We continue to make the best of the extraordinary situation we find ourselves in. None of us have ever experienced anything like this, and we are all inventing solutions as we go. I hope that you and your family are healthy and safe, and that the school district is supporting you in ways you find helpful – food, school work, contacts with teachers, and emotional support if you need it. Let us know what else we can do.
As I’ve reported to you last week, the Governor closed schools through Tuesday, March 31. This morning he extended the mandatory closing through April 14; it is not clear if this will effect our spring break. I will let you know as soon as we get clarification from the State Education Department and our attorneys. Meanwhile, let me share my tentative plan based on what we know today:
- Friday, March 27– instructional day
- Monday, March 30 – Friday, April 3 – instructional days
- Monday, April 6 – Friday, April 10 – Spring Break*
- Monday, April 13 – resume instruction, either remotely or students return to school
* It is not clear whether the new governor’s order will effect our spring break. I will let you know as soon as I have some clarity.
In other news, the State Education Department has announced that we will not be administering the Grades 3-8 math and ELA exams and the NYSESLAT this spring. It is still unknown what they will decide for the Regents exams in June. Also, the College Board announced that all Advanced Placement exams will be done online; we do not know yet how our other college partners will handle the CIC courses.
To support you as much as we can, we are planning on continuing to deliver breakfasts and lunches to you during the spring break. The schedule for deliveries next week and vacation week will be the same as this past week – Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, with a double portion delivered on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I will send a robocall to remind you over the weekends.
I hope that you have been able to coax your children into doing the work assigned by teachers, and that their teachers have been in touch with them and you either by phone or digitally. We continue to plan for loaning your child a device if s/he does not have one and if we will be closed after spring break. We will have more information for you about this early next week.
We are also concerned about the concerns and fears you and your children may be experiencing, or just the “cabin fever’’ of being in close quarters for this extended period of time as we shelter in place. I want to remind you that our school counselors are available to provide social/emotional support and connections to resources if you need help. Direct links to them can be found at https://www.monticelloschools.net/enrichment-review-information-during-the-school-closure/ .
Please continue to check our website frequently for the most up-to-date information.
Again, as always, I thank you for your patience and support.