July 31, 2020: Letter from the Superintendent

Letter from the Superintendent: Reopening Plan Summary
Posted on 07/31/2020
Letter from the Superintendent

Read the full letter from the Superintendent:    July 31, 2020: Reopening Plan Summary

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff:

There are no easy solutions or answers during this pandemic, especially when it comes to our children’s education. We know that the best plan for our students is to have them return to school on a regular schedule, however, at this time, that is not possible. We understand the importance of consistency for our students, and wish we could tell you that our plans would remain unchanged. The reality is that as circumstances change, our plans will need to be modified. We must all be as flexible as possible and do the best we can with what we have and what we are facing.

Over the last few weeks, we have been working on developing our reopening plan for the 2020-21 school year, which is based on the guidance from the New York State Education Department (NYSED), the New York State Department of Health, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Input and feedback from our staff, parents, community members and students was an important part of the development of the plan. Please remember that the final decision as to whether school reopens this fall remains with the Governor.

The District has adopted the following guiding principles as we prepare for the start of school:

  1. The health, safety, and well-being of students and staff will be our top priority, and will come first in every decision and every action taken by the Ellenville Central School District.
  2. Educational equity remains at the forefront of thinking and decision-making.
  3. We are committed to regular and frequent communication with our community and staff to ensure that all stakeholders stay informed with the details of our plan and any unexpected or needed changes. We will distribute all information through a variety of means as referenced in the plan.

Enclosed there is a summary of various components of our plan. The full plan can be found on our website at http://www.ecs.k12.ny.us/news/2020reopeninginformation.

Please note that at this time there will be no after-school activities. We will provide you with any update as needed.

Our students, staff and community have persevered through so much over the last few months. While there are many challenges ahead, we remain ELLENVILLE STRONG and will get through this together. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Lisa A. Wiles
Superintendent of Schools