Update from Superintendent Gannon (April 9)

Dear Families,

We received clarification that Governor Cuomo’s closure announcement is through April 29. The earliest we would return to school is Thursday, April 30. We will continue to update you if this changes and as we learn more information.

Please read the following updates:

Course credit update

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has announced that students will be able to earn diploma credit for courses without taking regents exams. More information about the details of these requirements will be provided to affected students in the days ahead. More detail can be found in this Guidance Memo from NYSED, and in an FAQ document about graduation and the regents.

Food services, child care and instruction

While all events and activities remain canceled during this time, we will continue providing meals to families. Our teachers have been in contact with students and their families to provide instructional materials, and will continue to do so throughout this extended closure in accordance with the district’s plan for continuing instruction. 

Annual school budget vote and board elections postponed

According to the governor’s executive order, any school board, library board, or village election scheduled to take place in April or May of 2020 is hereby postponed until at least June 1, 2020, and subject to further directive as to the timing, location or manner of voting for such elections. We will continue to keep the community updated as we learn more.

Additionally, circulation, filing, and collection of any designating petitions, or independent nominating petitions for any office that would otherwise be circulated or filed pursuant to the Election Law, Education Law or any other consolidated law for any office commencing March 31, 2020 are hereby postponed. This includes petitions for Board of Education candidates.

Northern Rivers crisis line available

Northern Rivers is expanding its mobile crisis services. Telephone support for children, families and adults experiencing emotional and/or behavioral crisis and for professionals working with these individuals.

  • Assessment of current functioning, symptoms, and sources of stress contributing to crisis.
  • Assistance with connecting to ongoing services and supports.
  • Determination whether a mobile response is necessary and appropriate.

The service is available Monday–Friday from 8 a.m.–10 p.m. and Saturday–Sunday from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. For immediate crisis services, call (518) 292-5499.

We will continue to email families and post updates on our district website when they become available. Please reach out if you have any questions. I’m always proud to be a Spartan.

Thank you,

Kyle L. Gannon
Superintendent of Schools