Last Day of School - A message from the Superintendent
June 26, 2020
Dear Chappaqua Central School District Families,
Today is our last official day of school. I am incredibly grateful for your partnership, especially over the last three months, as we navigated iLearning together. It was rewarding and challenging for us all, and I thank you for your support, feedback, and courage during these difficult times.
As this school year comes to a close, we are busy planning for next year. I anticipate receiving State Education Department guidance on July 14th, which will include the parameters under which we can open schools this September. As soon as we have this information, a selected team of staff, parents, and outside experts will develop a plan for our schools. To that end, we will be using the feedback gathered from our Thought Exchange to inform this planning process. If you haven’t had a moment to participate, please consider sharing your thoughts before the window closes today at 5PM.
I also would like to share that the Westchester Department of Health is aware of possible new COVID 19 cases in our community and they will send a separate notification to certain families as they deem appropriate (I will send this for them by email when it is received). While a contact tracing system is in place for Westchester County when a confirmed case is known, it is important that each of us does our part by practicing social distancing, wearing masks and avoiding social gatherings. This would include voluntary quarantine for those who have traveled to states or regions with high rates of COVID 19, as outlined in the recent communication from Governor Cuomo.
According to the Westchester Department of Health, anyone who believes they may have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 (within six feet of a person with COVID-19 for more than 10 minutes, or in a room together for more than an hour) should wait a couple of days until after their exposure to get tested. Meanwhile, those individuals should self-quarantine to avoid possibly exposing others. Anyone waiting for test results must quarantine for at least 14 days after their last exposure to a person with COVID-19. If during your quarantine you test positive, you will be required to be isolated under the Standing Commissioner's Order of Isolation for a minimum of 10 days from the test date and resolution of symptoms. Additional information on COVID-19 is available from the Westchester Department of Health at (866) 588-0195.
In terms of District operations this summer, although our 12-month employees will be back in our buildings, to ensure we keep our summer staff and students safe, interactions with the public will be limited to electronic communications and interactions outside of our buildings. Therefore, please contact us in advance if you feel you need to come on campus for assistance. Finally, at this time, we are not opening our fields, playgrounds, or track. As soon as this changes, I will share this information with you.
Next week, we will send you a year-end video celebrating our students and their many accomplishments. We look forward to highlighting our virtual work over the last few months as well as our summer professional development plans.
We hope you and your family have a safe and relaxing summer.
Christine Ackerman, PhD
Superintendent of Schools