Dear Greenburgh Central School District Families,
Today, the Westchester County Executive, George Latimer declared a state of emergency due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Included in his executive orders was a closure of all schools for 14 days. However, based on the authority granted to the County Executive, he will have to reissue in the state of emergency in five (5) day increments. The intention of this closure is to help mitigate the spread of the virus in our schools. After discussions with county and health officials, and based on guidance from the CDC, the Greenburgh Central School District will have an extended closure through March 31, 2020. As the details of the State and Federal strategy addressing the coronavirus continue to emerge, recommendations are likely to change. We ask for your continued flexibility and patience as our return date could be extended beyond March 31. Information regarding any potential changes to this year’s District calendar will be shared in the near future as our current priority is to focus on providing on-going learning and supporting the well-being of our school community.
At the Greenburgh Central School District, we remain dedicated to serving the educational needs of our students. In doing so, we have developed the plans outlined below to support student learning while they are at home. Please be reminded that during the school closures, all athletic and extracurricular activities are canceled.
Continuity of Education
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, if necessary. Instructions for the completion of 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. We recognize Google Classroom may be an unfamiliar platform for parents. For your convenience, please check our social media and website for a Google Classroom Parent Guide.
School Nutrition Program
The Greenburgh Central School District will provide breakfast and lunch to students. As I shared in my previous letter, we will deliver bagged breakfast and lunch to students Monday through Friday for the duration of the school closure by Royal Coach Bus. Attached you will find the bus routes for the “Grab-and Go” meal distribution, beginning March 18. If you are interested in participating in this offering, your child must be at the bus stop that is closest to your home at the designated time. Students are permitted to pick up food for his or her sibling who attends our school district. Parents may pick up food for their child(ren) as well.
We recognize that remote learning is not a replacement for face-to-face direct instruction, but it does provide an opportunity for students to continue to be engaged in their learning during this time of uncertainty. If you have any questions related to your child’s home-based learning, please email your child’s teacher and/or principal. Should you require technical support, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also recognize that students and families may need emotional support during this very difficult time. If you and/or a member of your family experiences anxiety or stress and requires support, please call the Department of Community Mental Health Coronavirus Helpline at (914) 995-1900. In addition, the District’s mental health professionals will be available to support you and your child(ren) during school closure. You should contact your child’s school counselor or psychologist for additional support.
As always, we sincerely appreciate your continued support and understanding. Together, the Greenburgh Central School District Community will get through this challenging time due to the strength of our partnership. You are encouraged to visit our website and social media for tips and links to learning resources as well as updates about our schools. Please take care of your loved ones, and let’s stay in touch.
Dr. Tahira A. DuPree Chase
Superintendent of Schools