October 23, 2020
Dear Chatham Families,
As you are aware, our District is suffering from repeated Internet outages that are causing disruptions to our school operations. Unlike the previous outages, which were caused by issues originating outside of the District, today’s outage appears to be an internal equipment failure. No immediate fix is available and we expect our Internet to remain down until we are able to get contractors in to make emergency repairs. In order for us to effectively root out the problem and at the same time limit disruption to instruction, we are switching all students, pre k through grade 12 (with the exception of self-contained special ed.) to remote learning on Monday, October 26 and Tuesday, October 27. We are sending chromebooks home today with all students who need them. Teaching staff will work from off-campus on these days so that any Internet outages in our buildings will not affect our ability to conduct classes online. It is our expectation that we can fix the problem during this time and have students return to campus on Wednesday.
We will not be able to provide childcare on Monday and Tuesday. Please also note that Chatham Kids Club will not be operating on those days.
CHS yearbook photos scheduled for Monday and Tuesday are postponed.
All games and practices will continue as scheduled.
Grab-and-go meals will continue to be available at no cost for CCSD students. These meals are available for pick up each day from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the MED front door. Please email or call Barb Murray (firstname.lastname@example.org, 518-392-1536) to reserve your meals.
Special Area Transportation
Transportation will be provided for our self-contained special education students and for private/parochial school and other out-of-district placed students.
In-person CTE classes at Questar III will continue. We will provide transportation for our CTE students to and from Questar III, and have contacted our CTE families directly.
We again apologize for the inconvenience this situation causes. Please bear with us as we work to address the problem. As always, we’ll keep you updated on our progress.
Superintendent of Schools