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Update Apr. 16: Schools to remain closed through May 15

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on April 16, 2020

text: Covid-19 UpdatesA message for families from Superintendent Jody Monroe:

Dear BC family,

As you may be aware, today Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended the school closure by executive order through May 15. This decision was not unexpected and the school district is prepared to continue delivering online instruction and providing other vital services for students. 

Until there is a subsequent announcement, but at least through May 15, the following will be in effect:

Families of students in grades K-5 will continue to use the K-5 Learning from Home website for weekly assignments. Instruction for BCMS students is being coordinated by team teachers and individual course instructors are providing remote instruction to students at the high school.

Despite the uncertainty of when and how schools will be reopened, we remain fully focused on the district’s mission. This requires looking ahead to ensure our students have every opportunity to reach their potential. Tomorrow, April 17, middle school and high school students and families will be receiving detailed information on how course credit will be determined in 2019-20. This important information is intended to reduce anxiety and help 6-12 students and families navigate what has always been an important time in the school year.

While the situation we find ourselves in is far from ideal, we continue to be lifted by the efforts of our faculty and staff and by the ability of our students and parents to adapt, participate, learn and contribute to the school community in a time of crisis. I truly appreciate your role in making this happen.

Beginning Friday, April 17, we are hoping to share this BC spirit with the community at large. Our schools are asking all BC residents to join in a nightly gesture of unity and hope by placing an electric or battery-operated candle in a window. For those who do not have one, a picture or drawing of a candle would be just as welcome. You can read more about the BC Unites effort here.

Just as you have been doing for the last several weeks, please keep the faith. We are a strong community and we are always stronger together, even while we’re apart.

Thank you, as always, for your continued support of our BC community!


Jody Monroe