Coronavirus COVID-19 Update 4/1/20 – Spring Break Guidance

Written by on April 1, 2020

Coronavirus COVID-19 Update – 4/1/20

We understand there has been uncertainty among many parents and staff members as to whether students and employees will be required to learn and work through the scheduled spring vacation. The absolute answer from the governor’s office is “YES.” Shenendehowa’s spring recess was scheduled to begin Friday, April 10, and go through Friday, April 17. These days will now be days of  remote/online instruction/eLearning.

Executive Order 202.11, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued on March 27 directed schools to remain closed for an additional two weeks – until April 15 – due to the coronavirus epidemic.

The order stated that no school district would lose state aid for providing fewer than the required 180 days of instruction as long as (1) it provided continuity of instruction, meal service and childcare called for by prior executive orders, and (2) it used any available snow days or vacation days.

The NYS Education Department has since issued a memo of clarification that directs school districts to continue to provide remote instruction, meals to students  and childcare for essential workers every weekday through April 14 to receive waivers from the 180-day instructional requirement – even if they had been scheduled to be on spring break during that time.

We understand that this may cause some consternation or even upset feelings. However, please remember that these are truly unprecedented times we are living in. The efforts of faculty, staff, and administrators has been remarkable. The support of parents and the willingness of students to engage in learning has been unbelievable. 

We sincerely appreciate your continued patience and support as we continue to provide a high-quality school experience through this ever-changing situation. As we receive more information on the status of the suspension of onsite classes for students, we will be sure to keep you informed.