Dear Parents, Faculty and Staff,
I am heartened to note that this week marks the first official “reopenings” within New York State under the governor’s Phase 1 rules. Even though schools are in the last phase, Phase 4, we can’t get to that phase without the other three phases happening first and we are now (finally) making progress in that regard. Another reason I find this news encouraging is that as things are reopened, families will start to have some “out of the house” opportunities as they are desperately needed. I have included a number of specific Mohon updates below.
End of the School Year: Due to continuity of instruction continuing over Good Friday and Spring Break, the school year will be ending ahead of what was previously scheduled and published in the district calendar. The last day for continuity of instruction (the last day of the 2019 – 2020 school year), will be Wednesday, June 17 and it will be a half day for students, meaning that there will be continuity of instruction only for the first half of the school day.
“Operation Recognition” has been initiated at the High School for our seniors with an aim to create and host specific activities to honor the Mohonasen Senior Class of 2020. Just today, seniors were surprised with lawn signs and cheers of congratulations. Thank you to the Operation Recognition committee members for your dedication in making great things happen for our seniors. Please be on the lookout for additional events and activities to honor our seniors; they are on the way!
Cancelled events at Bradt, Pinewood and Draper; Grading; Student Belongings: Each building communicated specific plans to all parents and students this week regarding end-of-the-year events, end-of-the-year grading details, and how and when parents and students may retrieve student belongings. If you have questions or need more details, please contact your child’s teacher or principal.
Elementary Summer School: We still await further guidance and orders from the governor regarding elementary summer school. He has indicated he will make a decision regarding summer school “by the end of May”. Secondary “Regional” Summer School will be hosted by the Capital Region BOCES and is expected to be entirely online.
Board Meetings & Budget Vote: Households will be receiving more information on this year’s school budget vote in the mail. If you were not already aware, the vote will take place this year entirely by absentee ballot. Ballots will automatically be mailed to eligible voters who have participated in recent school budget votes in the District, essentially those who have voted any time in the past five years. All District households will receive an informational postcard in the next week or so which will indicate the date of the Budget Hearing (to be streamed online on June 1) and Budget Vote (June 9), as well as details on how to receive an absentee ballot if you are an eligible voter, but have not recently participated in a school budget vote. The shift in voting entirely by absentee ballot has resulted in a shift in several scheduled Board meeting dates throughout the remainder of the year. View the updated Board meeting schedule.
Federal Budget Update: The House of Representatives is expected to vote today on a next round COVID stimulus bill named the “Heroes Act”. While it does appear to contain funds which would go to New York and, more specifically, to Mohonasen, the bill is gargantuan ($3,000,000,000,000) and contains a number of controversial partisan items. This is already causing a political stir and makes it unlikely the bill will be approved by the Senate. My hope is that there will be negotiations as to the content of the bill and that, eventually, it will pass in some form that contains funding for New York and, in particular, for NY State school districts like Mohonasen.