Clarkstown Central School District

September 11, 2020

Dear Clarkstown School Community:


I hope this communication finds you and your family members healthy and in good spirits.


With today being the 19th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93 in Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania, I am writing to express remembrance and sympathy for the loss of loved ones and their surviving family members. A total of 82 Rockland County residents lost their lives at the World Trade Center attacks. Thank you for keeping those individuals in your thoughts and prayers and recognizing the service of first responders, police officers and firefighters, for their heroic efforts on that day.


Stay strong! Stay healthy!


Sincerely,


Martin D. Cox, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Back To School

I am thankful and appreciative of the work done by teachers, staff and administrators during our 100% remote instructional model that has been taking place since the start of the school year. As noted in my Parent Letter on September 2nd, patience and support from school community members is appreciated while we navigate obstacles and challenges during a school reopening model that none of us have experienced in the history of our schools.


We continue to reflect and analyze all aspects of our instructional models while engaging in dialogue for the purpose of assessing the best ways to provide instruction to the students we serve. Susan Yom, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, will give an update on the instructional models at the September 17th Board of Education meeting.

Hybrid Instruction

As stated in my Parent Letter on August 18, our plans to begin with hybrid instruction, barring any major increases in the COVID-19 infection rate, are for an AB model at Grades K-5 and an ABC model at Grades 6-12 on September 29th. The District continues to address the six matters referenced in August that prevented us from opening with students on September 3 - Wearing of Masks, Air Handlers, Workplace Accommodations, Disinfection of Computer Devices, Food Service Automation, Management of Student/Employee Temperature Data - and a presentation will be made at the September 17th Board of Education meeting to provide our school community updates in all of those areas.

Health and Safety

Sue Sherlock, District Health Coordinator, will give a presentation at the September 17th Board of Education meeting to provide insight to the school community on a variety of important topics connected to health and safety in preparation for the start of hybrid instruction on September 29th.

Athletics

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association, New York State Department of Health, and Section I Interscholastics Athletics have provided recent guidance to Districts across the state regarding fall, winter and spring athletic seasons. Dr. Chris Serra, Athletic Director, will provide an update on this topic with a presentation at the September 17th Board of Education meeting.

Distribution of Textbooks and Materials

Many thanks to the teachers, staff and administration at North High School and South High School for their planning and implementation efforts this week when distributing textbooks and materials to students from each grade level every day this week!