March 30 Update from NCS
March 30, 2020
Dear Naples Family:
On Friday, I let you know that Governor Cuomo had extended the school closure through at least April 14. While the order helps with planning, it also presents a new set of challenges when transitioning from what we hoped might be a brief pause in the academic year to a longer shutdown. As we begin our third week away from students, I wanted to take a minute to pass along a few updates that might be helpful in the days ahead.
In addition to phone calls, emails, and social media posts, we have begun using Facebook Live as a way of connecting with our school community. If you are free tomorrow afternoon, I would invite you to visit our Facebook page at 3:00 p.m. for a conversation with NCS staff members focused on staying happy and healthy during challenging times. In addition, if your sons and daughters might be interested in hearing our teachers read a handful of great stories, we would encourage them to tune in at 3:00 p.m. on both Wednesday and Friday of this week.
We continue to deliver breakfast and lunch packages to families on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. If you or someone you know might like regular meals delivered for district residents ages 0-18, we would ask that you fill out the brief survey that is available on the NCS homepage.
This is the time of year when families schedule appointments for UPK registration. However, because of the closure, we will be cancelling our original registration date and looking for another opportunity later on this spring. In the meantime, we would suggest giving Mrs. Myers a call at 585-374-7952 to request a copy of the registration paperwork.
For every week that school is closed, it becomes more and more important for students to participate in the learning activities designed by our faculty and staff. If we notice that we have not heard from your child in a day or two, we will be reaching out directly to see what we can do to help them to re-engage. Because information related to COVID-19 continues to change by the day, we want to make sure our learners are well-positioned to reach the important learning outcomes established by the State Education Department by the end of the year.
School Budget Vote and Board Elections
Because of concerns related to social distancing, Governor Cuomo recently issued a new Executive Order postponing all school budget votes and board member elections until at least June 1.
Finally, I wanted to end my message with a bit of good news. Yesterday, we learned that for the second year in a row, NCS had been recognized as a “Top Workplace 2020” by The Democrat and Chronicle. Although not a surprise, the announcement was a reminder that we are all blessed to be associated with such a special school district.
On behalf of our entire school family, please know that we are humbled and grateful for your support during this difficult time. We wish we were back at school, and look forward to the day when your children are once again walking the halls at NCS.
Say the work if there is anything we can do to help.
Matt Frahm, Superintendent