as your user ID for the system.  If you continue to have issues, please send an email to wcsd.comments@wcsdny.org.

Transportation Update
Please be aware that we have made a change to our Transportation Regulation to allow us to increase the potential time a student is on the bus from 45 minutes to 1 hour.  This may not impact your child, but it will allow us some flexibility when it comes to routing of buses during this pandemic period.  Please know that this regulation includes the time the students board the bus at home and departs the bus at school.  Oftentimes there is a waiting period before the students disembark while on campus that adds to the overall time the student is on the bus.  

January 2021 Administration of the High School Regents Exams

The January 2021 administration of the High School Regents Examination Program has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID–19 pandemic.  This cancellation applies to all Regents Examinations that had been scheduled for the January 2021 Regents Examination period.  The New York State Education Department has shared the following in their notification to our District:  

“As this school year has progressed and the dates for the administration of the January 2021 Regents Examinations have grown nearer, there remains much uncertainty as to when all secondary-level students in schools all across the State will return to fully in-person instruction. Consequently, we are cancelling the January 2021 Regents Examinations administration as we cannot be certain that these examinations can be administered in a fair, equitable and safe manner for all secondary-level students and teachers across the State at that time.

The Department has not yet made decisions about the June and August 2021 administrations of Regents Examinations or any of the other State assessment programs. The Board of Regents and the State Education Department will continue to monitor data related to modes of instruction amid the ongoing pandemic. When it is time to decide about these Regents Examination and other State examination administration periods, those decisions will be fully informed by all available and relevant public health and educational data. And as always, we will put the health and safety of students and teachers first.”

Winter Sports Scheduled to Begin November 30, 2020

Winter Sports is scheduled to begin on November 30, 2020.  Winter sports include: Track, Basketball, Wrestling, Bowling, Gymnastics, and Cheerleading.  Students should plan to obtain the required health examination prior to participation in the winter,  Fall II, or spring 2020-2021 sport seasons. This means for winter sport athletes, a physical exam dated November 1, 2019 or later must be uploaded to your Family ID account or on file in the nurse’s office.  If you are unsure if your child requires an up-to-date physical, please contact your child’s Health Office and the School Nurse will check for you.   If your child has a completed physical from a private physician, please upload it onto FamilyID or submit it to the Health Office for approval by the school physician.

Please register on FamilyID from Friday, November 6 to Sunday, November 22.  Additional information can be found on the Athletics webpage

The Fall II season is scheduled to begin in March.  Fall II sports include: Football, Cheerleading, and Volleyball. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.  High risk sports for winter and Fall II sports include Basketball, Wrestling, Cheerleading, and Football) and will be discussed further by NYSPHSAA and Section I in mid-November.   Information regarding the start of high-risk sports will be provided as soon as it becomes available. 

WCSD Off-Season Workouts to Begin on November 9, 2020

Off-season workouts will begin on November 9, 2020.  WCSD Athletics will utilize a phase-in approach for off-season workouts for Winter and Fall II sports.  Starting on Monday, November 9, 2020, students from Cohort A may participate in off-season workouts on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Wednesdays will be a day off.  Students from Cohort B may participate on Thursdays and Fridays.  All proper screening protocols and health and safety guidelines will be followed.   Athletes can email the coaches for information on workout schedule.  Coach contact information can be found on the athletics webpage or accessed here.  Phase-one workouts will focus on cardiovascular exercises. Students will not share equipment or use the locker rooms. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Dwight Bonk

Acting Superintendent

Wappingers Central School District