If after reading the FAQs and responses you have additional questions, please contact Communications Specialist Robert Hanlon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: How long are classes canceled?
Per Governor Coumo’s March 16 directive, New York state school classes are canceled for two weeks beginning Wednesday, March 18. For Scotia-Glenville, that means classes are cancelled until at least March 31, though it will likely be extended as that time approaches. If that directive is not extended, classes would resume on Wednesday, April 1.
Q: Are there learning opportunities for students during the class cancellation period?
Yes. Scotia-Glenville faculty worked together to develop a list of materials and activities to keep students engaged during this school shutdown. These will be updated during the shutdown period. Those K-12 learning resources are here.
In addition, some faculty are using Google Classroom to communicate with students.
We realize that this is a difficult situation for parents and guardians in the community. We hope you will do your best to ensure that your student works through the resources for their grade level. We understand that some community members have issues with internet access in their homes.
If you have any questions pertaining to your child’s education, please contact your building Principal or the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Karen Swain at 518-347-3600 ext. 72101.
Q: What if I don’t have online access to the materials?
On Monday, March 23, we will have K-12 academic packets available for pickup or delivery. Printed materials are only provided to families without online access at this time.
If you are interested in picking up a packet, please call or email your building principal and secretary to arrange (contact information is below). We will leave the grade level materials outside at the time arranged with the main office.
These materials are intended to supplement online resources for our families without online access or access to a printer.
The school district will also have resources available for pick up at the food grab-and-go every weekday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the high school. You do not need an appointment if you come for food. We will have resources there.
- High School– Providing resources for classes that end in a Regents
- Middle School– ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies
- Elementary Schools -ELA, Math and Fundations
Here is how to contact the schools:
- High School – 518-347-3600 option 6 or email email@example.com
- Middle School – 518-347-3600 option 5 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Glendaal Elementary School – 518-347-3600 option 1 or email email@example.com
- Glen-Worden Elementary School – 518-347-3600 option 2 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lincoln Elementary School – 518-347-3600 option 3 or email email@example.com
- Sacandaga Elementary School – 518-347-3600 option 4 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: Do my children need to complete the work assigned by their teachers?
Scotia-Glenville students and families are strongly encouraged to work through the K-12 learning resources for the student’s specific grade. That is the only way they will be better prepared once school resumes. It’s important that students stay on track with their grade and course requirements. If your children need help completing the assignments, please reach out to their teachers for guidance.
Q: How do I best keep track of what my child is working on and the academic progress they are making while at home?
Parents should review the K-12 learning resources with their students. Click on the grade level or subject link that pertains to your student. Review the posted information with your student.
Teachers may also be emailing students directly. Ask your child to share these correspondences with you. If you require more information, please contact your child’s teacher via email and they will respond directly to your questions.
Q: Will students still be required to take the NYS exams?
The state has canceled all New York State Grades 3-8 English Language Arts Test; New York State Grades 3-8 Mathematics Test; New York State Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science Test; New York State Grade 8 Intermediate-Level Science Test; New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) in Grades K-12; and New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) for students with severe cognitive disabilities in Grades 3-8 and high school. As for the NYS Regents exams in June, the state has not issued guidance at this point.
Q: What resources can I use to support my child if they are experiencing anxiety regarding the current situation?
There are a variety of online resources for talking to children about this topic. Here are several:
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource (National Association of School Psychologists)
- Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus
- Coping with Stress During an Infectious Disease Outbreak
- Talking to Kids about Coronavirus by The Child Mind Institute
- The Secret to Keeping Your Kids Happy, Busy and Learning if Their School Closes During Coronavirus
- Online Resource of Learning Activities and Games for kids
- Managing Anxiety and Stress from the CDC
- Social Story Explaining the Coronavirus
- Care tips for your coronavirus anxiety
Additionally, our school social workers can be reached via email.
Q: What if my children need their school supplies, books, or binders to complete assignments? Can we enter the school to collect those items?
Our main office staff are in the schools and will be able to assist you. Please call the main office to make appropriate arrangements. School offices will be open until 1 p.m. each day starting on Monday, March 23.
Q: Will the class cancellations impact April break?
At this point, the shutdown is for two weeks changed to through March 31. If it is extended, more information will be forthcoming at that time in relation to the April break, scheduled for April 10-17. If the shutdown is extended by two weeks, that would include part of that break. At this point, the required 180 days of instructional time for students has been waived.
Q: Will the cancelled classes need to be made up during the summer months?
As of today, we do not anticipate that the 2019-20 school year will be extended beyond Thursday, June 25, which is the last day of school. We will continue to seek guidance from the State Education Department.
Q: Can my child use the school playgrounds and fields to get exercise?
No. In an effort to adhere to the recommended social distancing, all of our campuses, athletic fields and playgrounds are closed to the public. Our security staff will be monitoring our campus.
Q: How do students receive meals while classes are cancelled?
Breakfast and lunch is available to all students from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays. The pick-up location for these meals will be the High School, 1 Tartan Way (Sacandaga Road) in the side parking lot, which will be marked as a designated area for this purpose.
This process will be on a “grab & go” basis. Offerings will include bagels, cereal, muffins, and cheese for breakfast and sandwiches, fruits, vegetables, milk, and pizza for lunch. The district can accommodate dietary requests such as gluten free meals with advance notice by calling 518-347-3600, ext. 71100.
Cars will pull into a line in the High School parking lot and district staff will deliver the meals directly to the cars. At this time, we will be providing meals on a daily basis and will update our families if and when this changes.
If you are in need of food for your children but cannot come to the high school, we will have food delivered to you. Simply contact the District Office at 518-347-3600, ext. 71100.
Q: Will the district still hold Board of Education meetings?
At this time, the plan is for the Board of Education to meet, perhaps remotely, to conduct business. A waiver of the Open Meetings Law allows these meetings to be held without public participation. The agendas will be provided as in the past; if there is a link to a video meeting, that will be posted on the agenda for that evening. Minutes will be available after the meeting, as they typically are. Community members can request an audio recording of any meeting that is not available as a video..
Q: How will the school district communicate with us during this situation?
As has been our practice, Scotia-Glenville will post information to the website, ScotiaGlenvilleSchools.org, and through Blackboard Connect. The school district will not use social media for these announcements. The telephone and email information in Blackboard Connect system is taken directly from the PowerSchool student data system unless you have set up your own Blackboard Connect account and “associated” with your student.