August 7, 2020
Dear Washingtonville School Community:
Today, Aug. 7, Gov. Cuomo announced all New York State schools can reopen next month, based on his assessment of the required metrics to be in place to allow this to happen.
We are pleased to hear this news, as this allows us to continue to finalize our comprehensive work for our opening day. It’s important to again stress our instructional plan is a fluid one and how our plan continues throughout the school year depends on changing conditions. We encourage you to thoroughly review our plan, which is available for reading on our website, https://www.ws.k12.ny.us/.
We do not expect any issues from the Department of Health that would not keep us on track for our Sept. 8 Opening Day.
Our plans for virtual learning are also further progressing. Per the governor’s requirement, we will be separately posting this information and details on our COVID-19 and contact tracing protocols on our website no later than Aug. 14. Currently, this information is contained in the full plan.
Additionally, we have begun planning for parent/guardian forums to further discuss our plans and to answer any questions you may have. Please watch for dates on these sessions in the next few days.
In the meantime, earlier today, we posted a Q&A form on our website which invites you to submit your questions of interest/concern. We urge you to complete this form and return it to us at your earliest convenience. This information will be extremely helpful to us as we finalize forum dates and better know what topics you’d like us to give particular focus to during these meetings.
Separately, we have been having ongoing discussions with our staff throughout our reopening planning process, and will continue to do so as our first day of instruction nears. We will be finalizing additional all-staff meetings dates shortly.
Thank you for your continued ongoing patience and grace as we continue to move forward with reopening our schools. We are grateful for your supportive partnership.
Dr. Larry Washington
Superintendent of Schools