Reopening plan updates and information

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Wow, I can’t believe August is already here. I hope you all have been enjoying your summer. I have a lot of important information to share with you and want to remind you that you can find all of these updates, as well as past updates, on our website’s reopening page. 

Reopening plan 

On Friday, our reopening plan will be posted on our website for you to review. Additionally, portions of the plan were presented at the Board of Education workshop on Monday.  You can view the presentation here. 

Remote learning form due by Aug. 10

One element of the plan is parents have the option to choose the form of learning for their child(ren): in-person (in-school) based on the schedules presented Monday evening (K-6 every day; 7-12 hybrid model) or 100% remote learning from home. 

Yesterday, we shared a learning preference form with our families that is due back by Monday, Aug. 10 by 8 a.m. 

Virtual forum set for Aug. 6

I know our families may have questions regarding what our reopening entails. After you have time to review our plan, on Thursday, Aug. 6, from 6:30-7:45 p.m., we invite you to a virtual panel discussion to address FAQs regarding our reopening.

The evening will be moderated by QMS Principal Mike Brannigan. QES Principal Jessica Rossetti; WHBI Principal Gwynne Cosh; QHS Principal Damian Switzer; Warren County Public Health Services Director Ginelle Jones; QUFSD Medical Director Dr. Kyle Leonard; Director of Health and Physical Education and COVID-19 Safety Coordinator Rich Keys and Superintendent of Schools Kyle Gannon will be on the panel answering the community’s questions. The discussion will be livestreamed with a link to be sent out next week.

Alternative site transportation form due Aug. 7

New York state regulations related to COVID-19 have impacted how the school district provides transportation to multiple sites. For the 2020-21 school year, the pick up location and drop-off location must be the same location Monday through Friday. Please note, pick up and drop-off locations can be different, but need to be consistent (the same location each weekday). 

Please complete the alternate site transportation form with 2020-21 alternate site information, changes of address and telephone numbers for your child(ren) so that we may update our files to provide accurate information scheduling your child’s transportation needs. 

Alternate sites are any location other than your primary home address. Please complete this form no later than Aug. 7. If this form is not returned, we will schedule your child in and out from our most current home address on file. You will not need to complete this form if your child is being bused to the current home address in SchoolTool and/or if you previously stated on the [July 15] mandatory transportation form that you did not need transportation provided by the district. If you have any questions, please contact the Transportation Department at (518) 824-5660. 

#SpartanSAFE campaign

Lastly, as we continue to work towards reopening our schools in the fall, families who do plan on sending their children back to school, we’re asking you to partner with us to keep our students Spartan SAFE. Being “Spartan SAFE” is a district-wide parent partnership that means:

Screen: Screening your child for the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and taking your child(ren)’s temperature before sending them to school;

Apart: Always a safe distance — reminding students to keep 6 feet apart from others;

Face covering: Wear a face covering to and at school; 

Everyone washes their hands: Remembering to wash hands frequently.

Screening your children before school is an important requirement to keep our schools safe. Being Spartan SAFE should become a part of your daily routine that you can start to implement with your family today.

Parents, the safety of your child(ren) will always be our top priority. We are so excited to welcome students back into our schools and get back to learning! I have always been proud to be a Spartan and now let’s be Spartan SAFE! 

See you soon!

Sincerely,

Kyle L. Gannon
Superintendent of Schools