Superintendent's Messages

Superintendent's Messages
October 8 Update
The Johnson City Middle School will reopen for hybrid instruction on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Contact tracing has been completed by the Broome County Health Department and we have been cleared to resume in-person learning. The building has been cleaned with extra attention to high touch/high traffic areas. Staff is looking forward to welcoming the students back.

July 30 Update
The Johnson City Central School District Reentry to School Plan for 2020-2021 has been submitted to the State Education Department and the New York State Department of Health on July 31, 2020 and is posted on the district website. The plan addresses the many mandates that provide for a healthy and safe learning environment with three models of instruction: in-person, hybrid and remote. The plan which the district will implement shall be decided when Governor Cuomo issues his decision on the re-opening of schools during the first week of August.
In the meantime, we are developing various documents to clearly communicate to all staff and families as to the detailed implementation of the plan under each of the three models.  These documents will be available via mailings, the website and the district app and will serve as an important resource for everyone.

I would like to thank the staff members, community members and parents who have provided valuable input to this plan. We have worked to engage a true cross-section of our district using multiple means of communication. We will continue to reach out to the various stakeholders in our school community to continue to strengthen our plan to meet our students' needs.

July 16 Update
As of Thursday, July 16 we are still awaiting guidance from the New York State Education Department regarding the reopening of schools. When our reopening program is approved, we will share the plan with all our families and staff. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work toward developing a plan that will emphasize the safety of all our students and staff.

April 7 Update
On April 6, Governor Cuomo released data indicating positive movement in terms of the rate of hospitalizations due to COVID-19. Based on his information, he said it appears New York could be getting close to the apex (high point) of the spread of the virus, or very near entering the apex. One reason this has happened, he said, is because of the social distancing rules that have been put in place throughout the state, including the closure of schools and non-essential businesses. In that regard, with the goal of keeping this positive trend going, he has extended his statewide school closure order until  April 29.

That means we must continue to support the students in this region and our school districts as we have done throughout this crisis. 

In other news, the New York State Board of Regents passed a long list of regulatory changes to help address some key concerns, including cancellation of the June Regents exams. We received guidance regarding graduation requirements today. More information will be available in the coming days.

As we begin yet another week, I ask for your patience and understanding. As frustrating as it is to struggle to provide instruction and services to our students and districts under these unprecedented circumstances, know that I recognize and appreciate the incredible job you are doing. I cannot thank you enough. Even though we are some distance from getting back to life as we knew it, we are making headway in this battle. We’ll take all the positive news we can get.

April 1 Update
As of March 31, the latest executive order from Gov. Cuomo requires that all schools in New York State continue providing instructional support to students, along with distribution of meals, "for the duration of the school closure order that currently expires on 4/15.” This means that the planned "spring break" has been effectively canceled and that teachers and instructional staff will continue to interact with our students and their families and support them as best we can through the end of the current closure period. While I'm sure the cancellation of spring break is disappointing to many, in order for the schools to continue to receive their scheduled state aid payments, it is critical that we follow the governor's order.  

If you have questions about obtaining technology or questions regarding instructional requirements, please email your child's principals and they will assist you.

March 31 Update
I want to take this opportunity to thank those of you who are supporting students who are continuing with their school work during this closure. I know this is such an uncertain time and can be very stressful for children and adults.  The school district is dedicated to supporting your children during this time period and beyond.

Soon you will be receiving a phone message from me that clarifies new expectations regarding student work and connecting with our staff.  As the closure continues, it is important we establish the extension of the third quarter marking period and institute grading to be able to certify learning for all students. While it is unclear as to what the remainder of the school year will look like, it is important that gaps in learning are not created during this time.

The expectations for every  student in grades 6-12 is that they have contact with their teacher daily (Google Classroom, Schoology, email), complete posted assignments for a grade and feedback which will be applied to Quarter 3 marking period which ends April 24th.  For K-5 students there is also an expectation of daily engagement with their schoolwork and their teacher. K-5 teachers are using Google Classroom, Class Dojo, Remind, and/or email.  We want to be sure every student is learning and every student can be successful.

If anyone has questions, please reach out to your principal through email.  As always, I appreciate your support in educating your student(s) and wish everyone good health.

March 20 Update
During this unprecedented event, I am so grateful for the staff's effort to provide food for students on Monday through Friday; to create instructional materials for students that can be completed online or via paper packets; to connect daily with their students using technology platforms, phone, or email; and to continue to work whether in the buildings, in the community,or from home. The 550 people who serve the children of this community are special people who put the needs of our students and our community first. I am so proud of all our Wildcats!

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 event with our county partners as it applies to our district and our community.

We are taking every precaution recommended by the various health and emergency services to keep our schools, buses, and facilities cleaned.  Please take the same precautions for yourself also: wash your hands, don't touch your face, if you are sick stay home. We will continue to provide you with regular updates as we know them.

March 15 Update
As you are probably aware, the Broome County Executive has declared a local state of emergency due to the coronavirus. All area schools, including Johnson City, will be closed to students beginning Monday, March 16 through April 14. This closing includes extracurricular activities including access to the pool, gymnasiums and all other indoor and outdoor spaces.

The decision to close schools for students is a proactive measure to prevent the spread of the virus to students, their families and the community. This does not indicate a quarantine of Broome County. Businesses remain open and social distancing guidance should be followed.

We are currently preparing ways to deliver instructional and academic material to our students either through electronic and/or hard copy formats. Instruction will look different for different students and grade levels. More information regarding this plan will be forthcoming.

Beginning Monday, March 16, all area schools, including Johnson City, are prepared to provide student meals (two per day per student) at designated pick-up locations throughout the county between 10-1 p.m. Please click on 'Food pick-up Locations' below to view the list of locations. Please note all forthcoming updates will come directly to you on the district website, the district mobile app, and through phone calls, texts and emails.

Please note that NO information will be posted on the district’s social media platforms in regard to this issue. This is to ensure that all messages reaching our school community are accurate and that all information in regard to COVID-19 and its direct effect on our school will come directly from the district.

As always, our commitment to the health, well-being, and education of our students will be our highest priority.
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