May 27, 2020
Dear Lake George Families,
I hope this communication finds you and your families healthy and enjoying the warmer weather. We received some positive news last week when the Governor announced the Capital District has been cleared to begin Phase One of reopening. We still have to be careful because the virus is still present, and we still have to plan for how school will operate safely in the future. In recent weeks, the principals, school business manager and I have been part of and are leading several “Reopening” committees within the region and within LGCSD. We are discussing, as a region, what policies and practices have to be in place to keep students, staff, and families safe when we can finally be together in person again.
We are happy to say that some 12-month staff members have been working in the buildings again. Our building shared decision making teams are using the most up-to-date guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Department of Health when making plans and decisions around what positions remain remote and what positions need to be in the buildings to complete the work ahead.
I have been working with the BOCES District Superintendent and NYSED leaders to ensure students receive credit for learning a full 180-days this year and to identify an end-date for the continuity of learning plan that was implemented when coronavirus closed all the schools in NYS. Based on this information, the last day of classes will be:
- For K-12 students: Wednesday, June 17, 2020
- For students in BOCES Programs (CTE, ECCA, ELD): Wednesday, June 17, 2020
- For teachers: Friday, June 19, 2020
Jump Start Program:
LGCSD intends to offer our summer Jump Start program. We have decided to wait until mid to late August to host the program in hopes the dial loosens up to allow greater flexibility. In addition, we intend to have our re-entry guidelines established by this time.
Regional Summer School:
Extended School Year for students with disabilities. ESY programming and/or compensatory services due to COVID school closure recommendations will be made by the CSE committee at each student’s annual review meeting. Dates for specific ESY programs are yet to be determined and families will be notified once virtual summer programming plans have been decided.
Childcare for first responders and essential health care workers and meals:
The last day for the regional child care program through WSWHE BOCES is June 17, 2020. Meals will also end June 17th. We will continue to provide updates and resources as we receive further guidance on the aforementioned items.
LGCSD Budget Vote and Board Elections:
LGCSD Ballots have been mailed. Please be sure to visit our Website to review details about the voting process, the budget details, and the Board of Education Candidates. We encourage everyone who is eligible to vote to mail their completed ballots so we receive them by June 9th at 5 p.m.