Dear Chatham Families,
(March 15, 2020) – Updated March 17, 2020 to reflect Governor Cuomo’s executive order canceling classes state wide through April 1
Out of an abundance of caution, Chatham Central School District is canceling all classes effective Monday, March 16 through April 1, 2020. All extracurricular activities are also suspended, and the Chatham Public Library will be closed. Although Chatham Central School District does not have any confirmed cases at this time, we are seeking to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and to ease public anxiety about schools being in session during this public health crisis.
We have made this decision after an emergency meeting of the school superintendents in Rensselaer, Columbia and Greene counties with the county health departments and Questar III BOCES. During this meeting, the superintendents collectively decided to cancel all classes in the region effective Wednesday March 18 through March 27. Chatham is taking the additional step of canceling classes this Monday and Tuesday to allow our faculty time to prepare instructional materials and resources for students in the event of a longer-term closing.
Our school district is committed to providing educational resources for our students during this time. On Monday the District will be finalizing plans on how to disseminate materials including digital devices, instruments, and other items. This will include how families will be able to pick up any personal items left in the schools. Detailed information will be forthcoming in another communication. We kindly ask that all parents, students, and visitors DO NOT come to any school building on Monday, March 16, 2020.
We understand that this is an inconvenience for our families, but our primary concern is the health and safety of our students, staff, and community. Our school district will continue to monitor guidance from local, state and federal agencies to reassess and reevaluate whether we may need to extend our closing should circumstances require us to.
We will also continue to provide meals to students who participate in the Free and Reduced Lunch program. Pick-up or delivery logistics will be shared directly with participating families.
Thank you for your patience and support as we work together through this unprecedented situation. Looking ahead, we anticipate that there will be many questions. We will continue to follow guidance from our health and education departments and will provide additional information as soon as possible. Please continue to follow the CDC’s recommendations – including thorough hand washing, social distancing, and avoiding large groups and those who are ill – to stay safe and healthy.