As the COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve, we are receiving updates daily at the state and federal level. We recently received new information that the previously scheduled spring break will be eliminated, and that online instruction, meal deliveries, and coordination of child care resources will continue for the duration of the school closure, even if the district is scheduled to be on spring break during that time.
On Friday, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.11 which extended school closures until a return on 4/15. Prior to that date, the Governor will reevaluate the situation and either reopen schools, or extend the closure.
The executive order stated the following:
“The directive contained in Executive Order 202.4 related to the closure of schools statewide shall hereafter be modified to provide that all schools shall remain closed until April 15, 2020, at which time the continued closure shall be re-evaluated. No school shall be subject to a diminution in school aid due to failure to meet the 180 day in session requirement as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, provided their closure does not extend beyond the term set forth herein. School districts must continue plans for alternative instructional options, distribution and availability of meals, and child care, with an emphasis on serving children of essential workers, and continue to first use any vacation or snow days remaining.”
Furthermore, the Governor has declared that the annual school budget vote and board of education election will be postponed until at least June 1. Therefore, you will receive the budget notices and newsletters later according to this new timeline. More information regarding the Board of Education election process will be forthcoming.
I will continue to distribute updates as possible.