Sharon Springs CSD's Administrative Updates
Monday, May 17th: Day 6
Tuesday, May 18th: Day 1
Wednesday, May 19th: Day 2
Thursday, May 20th: Day 3
Friday, May 21st: Day 4
Reminder about Remote Learning:
Remote learning is an option for students who are on quarantine or sick.
Students who are high-risk and/or live with family members who are high-risk.
Remote learning should not be used sporadically because it's more convenient.
Remote learning adds an additional layer to access learning opportunities and thus requires a lot of self-discipline, family support, communication skills, technological knowledge (and infrastructure) and technological skill.
Students who are unsuccessful on remote learning will be asked to return to in-person instruction.
SSCS 2019 - 2020 Virtual Awards Ceremony
Anticipated Snow Day
In the event of a forecast extreme weather event (i.e., an imminent Nor'easter), SSCS will announce a “remote learning day” by 11am the day prior to the forecast storm. K - 5 students will receive a learning packet (remote learners will need to pick the packet up by 3pm), while students in 6 - 12 will follow their regular schedule to engage in learning while the building is shut down.
In the event of a snowstorm that we are not able to prepare for, SSCS will announce a traditional snow day the morning of the storm (where students will not be expected to engage remotely).
In following health and safety guidelines from the Department of Health, SSCS is closed at 3pm from all students. Therefore, if any student forgets materials in school then he/she will need to wait until the next day to get those materials. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping SSCS healthy and safe.
FAQ: What if my Child is sick?
According to regulations of the Department of Health, if a student is sick (whether that means getting sent home from school early or unable to attend because of symptoms observed by a parent/guardian), then the student must be evaluated by a doctor.
Prior to returning to school, the student must be diagnosed by the doctor with an illness other than COVID or a negative COVID test, and be symptom free for 24 hours. If the student requires a COVID test, then while waiting for the results of the COVID test the student must remain out of school. If the student is well enough to engage with remote instruction while being "isolated," then he/she should do so.
UPDATE: September 17th 2020
On Wednesday, 9/16 the Schoharie County Health Department informed Sharon Springs CSD, along with other Schoharie County Schools, that masks must continue to be worn in the classrooms for the duration of the class period. This means that teachers will no longer have the choice to allow students to take their masks off during instruction. Masks must be worn in all classes with short breaks, of 2-3 minutes in duration, given throughout the day. Additionally, masks with valves and gaiters are not acceptable face coverings. For clarification about masks, please use visit the following website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html
If you have further questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your cooperation and patience amidst these difficult and often confusing times.
Also, a quick reminder to complete the Parent Attestation each and every morning for your child. This form is sent to your email.
Lets Be SSCS Safe
In these uncertain times you and our students can be certain that we care and will continue to do all we can to provide the support and resources they need to continue to learn.
Despite the distance between us, we’re in this challenge together with you!
Reopening SSCS For the 2020 - 2021 School Year
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that districts in regions that are in Phase 4 of the statewide reopening process and where the daily infection rates are below 5 percent will be allowed to open for in-person instruction. The Governor will announce which regions meet those criteria the first week of August. More information is available on the Governor’s website.
The state Department of Education released a slideshow that offers a general “framework of guidance” for school re-openings. More information is available on the DOE website.
The state Department of Health issued specific instructions to districts regarding health screenings, social distancing, mask wearing and much more. The 23-page document can be found on the Department of Health website.
According to Governor Cuomo, he will announce school openings the first week of August.
After gathering substantial feedback from faculty and staff, students and parents, on July 31, SSCS submitted to the state a detailed reopening plan.
Here is a link to a summary of SSCS's reopening plan.
It is also important to note that SSCS will continue to work closely with our regional partners in the Capital Region BOCES in executing our reopening plans. Though specifics of reopening will vary from school to school, it’s clear that there will be common themes, including:
Each school will actually have three plans: a plan for a full reopening; a plan for a “hybrid model,” in which students are in school part-time and learning from home at other times; a plan in which buildings remain closed and students receive online instruction only. The rate of COVID-19 infection in our region will determine which plan will be implemented. It’s entirely possible that the district will use more than one plan at different times during the 2020-21 school year.
Although we believe it is important to have as many students receiving in-person instruction as possible, the health and safety of the community continues to be our top priority. At each step of this process, we will ask ourselves:
Is this safe?
Does this meet our students' academic and social-emotional needs?
If the answer is "no" to either of these questions, we will stop and begin a collaborative problem-solving process.
If SSCS is able to open for in-person instruction under a “hybrid model,” every effort will be made to have all students in grades K-5, as well as our highest-need students across all grade levels, in school five days a week. To accomplish this while meeting social-distancing regulations, elementary students may be divided into classes and then further subdivided into smaller groups that are together at all times, with limited contact with other groups. This will require significant logistical considerations to be made in the coming weeks.
Clearly, each model raises many questions that will need to be addressed before September. For now, though, we would like to share a few key questions from community members.
Q: Will my child need to wear a mask?
A: The state Department of Health guidelines mandate mask-wearing whenever social distancing cannot be maintained and in all common areas, including hallways, entrances and exits. In fact, the DOH highly recommends mask-wearing at all times. Students would be allowed to remove face-coverings during meals, when receiving instruction (if allowed by their teacher), and for short breaks, so long as social-distancing is in place, and students who are medically unable to tolerate a face-covering would be excluded from mask-wearing requirements. The district will continue to monitor state guidance for further clarity regarding mask-wearing.
Q: I’m not comfortable sending my child to school. Can my student receive instruction from the district online?
A: Yes, our teachers recognize that, for a number of reasons, some families may decide not to return their children to in-person schooling. As our discussions move forward, our innovative teachers are preparing alternate hybrid teaching methods (i.e., sharing the classroom experience via Zoom, while using online learning management systems to assign and collect work), for students who either cannot or chose not to attend school in person.