A Message from the Superintendent of Schools:
Combating Coronavirus with Planning, Common Sense &
Caring for Your Family and Community
Dear Parents & Guardians,
The purpose of this webpage is to keep you updated on the District's ongoing preparedness in dealing with the Coronavirus. The Coronavirus is causing understandable concern and confusion, but I want to reassure you that the District is taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety of students and staff and to make sure that teaching and learning continue during this challenging time. Periodically, you will receive an alert from me indicating that information has been added to this page. Updates are listed by date so you can be sure certain you will receive the most current information.
There has been no change in the guidance provided to schools by the National Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) since the District's initial notification to parents on February 5. They outline common-sense steps that everyone should take to keep themselves safe and provided a link to information from the NYSDOH. The links located on the left-hand side of the page are updated on a regular basis.
The information provided in the updated FAQ explains how to protect your family, the risks posed by the Coronavirus (quite low for children), the steps the District will take to ensure the continuation of teaching and learning in the event of a school closure, and most importantly, how to speak with your children in age-appropriate language during these stressful and confusing times.
While the Coronavirus presents important health challenges, it also provides us an opportunity to teach our children how to support their community during a crisis. The children are always watching and looking to adults to determine how to manage during trying times like this. I have every confidence that our school community will shine in this challenging moment, and I know that our parents will once again exhibit the qualities that make our learning community so extraordinary. Every member of our school community is committed to an ethic of care and respect for one another. Now is the time we demonstrate that commitment by our choices and actions.
Finally, the health and welfare of your children and of your neighbors are inextricably linked. I urge you to act using common sense and to care for yourself and others to help keep everyone healthy and safe. In caring for your family, you are caring for your community. As always, the Board of Education and I are proud to lead a learning community that consistently demonstrates an ethic of care for one another - I have no doubt that we will demonstrate that ethic again.
Louis N. Wool, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools