Update from Superintendent Morgan 3/25/20

Update from Superintendent Morgan
Posted on 03/25/2020
Update from Superintendent Morgan

Dear Rondout Valley Families: 


These are difficult and unprecedented times for all of us, and especially for us in education. As we navigate through these shifting circumstances I would like to lay out where we have been and where we are headed. 

March 13, 2020 Superintendent Conference – Staff were asked to develop plans for at home instruction via printed materials and/or online instruction. These materials were to provide for skills and to prevent regression of learning. 


Week of March 16, 2020 through March 27, 2020 Materials were distributed either in a hard copy form or online via Google Classrooms. 


Week of March 23, 2020 through March 31, 2020 Instructional Staff will use this time to acquaint themselves with online instructional modalities such as Google Classroom, Zoom, and other online methods of delivering instruction. 


A survey will be sent out to families to help identify which students have devices and internet access to receive online instruction and we will develop a plan to distribute devices to students who do not have one at home. Once we have this information families will be notified on how to pick up a device if your child does not have one at home. 


If schools continue to be closed past March 31st, 2020, then on Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 we will start our online instruction and learning. All teachers will begin online instruction to the greatest extent possible given their grade level and subject area. This will look different for each grade level and subject area, but everyone will follow their regular daily schedule for their building. Our goal is to familiarize your student with the sites, resources and instructional materials that will be available to them, as well as review some of the material that has already been taught and learned. 


Progress Reports/Grading – 3rd quarter that is scheduled to end on April 3rd will now end April 10th. The 4th quarter will begin on April 13th and at that time new instruction will begin for the 4 th quarter. 


Most students have already used sources such as Google Classroom and other online resources in school and using them at home will be similar. The district is currently developing a district website, where you will find many helpful resources that will guide you and your student on the journey of online learning. Here we have placed links to resources, at-home worksheets and, in some cases, class specific work, all of which can be done from home. 


Special Education - Each building, in consultation with the PPS Office, will develop a plan for communication between the general education teachers and the special education teachers and service providers. Please check the district webpage for updates and contact information for inquiries. 


Some of your students’ teachers have already given out assignments that could be due in the next few days, so please make sure your students sign into their email. Making sure learning can continue through this unprecedented closure is very important to us and as a district we will do everything we can to ensure our students get the education they need and deserve. Our teachers, principals and staff are ready to do whatever it takes to help students succeed. 


Please remember, this is new to all of us and everything may not fall into place right away. If you need help, teachers are available by email and can assist you. We are all in this together and will get through it as a community. 


Very truly yours, 


Joseph Morgan, Superintendent