Superintendent Update #12 – April 10, 2020

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Superintendent Update #12 – April 10, 2020

April 10, 2020

April 10, 2020

Dear Members of the Warwick Valley CSD Community,

We continue to demonstrate that while this virus humbles us, we are far from helpless. We have talented local medical professionals dedicated to healing us. We have courageous men and women in uniform who are on the frontlines working to protect us. Our dedicated staff, parents, and volunteers continue to deliver food to hundreds of children in our meal service program. We are united and will overcome these difficult times. Together, we will persevere. 

 

Continuity of Learning 

I thank our incredible educators for their commitment to student learning and emotional well-being during this challenging time. I also want to convey much appreciation to our parents and caregivers for their additional involvement and support of student learning. We all recognize the extra burden placed on you, and our faculty is always seeking ways to reduce this challenge. 

Faculty and staff recognize that during these times, schedules for instruction need to be even more flexible for students and families. We are particularly mindful of health and wellness concerns, including the amount of screen-time that is developmentally appropriate for children.

We will continue to refine our distance learning plan. For example, you’ll notice the video lessons are much shorter in length, and less frequent than the typical lessons taught in school, and faculty will reduce the regular school workload. It may take our students an extended period to complete an assignment virtually. With that said, please remind your children that schoolwork is not optional. We ask that parents routinely check to see that students are completing assignments. 

This week, teachers provided students with the opportunity to complete classwork, and seek guidance about concepts taught. This approach seems to have been reassuring to students as they adjust to distance learning. 

Beginning Tuesday, April 14, we will resume with our distance learning plan, delivering new instruction. Our teachers will continue to use Google Classroom and Google Meet, for lesson delivery and office hours/conferring times. 

 

Regents Examinations Cancelled/Modifications to Diploma Requirements   

The New York State Education Department issued guidance canceling the June Regents Exams and explaining how this decision will affect students. Students who pass a course culminating in a Regents will not need to take the Regents for that course to graduate. This exemption includes students who passed the Regents course but failed the exam, as long as they intended to take the Regents in June. Here is a helpful FAQ from the New York State Education Department.

 

School Closure Update

Governor Cuomo extended the statewide closure of schools through April 29, 2020. The Governor will reassess the need for an extension before the expiration of this closure period. If he doesn’t extend the current closure, we will return on April 30, 2020. 

 

NY State of Health

As we work through these challenging times together, NY State of Health is committed to ensuring access to affordable, quality health insurance for all New Yorkers so they can get the care they need during this State of emergency. 

With the recent closure of businesses across the State, many New Yorkers are at risk of losing their health insurance coverage as a result of COVID-19. Many may be eligible for health coverage with financial assistance through the NY State of Health. The NY State of Health opened a Special Enrollment Period last month for uninsured people, and the Marketplace has started an awareness campaign to let people know that the NY State of Health is there as a safety net in difficult times like these. 

New Yorkers who are without health insurance should apply now through the NY State of Health. If you lost employer coverage, you must complete an application within 60 days of losing that coverage. Because of a loss of income, New Yorkers may also be eligible for Medicaid, the Essential Plan, Child Health Plus, or subsidized Qualified Health Plan coverage. 

Visit: www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov to learn more.  

If you have additional questions, you can contact the Marketplace directly at 518-486-9102 or NYSOH@health.ny.gov.

 

Have a Happy Passover and Easter!

 

With gratitude,

Dr. David Leach 

 

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