New York Schools Will Remain Closed for 2019-2020 School YearOn Friday, May 1, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that all schools in New York State will stay closed for the remainder of the school year and continue distance learning. While we are waiting for the official executive order making the closure official, I wanted to reach out to let you know how this will impact us here in the North Syracuse Central School District.
I became an educator knowing that my career would be built around students, teachers and schools. The future I pictured for myself did not include the empty buildings, silent classrooms or deserted desks that now stand alone, separated from their former life-giving inhabitants. This is not how our schools are supposed to be. Our buildings are meant to be full – full of students, teachers, learning and alive with activity.
Without a doubt, COVID-19 has brought about some unprecedented changes and challenges. We are literally watching our lives change on a daily – sometimes hourly – basis. That change is hard. Not knowing what will happen next is hard. While today’s news is not what we were hoping for, it is not unexpected.
This virus has changed everything and we are being forced to adjust. Our hearts go out to all of the students, teachers and families that have lost something through this. The 2019-2020 school year will come to a close with shuttered doors but the North Syracuse Central School District will not remain closed forever. As required, we will come up with a plan to reopen safely.
I want to thank you all for everything you have done throughout this closure. We will continue to provide meals to our families and will make additional learning resources available. Additionally, we will continue communicating important news via email, text message and through social media.
To that end, I want to encourage you to help us communicate with you. Click here to learn about SchoolMessenger, the District’s telephone, email and text alert system. Please take a moment to review the information and ensure that we are able to reach out to you in the ways that work for you. I also encourage you to follow the District on Facebook (@NSyracuseCSD) and Twitter (@NSyracuseCSD) as we share important information on our social media sites as well.
Daniel D. Bowles, Superintendent of Schools
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