March 19, 2020: Letter from the Superintendent

March 19, 2020: Letter from the Superintendent
Posted on 03/19/2020

Update: Schedule Change - Food Distribution, Chromebook & Learning Packet Pickup

Due to the forecasted inclement weather, food distribution as well as Chromebook and learning packet pickups scheduled for Monday, March 23, have been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 24. Both High school and Middle School Chromebook pickup will be held on Tuesday, March 24. Chromebook pickup for the Elementary school will be held as scheduled on Wednesday, March 25. On Thursday, March 26, Chromebook pickup will be available for those unable to come on the previous days. For families with children in multiple buildings, those Chromebooks may be picked up at the same time.


Read the full letter from the superintendent   English (PDF) |    Español (PDF) 

Dear Parents and Guardians:

I want to ensure that all parents are aware of Governor Cuomo’s updated mandate for schools to remain closed through April 1, 2020. As a reminder, this situation is fluid and the return date is subject to change. We will continue to keep you updated as we receive further information from the State and county. Your support and patience while we navigate this new experience is appreciated. Our committed team of educators have been working hard to plan and prepare continuous learning activities for your child during the time which school is closed. These learning activities will provide your child a review of previously learned material. No new content is being presented at this time. While completion of these learning activities is not mandated, they provide an opportunity for continuity of education until school reopens. We encourage all students to take advantage of the learning activities to minimize the loss of momentum and academic progress. Our plan is as follows:

Through April 1, 2020:

The days that school is not in session from March 16, 2020 through April 1, 2020 are considered emergency closing days. As a result, Spring Break is no longer scheduled as originally planned. Historically, instruction is not provided to students during extended school breaks. However, given the unique circumstances the district is providing continuous learning activities to students. A link to these activities can be found on the District website at www.ecs.k12.ny.us. Please click on the Continuous Learning Opportunities for Parents and Students at the top of the District Home Page.

After April 1, 2020:

If school continues to be closed after April 1, 2020, continuous learning activities will be provided by teachers. Additional information regarding accessing these learning activities will be shared once available. We are in the process of preparing plans in the event that we do not open school on April 2nd. We will continue to provide that information as it becomes available.

Chromebooks to Access Online Materials: (*Requires Internet Access*)

Recently, a survey was sent via Facebook and email to determine the level of accessibility to the internet and personal computing devices. While the responses do not represent the entire school community, the results indicate that there are many students who need access to a Chromebook. If your child needs a Chromebook, pick up of devices is as follows:

Schedule for Chromebook Pickup

If you have questions/concerns regarding the schedule below, please contact the main office of your child’s school.

School Pick Up Date Pick Up Time Pick Up Location
High School Monday, March 23, 2020 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m Outside of the High School Main Lobby
Middle School Tuesday, March 24, 2020 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m Outside of the High School Main Lobby
Elementary School Wednesday, March 25, 2020 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m Outside of the High School Main Lobby

Enclosed is a copy of the Technology Loan Form (PDF) which must be completed in order for your child to receive a Chromebook. If your child is picking up their Chromebook on their own, or if another adult is picking up a Chromebook on your behalf, this form must be completed and sent with whomever is picking up the device.

Sincerely,

Lisa A. Wiles
Superintendent of Schools

If you do not have access to the Internet, contact the main office of your child’s school so that arrangements can be made to receive hard copies of the learning materials.

Main Office Telephone Numbers

Elementary School: 845 - 647 - 0123
Middle School: 845 - 647- 126
High School: 845 - 647 - 0131


Queridos Padres/Guardianes:

Quiero asegurar de que todos los padres conozcan el mandato del Gobernador Cuomo de que las escuelas permanezcan cerradas hasta el 1 de abril de 2020. Como recordatorio, esta situación es fluida y la fecha de regreso está sujeta a cambios. Continuaremos manteniéndolo actualizado a medida que obtenga más información del Estado y el Condado. Se agradece su apoyo y paciencia mientras navegamos por esta nueva experiencia. Nuestros educadores están trabajando arduamente para planificar y preparar actividades de aprendizaje durante el tiempo de cierre de la escuela. Estas actividades de aprendizaje le proporcionarán a su hijo una revisión del material previamente aprendido. No se presenta contenido nuevo en este momento. Estas actividades de aprendizaje brindan una oportunidad para la continuidad de la educación hasta que vuelvan a escuela. Apoyamos a todos los estudiantes a aprovechar las actividades de aprendizaje para minimizar la pérdida de impulso y el progreso académico. Nuestro plan es:

Antes del 1 de abril de 2020:

Los días que la escuela no está en sesión desde el 16 de marzo de 2020 hasta el 1 de abril de 2020 se consideran días de cierre de emergencia. Como resultado, las vacaciones de primavera ya no se programan como se planeó originalmente. Históricamente, la instrucción no se proporciona a los estudiantes durante las vacaciones escolares extendidas. Sin embargo, dadas las circunstancias únicas, el distrito está proporcionando actividades de aprendizaje a los estudiantes. Puede encontrar estas actividades en el sitio web del Distrito en www.ecs.k12.ny.us.

Después de 2 de abril de 2020:

Si la escuela sigue cerrada después de abril 2 de 2020, las actividades serán proporcionadas por los profesores. Le enviaremos información adicional sobre el acceso a estas actividades de aprendizaje la próxima semana.

Chromebooks para acceder materiales: (*Requiere acceso a Internet *)

Recientemente, fue distribuida una encuesta a través de Facebook y correo electrónico para determinar la accesibilidad al Internet y electrónicos en el hogar. Los resultados indican que hay muchos estudiantes que necesitan acceder a un Chromebook. Si su hijo necesita una Chromebook, el calendario para la recogida será:

Escuela Fecha Hora Lugar
Secundaria Lunes, 23 de marzo de 2020 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m Fuera del vestíbulo de la escuela secundaria
Mediana Martes, 24 de marzo de 2020 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m Fuera del vestíbulo de la escuela secundaria
Elementaría Miércoles 25 de marzo de 2020 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m Fuera del vestíbulo de la escuela secundaria

Si tiene preguntas / inquietudes con respecto al horario, comuníquese con la oficina principal de la escuela de su hijo.

Números telefónicos de las oficinas principales:

Escuela primaria: 845 - 647 - 0123
Escuela intermedia: 845 - 647- 126
Preparatoria: 845 - 647 - 0131

Se adjunta una copia del Formulario de préstamo de tecnología (PDF) para que su hijo reciba un Chromebook. Si su hijo o otro adulto viene a recoger el Chromebook por su cuenta, la persona debe enviar esta forma completada.

Si no tiene acceso al Internet, comuníquese con la oficina principal de la escuela de su hijo para que puedan recibir copias de los materiales de aprendizaje.

Sinceramente,

Lisa A. Wiles
Superintendent of Schools