Maine-Endwell Central School District News Article

Superintendent's Statement - 3/10/2020

Maine-Endwell School Community:

While Maine-Endwell does not have a case of novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, within the school community, the District is taking multiple steps to address the potential outbreak of the virus. This is an extremely fluid situation and the District is trying to balance the seriousness of preparedness without creating panic for our students and families. Thankfully, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), New York State and Broome County Department of Health, and the State Education Department are providing real-time guidance. The District will be utilizing all of our available resources when implementing decisions related to this health event including:

Cleaning:

=         Written guidance was provided on cleaning procedures to all districts in New York State.  

=         All principals were briefed on and discussed the current cleaning procedures and how to assure continued regular disinfection.   

=         The District is planning for contingencies regarding the availability of supplies and manpower.

Absences:

=         Any student who is absent for medical reasons or quarantine related to Coronavirus (there are currently none in the District), or any student whose physician is recommending absence due to underlying medical reasons will be treated as an excused absence.  

=         Any children absent, by family choice, due to concern about Coronavirus will count as an unexcused absence, but the District will not impose any penalty on students.  

=         In the case of unexcused absences arrangements cannot be made for daily lessons to be sent home, but teachers will work with students to catch up once they return to school.

School/Activity Cancelations:

=         At this time, the departments of Health and Education are not recommending school closures, unless advised by the Department of Health.

=         There is a recommendation to curtail international travel for students sponsored by schools, and we are adhering to this advice.

=         There is ongoing discussion about the use of preemptive school and large group activity cancelation in the future.

=         If it becomes necessary to close a school or the District, a minimum of one week is expected.

Planning for Educational Continuity, if closures are needed:

=         We will be working with our faculty to determine the best course of action in the event large groups of students, or an entire building / district must close.  The planning will focus on ensuring students have the ability to practice and hone their skills, and participate in educationally beneficial activities during any closure.

Communications:

=         There will be continued updates posted on the school website until the situation becomes more normalized.

=         Plans for remote communications are in place for staff, parents, and administrators if there is a need to close schools.

The District will continue to monitor the situation, consult relevant guidance, and inform the community of changes. It is important to note that for many, school provides normalcy and predictability, particularly in times of fear and instability. Additionally, we recognize that this news may be concerning to many of our students and families. We ask that medical questions be directed to your family doctor/healthcare provider. 

Each day, we engage your children in a warm, nurturing, challenging environment. We intend to proceed in this fashion unless and until the situation demands a change. In the meantime, we ask families to continue to help their children process the current situation in honest and developmentally appropriate ways. 

 

Very Sincerely,

Jason R. Van Fossen

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