Lockport City School District

May 14, 2020

Superintendent's Comments

COVID-19 Update

On Friday, May 1, 2020, Governor Cuomo issued an executive order which closed schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic school year.

On Wednesday, May 13, 2020 the Board of Education acted on a final instructional day for students and final work day for 10 month staff for the 2019-2020 school year. The last day of student attendance for students in grades kindergarten through 8 is Thursday, June 11 and for students in grades 9-12 the final day is June 12. The final work day for ten month employees at the K-8 level is Thursday, June 18 and for those at the 9-12 level, Friday, June 19. These dates were based on students and staff working through spring recess, the cancellation of Regents exams, and collective bargaining agreement language. The difference in dates between the K-8 and 9-12 levels is due to the one day emergency closing in November at LHS due to a bomb threat. Students and staff at LHSWCC will follow the June 11th and June 18 dates.

Based on these dates, there is an end in sight to this unusual school year. With approximately four weeks of the school year remaining, it is important for students to continue to put forth their best effort in completing school assignments. Teachers will continue to provide feedback to students and parents on a regular basis. Just a reminder that these are not normal school days, and trying to force that idea may cause frustration at home. Kitchens are not classrooms. Hang in there, and stay in regular contact with your child’s teacher, put forth your best effort, and develop a schedule that works for your family.

Plans for students to retrieve their personal belongings in desks and lockers are being developed. Parents will be contacted by their child’s building principal with details for picking up items.

An alternative plan for the 173rd Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2020 is under review. There is a focus on maintaining the traditional elements of commencement to the extent possible, while adhering to social distancing guidelines through an untraditional method. Mrs. Wylke, LHS principal, and members of the senior class, are in the process of planning additional activities that recognize seniors during this difficult and heartbreaking time.

Please be reminded that due to COVID-19 all district buildings, playgrounds, and athletic facilities are CLOSED for usage by the community until further notice.