Superintendent’s Letter: Preliminary information regarding the start of the school year

The following message was sent to GCSD families:

Dear GCSD Families:

As we near the halfway point of summer, many of you may be wondering what the new school year will look like. If you are like families across the region, I’m sure you have some questions. 

At Guilderland Central School District we are planning for a full return to school in September; however, at this time, we are awaiting guidance from the New York State Department of Health and the Albany County Department of Health regarding protocols we must follow. Among the areas for which we need guidance are protocols for mask wearing, social distancing in classrooms, cafeterias and on school buses. This information is critical to our planning for a learning environment that keeps our students and staff safe and healthy. Once we receive this guidance we will be able to formulate a detailed, realistic plan that we will share with you. We are hopeful the guidance is released soon.

I can share that the Guilderland Central School District is planning to participate in the remote instructional model being coordinated through Capital Region BOCES. More detail about this model will be available soon, but the intent is to provide a fully remote, full year K-12 program for those families who may wish to consider that option for medical reasons. This model will provide instruction that will align to the New York State Learning Standards and will be offered to students from multiple school districts taught by New York State certified, highly-qualified teachers with experience teaching in a remote environment.

In the coming days and weeks, you’ll receive information that’s specific to your students’ individual building as well as updates from me regarding the new school year.  In addition, the district will soon be seeking information from families regarding their plans for transportation and the need to take advantage of the fully-remote option for medical reasons for school in September. 

Thank you for your patience as we get closer to welcoming your children back to learning. 

Sincerely,

Marie Wiles, Ph.D.
Superintendent

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