(April 10, 2020)
Dear Chatham CSD families,
It sure has been a challenging few weeks for our school community, I hope you are all holding up well. I want to acknowledge that we are all feeling a little overwhelmed with the challenges the current situation has presented us and, now more than ever, it is important for us to find a balance between our wellness and meeting our learning objectives. We are committed to providing our families with the support and guidance you need.
Earlier, I Informed you that the NYS Board of Regents canceled the June, 2020 Regents Exams and I wanted to provide you with an update. Due to the cancelation, the NYS Education Department (NYSED) has changed the requirements that students must meet in order to earn high school diplomas, credentials, and endorsements. Students who were intending to take one or more Regents Exam this June are now exempted from passing those exams in order to be issued a diploma. Students will now be granted diploma credit as long as they successfully complete their required coursework. While we work to develop a plan to provide the most benefit and support possible for our high school students, I have included a Frequently Asked Questions provided by NYSED with general information on how the June, 2020 Regents Exam cancellation affects this school year. We appreciate your patience on this matter and will continue to keep you updated as the picture becomes clearer.
Also, for the safety of our students and community, we have made the decision to cancel all field trips for the remainder of the school year. We are making arrangements to return any deposits families made for these trips.
In addition, we have canceled all music department concerts, including parade performances, for the rest of the school year, with the exception of our Music In The Park event scheduled for June 11. We are reserving our decision until later in the year on whether or not to hold that concert.
I would again like to extend my thanks to our entire school community for your perseverance, patience, and persistence as we all struggle to adapt to the “new normal” we are currently facing. I know it hasn’t been easy, but our coming together to tackle this challenge has truly shown our strength as a community. I am reminded every day that Chatham truly is an Everyone, Every Day kind of school.
Wishing you health, safety, and peace.