District Reopening Updates and Resources
Update: August 30, 2020
Clarification: Full Remote Instruction and Parent Choice
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a plethora of challenges for schools and has altered the way in which we plan, deliver, and assess instruction. The safety and well-being of our students, staff, and community is the top priority of the Mount Markham Central School District. A team of 40 school community members developed the framework of our reopening plan over a six-week period this summer. Numerous surveys and data collection measures were used to guide the decision-making process. This reopening plan is in complete alignment with the guidelines set forth by the New York State Department of Health, State Education Department, Center for Disease Control, Board of Regents, and Office of the Governor. In summary, our plan states that all PK-8 students will be back to school on a daily basis while grades 9-12 will be back on a blended, every other day model. Students will maintain social distance in all classrooms and appropriate personal protective equipment will be required to ensure everyone’s safety.
It has come to our attention that there have been some conflicting messages in the media regarding the topic of full remote instruction and parent choice. I would like to take this opportunity to clarify this part of our reopening plan. The district has developed a reopening plan that we believe supports the health and safety of our students and staff. If we are required to close school due to infection, remote learning will be implemented; however, we do not have the capacity to simultaneously offer quality, in-person and remote learning for all of our students at this time.
However, if parents are not comfortable sending their child to school for in-person instruction, then they have the option to pick a fully virtual/remote learning platform in accordance with NYSED part 100.10 via BOCES homeschool instruction program. Under this umbrella, parents have a wide variety of free, quality, platforms to pick from. If you wish to provide your child with an equivalent educational program at your home, please send a letter of intent addressed to the superintendent of schools and indicate your child’s name, address, and date of birth along with the parent’s name and phone number. Moreover, in the event the school district gets shut down as it did at the end of the 2019-2020 school year, the school district will shift to 100% virtual instruction. If this does occur, parents who opted to do homeschool instruction will be allowed to convert to virtual instruction at any time.
Medical Exceptions: The Mount Markham Central School District will provide full virtual instruction to those students with a diagnosed medical disability (for example those with heart conditions, neurologic/genetic/ metabolic conditions, or who are immunocompromised). The school district will purchase a virtual platform from an outside vendor for this particular student, it will not be a Mount Markham CSD teacher.
Update: August 17, 2020
GREAT NEWS! Last Friday, Governor Cuomo announced that all schools can reopen in the Fall. As outlined in our reopening plan, Mount Markham students in grades PK-8 will be attending school every day. Students in grades 9-12 will be attending school every other day, following a blended learning model. A team of 40 school community members developed the framework of our reopening plan over a six-week period in the summer. Numerous surveys and data collection measures were used to guide the decision-making process. This reopening plan is in complete alignment with the guidelines set forth by the New York State Department of Health, State Education Department, Center for Disease Control, Board of Regents, and Office of the Governor.
Please note that we will be hosting 3 virtual parent forums to provide you with a summary of our reopening plan and review some essential safety procedures. During these virtual forums, we will provide you with an easy to follow overview of our plan and take you on a virtual tour of each building. You will see how classrooms have been set up to ensure physical distancing, arrival and dismissal procedures, parent drop off times and locations, hallway traffic patterns, student screenings and daily temperature scans, breakfast and lunch procedures, precautionary PPE and mandatory reequipments, and an overview of our enhanced cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting protocols. You will also have the opportunity to post questions and a frequently asked questions (FAQ) database will be created for your perusal.
Elementary School Forum: August 18, 6pm, Recorded YouTube Link
Middle School Forum: August 19, 6pm, Recorded YouTube Link
High School Forum: August 20, 6pm, Recorded YouTube Link