(March 27, 2020)
Dear Chatham Central School District Families,
Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo extended the school closure for all New York schools until April 15 in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The Governor and his administration have indicated they will continue to assess whether the statewide closing should be extended further.
As I am sure you are aware, April 15 falls in the middle of our spring recess. We, along with many other school districts facing the same situation, are seeking clarification from the state as to how this may affect the break and when we return to school. We expect to have an answer for you early next week.
In addition, our District has decided to cancel all field trips through May 20. We may need to cancel field trips past this date if circumstances require, but for now we are keeping them on the schedule.
We will continue to engage students in learning from home for the duration of the school closure and will provide you with an update early next week.
I understand that this school closure poses challenges for our families. It is my hope that the extended closure will help keep our students and community healthier and allow us to get past this pandemic and return to more normal routines. While school remains closed, the District wiIl continue to deliver meals Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to children whose families are in need of them. Starting this Monday, we will provide emergency childcare through our partnership with Chatham Kids Club for children of parents who work in healthcare or other essential services.
I am truly inspired by the commitment, ingenuity, and resilience our faculty, staff, students, and families have shown in coping with this difficult situation. Our students remain engaged, supported, and fed thanks to the collective efforts of our school community. Thank you.
There are many questions about what the remainder of the school year will look like. I can tell you that our District is working daily to get answers and we will continue to provide you with updates as information and guidance from our state and local agencies becomes available. I thank you for your continued patience in these unprecedented times.
Lastly, please help keep yourself and others safe by staying home, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands regularly.
Dr. Sal DeAngelo,
Superintendent of Schools