From the Superintendent

Dear Silver Creek families,

 

              On behalf of the faculty, staff, and administration it gives us great pleasure to welcome everyone back for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.  The unique ending to last school year combined with continued uncertainty throughout this summer has provided challenges to what our school year may look like.  That being said, the administrative team, Board of Education, and Safe Return to School Committee have successfully prepared a safe school environment under the direction and guidelines of the NYS Department of Health and NYS Education Department.  As you are likely aware, we have had continued discussion about our reopening plans during Board meetings and both in-person and Facebook Live community conversations.   Due to social distancing mandates, we are forced to reduce the population density in classrooms, buses, and the buildings.  To that end, at the time of this writing on Friday, August 14, we plan that the middle and high schools will be operating in a hybrid model, blending in-person and remote, online learning. The elementary presently has enough families preferring remote learning that we are able to offer full remote to those families, and full time in-person to the other families.

Summer provided educators an opportunity to enhance their teaching craft, reflecting and refining their instructional skills to better educate in a remote learning environment.  Enhanced professional development was offered; administrators worked continually to plan/prepare for student and staff return in a modified schedule, established building-level goals, and reviewed procedures and protocols pertaining to online learning environments and safe learning environments when students are in school.  The first day of school for students will be Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

Please know that the Board of Education continues to maintain its focus on academic achievement, character education, family engagement, and student/staff social and emotional well-being. Additionally, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a top priority of the Board of Education the past six months has been ensuring a safe learning environment and a safe school reopening plan while also strengthening the online learning (internet access capability, availability of student devices, and supporting staff professional development) which will be needed this coming school year.

Our administrative and teacher leadership teams continue to use professional development, various trainings, outside consultants and our Comprehensive District Educational Plan to guide our efforts.  Of course, our goals become extremely challenging as we have been forced to deliver instruction in non-traditional manners because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  In-person learning must honor social distancing, wearing masks, daily temperature screening, and educating all staff on the signs/symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.  Whether in-person, remote, or a combination of both, we will remain focused on academic achievement and student social-emotional well-being.  The CDEP committee will work with building-level committees to prepare Comprehensive School Education Plans. These plans will be implemented in all three buildings, which support the overarching Board and District goals.

Our Buildings and Grounds staff has done an outstanding job preparing for September 2020.  Our facilities are in great shape. Our Transportation Department is working to update bus routes and provide training with its drivers as needed for safe transportation of students during this COVID pandemic.  All families should be receiving a postcard providing bus route information the week the first week of September.  

Our Capital Project is expected to be completed prior to the start of the school year with just a few small jobs which need to be completed.  Depending on how the school year progresses, we are hoping to have open houses which will allow families and community members to tour all of the exceptional work that has been completed with our Capital Project. 

We wish you a safe, relaxing and enjoyable end of summer with your families!  As in the past several months, you have our promise to communicate and share information with you as it becomes available.  We would like to close by reaffirming the deep commitment of the Board of Education, our administrative team, and entire staff that we will not be outworked or out-planned so we are best prepared for a safe school experience for OUR children and the entire community when we begin the 2020-2021 school year.   

 

Sincerely,

 

Mr. Todd Crandall, Superintendent of Schools

Mr. Stephen Boothe, Board of Education President