An important message from the Superintendent 3/15/20

An important message from the Superintendent 3/15/20

Written on 03/16/2020
Greenburgh Schools


Dear Greenburgh Central School District Families,

As of writing this letter, schools in Westchester County, as a whole, have not been officially declared closed.  We are, however, aware that all indicators are moving in this direction. Our staff, faculty and administrators have worked diligently to prepare school work to keep students engaged and up-to-date with learning while school is closed for an extended period. For your information, Grades PreKindergarten – Grade 2 will receive a hardcopy packet designed by classroom teachers.  The booklet will be posted on our website under the corresponding school’s webpage.  We will also forward the packet via School Messenger. Instructions for the completion of the work will accompany the packet.  Grades 3 -12 will receive their instruction remotely.  Beginning Wednesday, March 18, students will log-in via Google Classroom to interact with their teachers and complete the assignments for the day.  Unless otherwise stated by the classroom teacher, work will be posted by 9am each weekday.  Teachers will be available to support students from 10am-2pm each weekday.  Teachers will correspond with parents using their usual mode for communication if there are any changes to this timeline.  In order to access the virtual work, students must accept their teacher’s Google Classroom invitation.  Parents may need to guide the younger students through this process.

Most of our students have their personal chromebook and packets already in their possession. For those who may not, we have established office hours to allow for parents to retrieve their child’s school work and electronic resources.  You may pick up your child’s resources at your child’s school tomorrow, March 16 from 9am-3pm or from 5-7pm.  All Early Childhood Program parents will pick up materials from Lee F. Jackson Elementary School from 9am-3pm or from 5-7pm.

We understand that some of our families may not have at home Wi-Fi connectivity. The Greenburgh Central School District has been in touch with several cable providers who have offered a variety of free high speed connectivity programs for up to 60 days.  You may access the free opportunities by contacting one of the following: 

Altice USA:

https://www.alticeusa.com/news/articles/feature/corporate/altice-usa-brings-free-broadband-k-12-and-college-students-during-coronavirus-pandemic  

1.866.200.8522

 

Comcast:

https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/internet-essentials-low-income-broadband-coronavirus-pandemic 

1.855.846.8376

 

Spectrum:

https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more  

1.844.488.8395

ATT:

https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html

 

We understand that eating a nutritious meal will help students to remain focused on their work and provide the balance they need to support healthy habits.  While school is closed, the Greenburgh Central School District will provide “Grab-and-Go” breakfast and lunch for students.  We will deliver meals to designated school bus stops throughout the community for the duration of the school closure.  We will post the designated stops, with specific times, on our website by Monday afternoon. You will also find instructions for obtaining breakfast and lunch. We plan to start the “Grab-and-Go” breakfast and lunch program on Wednesday, March 18.  The district will not deny any of its students a “Grab-and-Go” meal. I will send you an alert when the “Grab-and-Go” meal program drop off schedule is ready for public consumption.

Given that this situation changes day by day, even hour by hour, I continue to ask for your patience and support.  As I receive verified information, I will bring to you in the same manner you have grown accustomed.  Please continue to take care of our children and each other as we experience this unprecedented period of our lifetime.  Let’s continue to stay in touch and let’s stay vigilant.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Tahira A. DuPree Chase

Superintendent of Schools
 

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