May 27 update from Superintendent Gannon
I hope you had a wonderful long weekend with your families. With June around the corner, I have a few end-of-year updates to share with you.
Remote learning to continue through June 19
The last day of school for QUFSD students will be Friday, June 19. By June 19, QUFSD will have met the state requirement of providing 180 days of instruction for the year.
Teachers and building leaders are preparing to communicate with parents regarding additional information related to formal end of the school year events.
Current executive orders issued by Gov. Cuomo prohibit the district from offering in-person summer learning opportunities this year. District leaders will continue to follow executive orders and state guidance regarding school operations and share more information when it becomes available.
Meal distribution to continue throughout summer
Throughout the summer, we will continue to offer meals to our students in need. Full information will be posted to our website.
Retrieval of school belongings
Communication will be forthcoming from your child’s building principal about returning items (Chromebooks, textbooks, library books, etc.) to the school at the end of the year.
The district is working closely with local health agencies to continue to assess options for a graduation ceremony. When a plan is finalized, it will be shared with the community. It is our hope that an in-person ceremony is allowable, but we have made contingency plans for a virtual ceremony in the event we cannot have a gathering of people. Under the governor’s guidance, we are currently not allowed to have gatherings of more than 10 people.
Annual school budget vote and board election to be held June 9 by absentee ballot
A reminder that this year’s school budget vote and board of education election will take place on June 9, exclusively by absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.
On Tuesday, May 26, the district held its remote budget hearing. A budget newsletter will be mailed to all district residents and an absentee ballot will be mailed to all registered voters. Please note, all signed ballots need to be received by mail before 5 p.m. on June 9.
Reopening Task Force
Per Gov. Cuomo, school districts must develop plans for reopening. We have already organized a Reopening Task Force made up of administrators and department heads to begin discussing what guidelines and regulations will need to be met to safely reopen school for the 2020-21 school year. This includes how to properly adhere to social distancing guidelines, proper disinfecting and cleaning protocols, etc. Over the summer, faculty and staff will be joining the Task Force for input. More information will be available at a later date.
Parents, please join me in encouraging your child to finish out remote learning strong. It has certainly been a challenging ending to our school year, but I continue to be so proud to be a Spartan.
I hope over these past 10 weeks, you and your families have found ways to embrace the change to our former routines, like fewer hectic mornings and more morning walks, and fewer evening commitments and more family dinners.
Kyle L. Gannon
Superintendent of Schools