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Update May 8: Teaching and learning continue

Filed in Archive by on May 8, 2020

A letter to K-12 families from Superintendent Jody Monroe:

Dear BC Family:

This has been a particularly difficult week for students and staff as the reality sinks in that we won’t be seeing one another in our schools this year. We have begun the process of emptying our buildings, allowing teachers limited access to the buildings to retrieve items and assigning many of our staff to gather student belongings to deliver to homes over the next few weeks. More information on the delivery schedule will be provided by your building principals, with reminders being sent out beginning next week.

If you were to look at our website you would see the phrase “schools are closed” all over. It’s the most effective way to convey the message to stay home, stay safe. But the reality is that while most of our buildings have gone dark, school is anything but closed. Meals are being prepared and delivered, our network servers are in overdrive, buildings are being cared for on a daily basis and construction on some wonderful improvement projects continues across the district.

Quality teaching and learning continue in a time of crisis

Most importantly, teachers and students are continuing to do what they do best, in the worst of circumstances. Teaching and learning have not stopped; school is still in full swing. The outpouring of support for our teachers (and school nurses and for support staff) has flooded our Teacher Appreciation Week inbox (we will be extending our Facebook teacher appreciation posts well beyond today) and I continue to get emails daily regarding the quality of instruction being delivered. Your support in these home classrooms is deeply appreciated.

All of this hard work is still being recognized outside the district too. Glenmont Elementary School and the high school were recently named to New York state’s list of “Recognition Schools” for their academic achievements. The high school was ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report among the nation’s top high schools and by the publication as the number one high school in the Capital Region. 

Promoting long-term student wellness 

Also this week, the hard work of our School Start Time Committee paid off when the Board of Education agreed to shift the start time at the high school from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. beginning with the 2020-21 school year. While details of how the reopening of schools might look for the fall, this is a long-awaited shift that is intended to boost the physical and mental well-being of our students well into the future.

School budget vote and board elections are June 9

When the Governor announced last Friday that school buildings would remain closed, he also issued an executive order that officially sets the date for our Annual School Budget Vote and Board of Education election as June 9. There will be no in-person voting. All voting will be done by absentee ballot only.

After several days of reviewing the order and consulting with experts, we have a detailed plan for complying with the order and making sure all qualifying voters have the opportunity to cast their ballots this year, despite the ongoing COVID public health emergency. All voting information can be found here and more details will be shared early next week.

As we head into Mother’s Day weekend, please accept my gratitude on behalf of BC for your partnership, support and love for your school community.

Sincerely,

Jody Monroe

Superintendent of Schools