From the Superintendent of Schools
On behalf of the Board of Education, we sincerely hope that you are all doing as well as possible through this unpreceded challenging period in history. We understand that each individual and family have their own set of circumstances and challenges to work through during these times. We want to remind you that we are here for you, and prepared to help in any way we can. Please do not hesitate to reach out if we can offer any assistance.
Though the 2019-2020 school year didn’t end the way anyone could have anticipated, we still have so much to be proud of. The distance learning model that we concluded last school year was certainly challenging in many regards. But how we as a school community partnered in implementing it, is something that we should all be proud of. Even with school being dismissed in March, several of our students earned honors and recognition in the classroom, on stage and in athletic competitions. Our high school graduation rate was again one of the highest in the region at over 90%. About 80% of our graduates are moving on to higher education to some of the most prestigious schools in country including Xavier, North Carolina, Clemson and Ohio State. This is a testament to the incredible work of our students, as well as our faculty and staff. Congratulations to the great class of 2020!
In drafting this message, we still have no definitive direction or guidance from authorities regarding the reopening of school in September. We did learn that guidance should be available shortly, and that our Cleveland Hill School Reopening Plan is due to the State Education Department by the end of July. We will post our plan to our website as soon as it is completed. Governor Cuomo is expected to announce what instructional model schools in New York State will begin the 2020-2021 school year with, no later than August 7, 2020. As soon as we receive this information, we will begin communicating specific details to the entire school community.
Our strong school-community partnership will continue to serve as our foundation as we move forward. When we do return to school, regardless of the instructional model being applied, it will be the social responsibility of everyone to make it work. Cooperation in adhering to health and safety guidelines will be paramount, and must be followed by all who come on campus. Structural changes in services like food service, school schedules and transportation should be expected as they will allow us to meet CDC and New York State requirements. Again, these changes will be communicated with you as soon as we have the required guidance.
If at any time you have any questions or concerns I ask you to please let us know. I again want to reiterate the sincere appreciation that we all have for your patience and understanding throughout this ordeal.
Jon T. MacSwan