Dear parents, guardians and adult students,
I hope this note finds you well. As you now likely know, on May 1, Governor Cuomo announced that all K-12 schools in the state will remain closed for the rest of the school year. However, we will continue to instruct and support our students through this time. Governor Cuomo will announce a decision on summer school by the end of the month.
I appreciate everyone’s patience and flexibility. I wanted to provide the following updates on our programs:
Remote Learning for Career and Technical Education, Early College Career Academy, and Exceptional Learners Division Students: Our students continue to engage in remote learning with their instructors using Google Classroom and Google Meet. The projects, activities and work that is being accomplished is amazing. For our students in the Exceptional Learners Division, remote learning through Google Classroom and Google Meets is occurring as well as counseling sessions, and other related services such as OT, PT and Speech. Many students and families have had home visits from a distance from their teachers, counselors, TA’s, Aides, therapists and principals. We miss all of our students.
Employment Training for Adults (ETA), Adult Literacy and Practical Nursing classes: Instruction for ETA and Adult Literacy classes have gone remote where possible. Some new online offerings have also been made. Our Practical Nursing program is continuing their instruction using Google Classroom and GoogleMeet. Clinical experiences are being completed using online simulator programs. Students are working towards completing the required coursework for licensing.
Grading: Our principals and administrators will be sending out information in the near future about how 4th quarter grades and final year grades will be determined.
Completion Ceremonies: We are working on a plan to honor the accomplishments of those students who are completing their studies this year. We will be in touch on that point shortly.
Regional Child Care Center for Children of Essential Workers: WSWHE BOCES continues to provide child care for essential workers. If you are an essential worker and need assistance, please visit our website for additional information.
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.
We will continue to keep you updated as we move forward. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
James P. Dexter
District Superintendent of Schools