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A Message from the Superintendent - Remote Learning Jan 11-15, 2021

Dear BSCSD Parents and Caregivers:  

As promised in our January 5 Updates, I wanted to update you on our January 11 status. Despite our best collective efforts to get back to our regular hybrid model, based on the increasing number of positive cases and mandatory quarantine requiring substantially more tracing and our decreasing ability to provide consistent staffing in all areas, I regret to announce that we will be moving to a fully remote learning model for all grades on January 11 – January 15, 2021

There are a few exceptions to this in the following areas:

  1. PTech – Our senior PTech students will still attend their Clean Tech ECHS program at the HVCC Malta Campus.
  2. BOCES CTE – Students will still attend their program and will be on a Friday transportation schedule.
  3. Out-of-District Placements – Students will continue to be transported. 

For elementary students, principals will be communicating with parents shortly regarding materials pick up early next week. 

I fully understand the challenges that this model presents to families, particularly those who struggle to find child care, but in the current environment I simply cannot see how we can maintain the health and safety of students and staff while providing consistency of instruction that we need. 

Food Pickup will be available - Breakfast and Lunch meals are available to any student during the Remote Learning week (Jan 11-15)
     When: Food pickup will be available on 1/11 and 1/13 from 1:15 – 2:15 pm.
     Where: The pickup location will remain Gordon Creek Elementary School for all families.
     What: The district will be providing lunch meals and breakfast meals for any student. 

A continued reminder to parents and caregivers to utilize our mailbox to report cases and quarantining to us. 

I will update you by or before Friday, January 15 regarding our plans for reopening on Tuesday, January 19 (the district is closed on Monday, January 18 for the Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day). 

Finally, please continue to stay vigilant in mask wearing, social distancing, avoiding large crowds, completing all portions of the Pinpoint Health screener each day even when remote including temperature checks, and practicing hand and mouth hygiene as these are the critical steps that will keep us all healthy thereby allowing our schools to open on January 19. 

Thanks very much.

Ken Slentz
Superintendent of Schools