Greetings to all our Gilboa-Conesville School Students, Faculty and Staff, and Families:
I hope this letter finds you all healthy and happy and enjoying some rest this summer. To say the very least, this has been a trying time for all of us in the community and the fall looks to be challenging as well. I wanted to share some of the work we are doing here at school, what we have already accomplished, and how we will plan and execute our reopening of school.
Like all schools in New York State, we are preparing for three possible school models: one where all students are able to attend school every day, one where students attend school part-time and learn online part-time to reduce the number of students in the building (hybrid), and one where we are completely remote. Governor Cuomo will provide further guidance for schools later this week.
This summer, teachers and administrators are attending a record amount of professional development trainings to allow us to better serve students and their families. We are participating in variety of PD on curriculum and instruction, ELA, math, and social-emotional learning (SEL) as well as planning together in small groups, facilitated by our educational consultant.
The school has adopted Schoology, a Learning Management System, that will make it easier for students, staff, and families to communicate and engage in remote learning. There will be one login for access to all learning and communication. We are planning a training on Schoology for students and families prior to the beginning of school.
The school is also launching our own app with the help of the company, Apptegy. This app and accompanying web page will streamline our school information and announcements directly to students, families, and staff. Apptegy will allow direct posts to our social media outlets, robocalls, texts, and more. We will keep you informed as to our Apptegy launch date.
We have ordered new Chromebooks to back up staff and students where there are technology deficiencies and are working on expanding our web coverage by communicating with local companies as well as government officials. In addition, web cameras have been ordered to update some of the older computers.
The amount of additional work that took place during the shutdown and this summer is unprecedented. Homes suddenly became classrooms. Highspeed internet became a need, not a luxury. Food service took on a whole new role and custodians and transportation were thrust into expanded responsibilities. Parents and families are true heroes as they rose to the occasion and provided even more support to their children and our school. We are grateful for your efforts and pledge to continue doing our best for children and families.
Tomorrow afternoon we will share a survey looking for your perspectives on our school reopening. We ask that you complete this survey within 24 hours. This information will be used to help complete our draft reopening plan which will be submitted to the state on Friday August 7th.
Thank you to all staff, families and the community,
Jack Etter, Superintendent