Community Update

March 30, 2020

March 30, 2020

Dear KSS Families,

I hope that you are all safe and healthy.

The governor has extended school closures in NY for another two weeks, through April 14.  However, there is a strong possibility schools will be closed beyond that time with the president’s announcement yesterday (March 29) that social distancing guidelines should remain in place until at least April 30.  Once official closures are made, you will be notified by the district.  You can access the latest information on school closures and school related COVID-19 guidance at the district website here.  Also, please know that New York State Education Department has suspended all standardized testing for the remainder of the school year.

In an effort to provide access to online learning for all students, the district is initiating a Chromebook loan program, at no cost to families.  The Chromebooks are presently being prepared for distribution.  The high school and middle school will begin distribution later this week.  Elementary schools will initiate Chromebook loans the week of April 6.  Distribution will take place by grade to avoid large gatherings.  Parents will need to be present to obtain a device and will be expected to sign a loan agreement. You will be notified of exact dates and times in the coming days.  As a reminder, work packets are also available for all students without online learning access at King Street School, Monday though Friday, from 11am to 1pm. 

Today I invited all students to join a special classroom dedicated to promoting school spirit. Our hope is that this can be a place where students get excited about virtual learning and celebrate together.  I also posted a virtual reality tour so students can explore the new gym and classrooms.  You can take a sneak peek at the new construction for yourself here.

I recognize that this is an unusually difficult time for families.  We are all facing emotional, professional and physical challenges, while trying to find a balance between our work (whether we are an essential worker or working from home) and managing our families. In the midst of all this, we also have to keep everyone around us healthy and safe. Please continue to talk with your children about the importance of social distancing.  By working together to stay apart, we can overcome these difficult times more efficiently. I do believe that our community will emerge stronger and more united.

Stay well,

Samuel Ortiz, Principal