Dear Mohonasen Parents, Faculty and Staff,
This is an update on the rapidly evolving situation regarding COVID-19/Coronavirus. We continue to monitor all guidance from local, state and federal agencies. At this time, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus at Mohonasen; however, out of an abundance of caution and in alignment with Department of Health recommendations, we are joining with other area districts and closing school for students for the week of March 16-20, 2020.
Given that this is a rapidly evolving public health issue, we feel that this is the most proactive and prudent action available to us. This is designed to help limit the spread of illness and to provide time to reassess the situation next week.
On Monday, March 16, all staff are to report to the District per regularly scheduled hours and normal schedules. Transportation Department and Food Service Department employees will receive separate communication from your supervisors this weekend regarding your hours on Monday. All determinations regarding 10 month staff for Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 20 will be made on Monday.
Because there are practical limits and regulatory restrictions regarding remote instructional programming via an online format, that will not be our immediate goal. Our focus will instead be on sharing a variety of resources for parent-guided and self-guided learning for students. We plan to begin sharing these resources by mid next week. Families should look for more information around that time. Please continue to check our website for more information regarding online learning resources as it will be posted as its available.
There will be no other events in the District during the week of March 16-20 including after school activities, athletic practices and contests, extracurricular activities and adult education classes.
As an additional note, Capital Region BOCES CTE and Special Education programs will not be operating March 16-20.
As Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated during his press conference today, local school superintendents have the authority to close the school districts they serve. In this situation I have collaborated with the superintendents in the Capital Region to help align our decision for next week although there will still be minor differences from district to district.
The New York State Education Department continues to work with the Governor’s office, the New York State Department of Health and the U.S. Department of Education to provide guidance to our schools around issues such as instructional time and test scheduling.
This situation is very fluid and could change as we continue to work with our local departments of health and New York State Department of Health.
The most current and accurate information about the coronavirus can be found at www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus.
Thank you for your continued patience and partnership. I will provide you with more information as soon as it becomes available.