As you may be aware, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that schools will stay closed, and remote learning will continue, through the end of the school year.
While this announcement does bring some small measure of closure to a question that has been weighing on many of our minds, it also opens up many new questions. Please know that we are working on plans about students’ transition to middle school, graduation, end-of-year grading, summer school and more. We will share more information with you as soon as we are able.
While school events, activities and after-school programs remain canceled during this time, please know that we will continue providing meals to families, and instruction to students, throughout the school year. We also continue to support parents who are essential workers in connecting to child care if needed. Essential workers in need of care can call (315) 223-7850, ext. 222, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Scholarships are available for families that qualify to help pay for care.
Meals are available to families every weekday from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at the East Herkimer Fire Department, Herkimer High School, Eastern Gardens, Creekside Courts, Herkimer Public Library and the VFW. Extra meals are provided Thursday and Friday to ensure that families have enough food to last over the weekend.
Access to the school
In compliance with the governor’s recent order, we encourage all who are able to do so safely to wear masks or other face coverings when visiting our meal pickup locations. Anyone entering our school buildings needs to have a face covering. The main offices of both school buildings will be staffed one hour later each day, open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, and our staff can also be reached via email. Any parents who need to register a student for universal prekindergarten or kindergarten for the 2020-21 school year are asked to contact the elementary school to schedule a time to complete the registration paperwork.
Our teachers remain in contact with students and their families to provide instructional materials, and will continue to do so in accordance with the district’s plan for continuing instruction. With the cancellation of state testing, including Regents exams, classwork is the only tool our teachers have to assess student learning and provide feedback, so we encourage all students to give their best effort in completing the work that teachers are providing.
We are here for you
Please know that we miss our students and we look forward to the day when we can welcome them back into our schools. We know how many challenges this pandemic has presented for everyone. Our guidance counselors and social workers are available to work with students and families who could use support during this time. We encourage you to take advantage of the resources and information shared on the district website, and to reach out to your child’s school if we can support your family.
We wish you and your families well during this difficult time. We will continue to provide you with information as we move forward, and we appreciate all that you are doing to help students continue their learning under these challenging circumstances.