Coronavirus COVID-19 Update 3/16/20 – Governor Cuomo’s announcement on NYS schools. More info…

Written by on March 16, 2020

Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo, stated in a press conference that  he will be declaring that all schools in New York State will suspend classes from Wednesday, March 18 – April 1. However, the details of that declaration have yet to be provided to the district. Once received, we will carefully review the stipulations to assess how to effectively meet the educational needs of students. We will inform employees,  parents and the public of the specifics and the impact on Shenendehowa before the close of day on Tuesday, March 17.

Specifically, we are working with staff and a number of outside agencies and companies to firm up plans and get information on the following:

  • Working with district staff to provide continuity of learning through online educational opportunities beginning next week and extending until the return of in-person schooling.  
  • Designing all online instruction and assessment to align with the skill level of age groups and abilities, including students with disabilities and English Language Learners, to the greatest extent possible.
  • Waiting for information from NYSED on a waiver of Gr. 3-8 testing for this year.
  • Working with the College Board for solutions to the Advanced Placement testing.
  • Waiting for information from NYSED on the broadcasting of content for Regents courses via PBS as an enhancement to resources provided by Shenendehowa teachers.
  • Reviewing logistics related to the waiving of the seat time and lab requirements for students to be eligible to take the Regents exams.
  • Looking for information from NYSED with regard to flexibility in Individual Educational Plans (IEP) for services that cannot be done remotely (i.e., providing compensatory services in the future)

This situation is unprecedented and changes are happening each hour, each day. We will provide you with more information as soon as we can. Please monitor email as well as the district’s website  and social media feeds.