Welcome Back Letter to 6th Grade

(September 24, 2020)

Dear Sixth-Grade Families,

First I want to say how proud we are of your children. They have been attending their remote classes and we are so happy to see them engaged and learning!

Next week begins our transition for those students that chose in-person learning. If your son or daughter chose this option they will come to school on Monday September 28th for a regular school day. Please help us by completing the daily Health Screening before your child comes to school. We can not allow any student into the building without this screening being completed. If it is not completed we will take a temperature reading outside before allowing them to enter. While this will be new for our students, we must follow these procedures to ensure the safety of everyone. We also ask that walkers not arrive at CMS before 7:30 a.m. as there may not be supervision to ensure social distancing outside the front door.

The schedule next week is as follows. Monday, September 28th is our in-person Orientation Day. If your child is a remote learner they will still be following a 2 hour delay schedule. All 6th grade students will be remote for the remainder of the week. Starting Monday, October 5th, we will transition into our full hybrid schedule where in-person students will attend daily.

Thank you again for your patience and cooperation. We look forward to working with you and your children!

All the best,
Mike Burns, CMS Principal
Michael Stead, CMS Assistant Principal

Remote/Hybrid Attendance Procedures
  • Attendance will be measured by the full day. Attendance in our Remote Learning Program is defined as evidence of “engaging with the assigned material” at least one time per day.
  • Evidence of attendance will be measured in at least one of the following ways (including, but not limited to):
    o Google check-in forms
    o Assignments submitted that were due on that day
    o Questions to answer on Google Classroom
    o Participation in an online discussion
    o Google Form requesting receipt of assignment or instructions
    o Class participation during the scheduled class time
    o Student participation during scheduled related services
    o Phone call with the teacher or related services provider.
  • It is expected that parents shall, to the maximum extent possible, ensure that their child participates in the remote instructional model.
  • Parents do not need to call if their child is unavailable for the designated class time, as long as the student completes the daily assignment.
  • If a student will not be able to participate in any learning activities that day, a parent can email/call the school at jacksonan@chatham.k12.ny.us or (518) 392-1560 option 2.
  • The student will receive an unexcused absence when:
    o a student does not participate in any part of the learning activities for the day, o or has not checked in with the teacher,
    o when the student’s parent does not contact the teacher.

We are aware that all family and student circumstances may vary, especially during these unprecedented circumstances. Your child’s teachers are available to ensure the success of your child during this time. Should you have any questions about these procedures, or remote learning in general, please feel free to reach out to your building administrators Michael Stead or Michael Burns at (518) 392-1560.

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