Dear parents, guardians and adult students,
I know you have been in close contact with your student’s teachers and principals since the closure of school. I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your continued support and patience as we continue through many questions and issues. As you are likely aware, on March 27, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order extending the closure of schools through April 14, including days originally part of the previously scheduled spring break.
During this time,
We will continue to monitor all available guidance and directives and keep you informed of these changes. Please note the following updates on our programs.
WSWHE BOCES Counseling & Community Resources
I want to remind you that we have many people in our organization who can and want to help you. If you are in need, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Our counseling staff from across all of our divisions have created a website with a list of community resources, tips and tools to reduce stress and anxiety, as well as academic resources to assist you during this time. Please take a look here.
Remote Learning for Career and Technical Education, Early College Career Academy, and Exceptional Learners Division Students
All students have received class codes from their teachers for GoogleClassroom and have been working remotely over the last few weeks. Students are encouraged to log on daily and complete assigned tasks. If there are any questions, students should email their teacher(s). I am truly impressed by the creativity of our staff and their dedication to your students. They are using GoogleMeet, creating instructional videos, making phone calls, and even doing drive-by check-ins to keep in touch with your students.
Families with students in the Exceptional Learners Division have been receiving packets with written work. If you did not receive one, please contact your child’s principal.
Employment Training for Adults, Adult Literacy and Practical Nursing classes
All in-person adult classes have been suspended. Practical Nursing program clinical experiences are continuing. Depending on the program, our staff have been trying to find alternatives to finish current programs and testing to the extent possible. Please check with the respective program administrator for the latest program status.
We have launched a social media campaign in an effort to encourage our students to stay home and do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19. Please remember to share a photo of a friend or loved one who you’re staying home for, or just share a photo of what you’ve been up to and use #WhatImStayingHomeFor. We would love to see the positive things our students are doing.
Thank you for your patience during this challenging time. As always, please reach out if you have any questions.
James P. Dexter
District Superintendent of Schools