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Survey Results, Re-Entry Update, and a Special BOE Meeting

July 24, 2020

Dear Lake George CSD Families and Staff, 

I am writing with an update about our efforts to reopen our school buildings and facilities at LGCSD. As you are probably aware, school districts in NYS received guidance from the NYS Education Department and NYS Department of Health on Friday, July 17, 2020. The K-12 COVID Steering Committee, which consists of representative stakeholders in our school community, worked in five subgroups to address all elements of the LGCSD Reopening Plan. Using results of the Family and Staff Surveys along with the guidance from NYSED, the Steering Committee was guided by the essential pillars of health and safety, equity and access, social emotional wellness, connection, engagement and teaching and learning as it relates to our students, faculty, staff, and community. The work that was accomplished was complex, and the decisions to be made are difficult. However, I am confident that Lake George CSD has the best people working on these plans who have the best interests of the students and this community in mind.  

Please mark your calendars! We are planning a virtual special Board of Education meeting on Thursday, July 30 from 6-9 p.m. The focus of the special BoE meeting will be solely on safe re-entry back to school. We plan to review the LGCSD “ease-in” start to school proposal and we invite your feedback and input and partnerships as we move forward. In addition, we will review the mandated models required by each district should they be needed throughout the school year due to NYSED or State mandate or health situations at LGCSD. The following plans have been developed and will be shared for both LGES and the Jr- Sr High School: 

  • In-person 
  • Remote 
  • Hybrid

The district is required to submit a Reopening Plan to NYS by July 31, 2020. The plan will be communicated to parents and community members on the district website on Monday, August 3, 2020. Parents and guardians can expect many ensuing communications over the following weeks regarding necessary policies, procedures, and protocols. Please keep in mind that Governor Cuomo is expected to make a decision on the reopening of schools by the end of the first week of August. While we have no control over the Governor’s decision, we can guarantee our commitment to you, to our students, and to a safe learning environment for all. 

Please know that we are leaving no stone unturned when it comes to the health and safety of your children and all our staff members. 

In addition, the district received 414 responses to the “Return to School Survey for Families” and 94 responses to the “Return to School Survey for Staff,” the results for both are included here for your review. Thank you for your participation.

Sincerely,

Lynne Rutnik