EMS Distance/Remote Learning Plan

Ellenville Middle School: Distance/Remote Learning Plan
Posted on 08/26/2020
Ellenville Middle School: Distance/Remote Learning Plan

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Dear Middle School Families,

Usually this letter welcoming everyone back is more of a formality signaling the beginning of a new school year for everyone. However, the 2020-21 school year will be far from what we would ordinarily expect from a school year. To begin, in September, all students will attend school remotely through October 5, 2020. While not the preferred experience for students in middle school, the District has made safety a priority and the delay of in person learning gives the District more time to adhere to the newer guidelines provided by the State of New York.

While all of you reading this are likely to remember the distance/remote learning that occurred last school year when COVID-19 hit, we are confident that this year’s distance/remote learning experience will be different. None of us in the middle school believe that remote instruction is the best way for middle school students to engage in their educational experiences. However, given the hand that we are dealt with circumstances beyond our control, we will do the best we can to get students back in the building as safely as possible.

This year will be filled with ups and downs much like any “normal” school year and Ellenville Middle School is committed to assisting students and families wherever possible. Therefore, please do not hesitate to reach out to your teachers, counselor or administrators if you have any questions or need help. Please feel free to contact me via email at MSPrincipal@ecs.k12.ny.us at any time day or night and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Important information to remember:

  •   All students in grades K-12 will be on distance/remote learning from 9/8/20 - 10/5/20.

  •   Grade 6 will be following the elementary school time schedule until we begin to phase grades 7 or 8 back into the building.

  •   The middle school has put together an “EMS Distance/Remote Learning Plan: A Guide for Families.” If you have any questions regarding this plan, please contact the main office.

  •   Please return all mandated school forms (which will be mailed at a later date) as soon as possible via mail or you may sign, scan (snap a photo if you do not have a scanner) and return the form via email to: Jody Diehl jdiehl@ecs.k12.ny.us

  •   This situation is new to all of us, so please try to remember that there are bound to be issues that arise and we will work together to overcome them.

  •   If you need an in person meeting, PLEASE call (845-647-0126) ahead to schedule one. Walk in appointments will not be as easy to accommodate due to COVID-19 protocols.

Wishing you all the best,

Mr. Andre Spinelli