Coronavirus COVID-19 Update 3/17/20-We have been notified that a student at Acadia Middle School and a private school student that rides a Shenendehowa School bus both have a confirmed case of COVID-19. 

Written by on March 17, 2020

Coronavirus COVID-19 Update 3/17/20

We are writing to inform you that we have been notified that a student at Acadia Middle School and a private school student that rides a Shenendehowa School bus both have a confirmed case of COVID-19. 

We have been in contact with the Saratoga County Health Department and they will reach out to those individuals who have been in close contact to provide instructions about quarantine. So if you haven’t been contacted, they have told us that it’s because they have not identified you or your child as a close contact.

If you or a family member begin showing symptoms of a respiratory disease and suspect it may be COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. See the following CDC chart about when to contact your healthcare provider: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1P3VAdy4p-f8nVG2fc6T-fwt4lK3kyGNq/view. Before going to your healthcare provider’s office, inform them that a case of COVID-19 is suspected, and follow their advice.

Suspension of On-site Classes for Students

Effective March 18, 2020 ending April 1, 2020 

On Monday, March 16, 2020, the Governor signed an executive order directing all schools in New York State to close by Wednesday, March 18 for two weeks ending April 1. The state will reassess whether to extend the school closures further and continue to suspend the 180-day instructional requirement.

We are truly functioning in uncharted waters, and as we attempt to lead from the front, patience and the collective wisdom of all is required. 

The suspension of on-site classes for students is to avoid large gatherings and minimize personal contact. Buildings are not contaminated. The closures are a way to enforce social distancing, a crucially important public health intervention that can help mitigate coronavirus transmission, by avoiding crowds and large gatherings. Best practice requires maintaining at least a six-foot distance between yourself and others.

Academic leaders and teachers are developing plans for Virtual Educational Opportunities and Online Continuity of Instruction. Virtual Educational Opportunities applies largely to elementary grade levels, grades K-5. Elementary students will access posted instructional materials electronically. Online Continuity of Instruction applies to secondary courses. Grades 6-12 students will be accountable to log on and engage, complete assignments. Efforts shall be made to provide services stipulated in IEPs.  Where these services cannot be provided remotely, consideration will be given to compensatory services at a future date. Teachers and building principals will be communicating with parents and students to ensure a clear understanding of expectations.

The planning document linked below will be used to facilitate logistics for the coming week and beyond. This document is an evolving articulation of next steps, presented in a Q & A format.  Please take the time to read the entire document.

(https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FkSIj-jA8NbA-lRJGxGYfKbD-0-JdN1hhXcSxAWNu4s/view).

We are also sharing with you a video of a virtual meeting where Superintendent Dr. L. Oliver Robinson shared the plan and outlined the details to administrators, employee union leaders and the Board of Education (https://youtu.be/Egab1920tIo). Please take the time to listen to Dr. Robinson as he focuses on diligently leading in this time of ambiguity.

Please know that, as always, the education, health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority and we will remain vigilant in our efforts to continue the learning experience while helping to prevent the spread of this illness.