(April 1, 2020)
Dear Chatham Families,
I wanted to provide you with an update concerning Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order extending the school closing until April 15 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and how this order will affect our schools.
Contractual Holiday and Spring Break Canceled
Under the order, school districts are directed to continue to provide internet-based instruction, meals to students, and childcare for essential workers on all weekdays during the closure, including during our District’s contractual holiday on April 10 and over Spring Break. While it is likely that the school closure could be extended further, if it is not, the order states that students would return to school on Wednesday, April 15. This means that in either scenario, there will be no spring break this year.
For your convenience, we have provided an infographic and accessible text document explaining how we will be moving our students’ education forward during the extended closure. This goes into effect tomorrow, April 2.
With our instruction remaining online for the foreseeable future, I wanted to remind you of our District’s Acceptable Use of District Technology Policy, which governs the use of school computers and online platforms both on and off of school premises. All such use must be for the purpose of education and related research pertaining to the student’s assignments. Students should be aware that their internet traffic is visible to the school whenever a student is logged into their Chatham Google account. Students should also not expect that information stored on their school computer will be private. Student data files and other electronic storage areas are treated like school lockers, meaning these areas are considered to be District property subject to control and inspection, and that school officials may access student files and communications without prior notice to ensure that students are complying with school policy. Students who engage in unacceptable use of District computers and online platforms may be subject to discipline in accordance with the District Code of Conduct.
I also wanted to share a link to the parent’s guide to internet safety provided by Common Sense Media: https://www.commonsensemedia.
Dr. Sal DeAngelo