To continue with social distancing compiance, we are having our August 20th Board Meeting to be online at 5:15pm. If you would like to attend, please email [email protected] and you will be sent an email with a secure invitation to the meeting. You will need to install Zoom on your phone if you are not using a laptop. We are setting all of our meetings on Zoom to use all the security features to prevent unauthorized entrance.
Dear Maritime Families: As you might imagine, things continue to be very busy as we develop plans to reopen schools in September. On Monday, school districts across the state received guidance documents from the Board of Regents, the New York State Department of Education, and the New York State Department of Health. Based upon all of these documents, we are developing plans for in-person learning to begin in September. The Governor has stated that if a region is in Phase IV and the infection rate in that region stays below 5%, schools will reopen for in person instruction. The infection rate in Western New York is currently around 1% so we are on track for reopening. The guidance we are receiving from the NYS Department of Health will require students to wear masks or cloth face coverings when social distancing of at least 6 feet is not possible. Acceptable face coverings for Covid-19 include, but are not limited to, cloth-based face coverings and surgical masks that cover both the mouth and nose. Additionally, students must wear a face covering to ride the school bus, including NFTA busses, and wear it while entering and exiting our schools. We are also developing plans for face covering breaks for students when they are engaged in meals and classroom instruction. These face covering breaks will occur when individuals are able to socially distance and/or when there is a physical barrier available. As we work to finalize our reopening plans we will be sending more information to you via email as well as posting our plans to the District’s website. Our final plans are due to the New York State Education Department at the end of this month. Thank you for reviewing this posting and please stay tuned for more information in the days and weeks ahead.
Parents and Guardians of our Charter School Students,
The NYSED Charter School Office recognizes that parents and guardians play a vital role in this process and therefore we are seeking to learn from you what went right and what can be improved with regard to your children’s education during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In order to learn directly from you, we have created a brief survey. Anonymity is assured so please be comfortable providing any honest feedback you feel is appropriate. We believe your input is essential to inform both policy and practice as we move toward the re-opening of our schools.
In leading up to our Graduation ceremony this coming Friday, we are releasing the Commencement Speech that would have been given in person. Our speaker is a Maritime graduate who has gone on to serve our country and is currently on the front lines as a Texas State Trooper. We thank you for your USAF service for our country and your continued service as a State Trooper.
Below is his biography and a link to his video speech.