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Community Update April 16, 2020

Community Update

April 16, 2020



Larries Community,


Governor Andrew Cuomo has extended the school closing through May 15th as part of the NY Pause program. During this extended closure, our school will continue to provide remote learning instruction, weekly meals, and day care resources for first responders. 


It’s important that we pull together as a school community to help and support each other. Please remember that we are here for you. Whether working from home, working from home while attempting to support your own child’s remote learning, or not working and trying to support your family, this is a stressful situation. This is all compounded with the worry of illness.


If you need help, please reach out to us and we will do whatever we can to support you. From the beginning of this emergency out focus has been upon three things in order:


Health

Please continue to follow recommendations from the Department of Health. Continue to practice social distancing. Remember, you don’t have to feel sick to be carrying the virus.


Food Distribution

We will continue to distribute meals on Tuesdays until this emergency is over. Distribution sites remain the same:

Tuesdays - 9:00am - 10:00am

 

Brasher Town Hall - 11 Factory Street, Brasher Falls

Lawrence Town Hall -11405 US Highway 11, Lawrenceville

Stockholm Town Hall - 540 State Highway 11C, Winthrop

Buckton Town Hall - 696 Buckton Road, Winthrop

Highway Department in Helena - 1900 County Route 53, Brasher Falls

 

If it is impossible for you to get to one of the distribution sites, please contact the school at 315-389-5131 or jward@bfcsd.org 


Please let us know if you are under quarantine.


Instruction


Simply put, it’s important for our kids to keep learning. But the expectation that students will be able to continue with the normal curriculum in this very un-normal situation is unrealistic. Our teachers are working hard to engage students in learning through remote instructional techniques that we ourselves are learning.


 You will find that assignments will be fewer but hopefully more engaging. Completion timelines more flexible and evaluation more forgiving. We are looking at effort to complete an assignment or project more than full completion. Especially when there may not be access to all the desired learning tools. Household duties and stress of the situation demand this flexibility.


 But what we really need from our students is to communicate with our teachers and give it their best try!!


Without the ELA & Math assessments and with the cancelation of the Regents examinations, our grading has a lot more flexibility. Student’s effort will play a big role!


If you continue to have difficulty with internet, use the following locations to access free wifi:


  •  Middle School Parking Lot - open access
  •  Tri-Town Arena Parking Lot - pull up as close to bldg as possible
  •  High Peaks Winery Parking Lot - pull up as close to bldg as possible
  •  Township 7 Parking Lot - pull up as close to bldg as possible
  •  Life in His Arms Church - use Guest connection - no password needed
  • Hopkinton Town Library Parking Lot 

 

If you are having trouble with your chromebook or are still in need of one, call the school at 315-389-5131. If your child is having difficulty with assignments or remote learning, please reach out to the teacher or principal. All email addresses can be found on our staff directory.

 

Please stay safe!

 

Bob Stewart

Superintendent