GCSD Update on COVID-19: April 17, 2020

A message from Superintendent Dr. Marie Wiles:

Dear Guilderland Families:

By now you know that the Governor extended the school closure through May 15, 2020. While his decision may not have been unexpected, it was difficult to hear. We miss being with your children each and every day. We also know that balancing your many responsibilities at home while we are closed is difficult at best.

During this time of extended closure, I want to offer you a message of hope. We will get to the other side of this pandemic, and while I don’t know exactly when that will be or what it will look like when we get there, I do believe that this experience is and will be the source of innovation and creativity. I have already seen many examples of new and inventive ways that teachers are drawing students into their lessons, even though they are far apart. I am certain that we have just seen the beginning of what is possible. Necessity truly is the mother of invention.

In the meantime, I encourage you to keep your focus on what is most essential: the health and safety of your family, the emotional well-being of your children, and a willingness to try your best to keep your children engaged in their learning. We can’t ask for anything else.

Please know that our faculty and staff are here for you. Do not hesitate to reach out to your children’s teachers, counselors, principals, or me with your worries or concerns. To help you quickly find the materials and resources your children need to stay engaged in their learning, don’t forget to visit the GCSD Home Learning website.

I also want to remind you that we will continue to provide meals to children and assist with information about childcare for parents and guardians who are considered essential workers.

Thank you for continued patience and understanding during this unprecedented time for our community. We appreciate your efforts to help us stay connected with your children; nothing matters more to us.

Sincerely,

Dr. Marie Wiles
Superintendent

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