June 12 Update

Posted by Daren Lolkema on 6/12/2020 4:00:00 PM

June 12, 2020 Update

Good Evening WCSD Community:

Continuity of Learning

The last day of new learning for students will be Friday, June 19, 2020.  From June 22-25, students will have the opportunity, if necessary, to submit work owed, participate in small group instruction to continue to build upon student skills, and/or to complete projects currently in progress.   Should you have any questions regarding the work your student is expected to do, reach out to your child’s teacher for guidance. We acknowledge that the past few months have been difficult for many of you as we transitioned from in-person teaching to Continuity of Learning while students remained home.  Your patience, dedication, and support throughout this process has been invaluable. We will continue to keep you informed as we learn more about what teaching and learning, as well as, interscholastic sports will look like in the fall.

Virtual Secondary Summer School

On our website, we have provided you with information regarding Regents exams exemptions.  Please review again, if necessary.  If you have any uncertainties whether your high school student requires attending summer school through the Continuity of Learning, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school counselor or their designated Assistant Principal.

Summer Break Resources 

During the summer, we will continue to provide families with activities, readings, and other instructional learning opportunities that students can do independently from the Continuity of Learning.  No one expected to have our schools closed and we want to ensure that we continue to support WCSD families in different ways. 

September 2020 Re Entry Plan

For the next Update, we will provide you with an opportunity to help serve in one of our sub-committees that we are putting together to help develop a plan that we have to submit to the New York State Education Department for entering back to school in September 2020.  Preliminary work has begun.  For example, each Senior Staff Administrator, will serve as the Sub-committee chair and provide guidance to the work they are responsible to complete.  We have to ensure that we address areas of Health and Safety, Transportation, Facilities, Nutrition, Teaching, Learning, Virtual Learning, Budget/Fiscal, Social Emotional Learning, Special Education, English Language Learners, Staffing and Human Resources.  The following link provides access to a document that has been made available to Districts to use as discussion points when planning for the reopening of  schools.

https://www.wappingersschools.org/cms/lib/NY01001463/Centricity/Domain/2765/Reopening%20Schools.pdf

High School Graduation

On June 7th, the NYS Governor announced that socially distanced in-person ceremonies of up to 150 people would be allowed beginning June 26, 2020.  While his latest decision may initially appear to give us flexibility for us to create a more formal graduation experience for our students it really puts us in a bind with our community.  We have over 400 Graduates at Roy C Ketcham, and over 500 Graduates at John Jay.  Holding a ceremony with up to 150 participants would really mean having between up to 13 mini ceremonies at our largest high school, JJHS,  and up to 12 ceremonies at RCKHS, and 1 ceremony for OVAHS.   

Both large high schools  want to give our students a memorable graduation experience, and with strong consideration of their sizes and safety precautions, it is necessary and appropriate to continue working with the plans already set forth by them and with potential modifications made if permissible. If for some reason the Governor decides to change this criteria again in the coming days we will review the situation once more.  But as the dates for Graduation quickly approach we really need to lock in the details of our current plan so that we may execute them in the best manner possible.

Please fill out the form that you received from your High School principal.  We hope that all Seniors participate in the two days of events.  By answering promptly to their forms, it will help to speed up the planning process and make necessary modifications that can potentially enhance what is in store for WCSD Seniors. 

Absentee Ballots

Please note that the Governor’s Executive Order has extended the time to mail absentee ballots to be accepted only by USPS prior to 5:00 PM on Tuesday, June 16, 2020.  If you have not already done so, it is important that you exercise your right to vote.  We cannot guarantee at this time that your ballot will be received on time, but don’t hesitate to make an attempt.

News and Notes from the New York State Education Department

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) releases a monthly newsletter informing the New York learning community of updates and happenings related to teaching and learning in the State.  The June newsletter contains information which you may find useful.  Click on the link to access the document or visit the NYSED website for more information. 

Thank you and stay well.  

Sincerely,

 

Jose L. Carrion 

Superintendent of Schools