Schools closed for classes
As of a March 27 order from the governor, all schools in New York state are closed until April 15. Please know that there are still many questions that remain unanswered, including how this interruption will affect the end of the school year, graduation, Regents and more. We are continuing to monitor guidance from the state to seek answers to these questions and more.
In the meantime, below are some questions and answers about the district’s current status.
Breakfast & lunch available
Students and their families can pick up bagged meals from 11 to 11:30 a.m. weekdays during the school closure. Meals can be picked up from the East Herkimer Fire Department and the front entrance of Herkimer High School. In addition, buses will distribute food at the following locations:
- Eastern Gardens
- Creekside Courts
- Herkimer Public Library on Main Street
- VFW on Mohawk Street.
There is no charge to families for this service.
Any family who is need of a meal, but cannot access one of these sites, is asked to contact the main office at (315) 866-2230.
Students and their families may come to school to pick up belongings between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. weekdays. Staffing in the school buildings is limited to essential personnel. If you need to access the building at a different time of day, please call your child’s school.
An administrator will escort students and/or parents to and from lockers/cubbies so that belongings can be collected. The school nurses will be in contact with families to make arrangements to pick up students’ medications. Anyone who is sick is asked to refrain from entering the school building.
Teachers have been reaching out to their students by phone, email and digital platforms such as Google Classroom, depending on grade level. If a student’s teacher has not made contact, please call the school to let us know.
Students in Grades 9-12 are reminded to check their Herkimer CSD email account periodically for updates from the school. Any student who does not have their email login information can call the school between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. weekdays for assistance.
The College Board, which administers Advanced Placement (AP) exams nationwide, has announced that it will conduct online exams for the 2019-20 school year.
The AP tests will be administered as 45-minute online free-response exams at home. Students will be able to take the streamlined exams on any device they have access to. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option.
Students and teachers can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country.
State testing (Grades 3-8)
Elementary- and intermediate-level state assessments for Grades 3-8 have been suspended for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.
The state has not issued any guidance on end-of-June Regents exams.
Our teachers have been working to reach out to their students. Depending on your student’s grade level, they may receive material sent home by mail, or your student’s teacher may communicate electronically. This is an ongoing effort as the district develops plans for supplementary learning during the closure.
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association and Section III athletics officials are working to determine how the countywide school closures will impact the spring sports schedules. We will share this information with students and parents when it is available.
District and school events
District and school officials are also working on plans to reschedule events and programs, such as kindergarten and UPK registration, that were to have taken place during the closure period. In the meantime, parents with completed registration paperwork can return those documents to the school by mail or fax if they are able. If parents are unable to return the registration paperwork, they can keep those documents until further notice.
Spectrum will offer free high-speed internet service and Wi-Fi for 60 days to households with students. Families can call (844) 488-8395 to enroll. Installation fees will be waived for new student households, the company said. Spectrum said regular pricing will take effect at the end of the 60-day period if a customer doesn’t cancel or change the service.
Chromebook laptop computers are available for students in Grades 6-12 to borrow during the closure period. Any student who needs a device can contact the school to get a Chromebook.
The most current and accurate information about the coronavirus can be found at www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus.
Additional information is available from the Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Both of these websites are being updated regularly as new information develops.
The following resources may help students and their families’ social and emotional health during this stressful time: