Coronavirus update – April 6 – Schools closed through Apr. 29, no June Regents Exams, BKW Internet hotspots available, Governor’s order re continuity of learning

April 6, 2020 – 1 p.m. – Governor extends closure through April 29; June Regents Exams canceled

Governor Cuomo has extended the closure of schools and nonessential businesses through April 29 to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. School would resume on Thursday, April 30.

The June 2020 Regents exams have been canceled,

Students who were registered in a class that was supposed to end with a Regents examination this June will get the Regents credit if they pass the class. Remember, passing the class will be based on students’ grades plus the students’ participation in lessons and completion of assigned tasks since March 13. If the class teacher does not think that a student has learned enough, based on participation frequency and or the student’s failure to complete assignments since March 13, the student will be given an incomplete (INCP). The student will then be required to attend summer school to earn the credit for the class and credit for the Regents examination. Failure to successfully complete summer school will result in the student having to repeat the course during the 2020-2021 school year and sit the Regents examination in June 2021. It of utmost importance that parents see to it that your child is regularly participating in and completing assignments at this time.

April 1, 2020 – 1 p.m. – Governor orders continuity of instruction

BKW Hotspot points located around the school district to assist with internet access:

  • Westerlo Town Park
  • Green Acres
  • Berne Senior Center
  • Knox Town Highway Garage
  • Old East Berne Fire Department (across from Dollar General)

1. Schools district vehicles will park at each location with a hotspot device
2. Password for the device will be posted on the window of the vehicle
3. Hotspots available daily from 9:30 am-12:30 pm and 2:30 pm-5:30 pm

Additional existing hotspots:

  • Berne Public Library
  • BKW Elementary Parking Lot
  • Knox Town Hall (password- knox)

March 31, 2020 – 2 p.m.

On March 27, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order closing schools until at least April 15. During this time, schools are required to provide continuity of instruction, meals for students and information on available childcare resources every weekday, including days originally part of the previously scheduled spring break.
 
BKW teachers have been sharing learning resources with our students and connecting with our parents and guardians throughout the school closure period. On April 1, teachers will be providing instruction, using approved platforms, that will move our students and classes forward by introducing the teaching of new content. Teachers and staff will continue to provide equal access to all students and collaborate to best meet individual student needs.
 
It is very important to know that we expect all students to make every reasonable effort to engage in these learning opportunities. Students’ work will be assessed to determine if they have demonstrated evidence of learning pertaining to essential content, concepts and skills. If a student has not yet demonstrated this level of understanding, teachers will designate their progress as “incomplete,” and will provide additional opportunities for them to resubmit work.
 
College-level and AP classes may be handled differently based on the direction provided by associated institutions and the College Board. Students who owe third-quarter work prior to March 13 should work with their teachers to make up that work.
 
We appreciate the valuable role that our parents and guardians play in educating our children, as well as the challenges they may face. We value your partnership as we move forward in doing what is best for our students.
 
To stay up to date about the latest news and resources related to the COVID-19 situation, please continue to visit this webpage for information about:
·        Instructional resources and information for students and families;
·        Meal distribution times and locations; and
·        Childcare resources for families of essential workers.
 
We understand the stress that may be caused by the current situation. Please know that we are here to support you. Parents and guardians have to manage many personal and professional responsibilities. As we often tell our students, we can try to make each day the best one possible, while working through our challenges together. 
 
Thank you for your continued patience, understanding and support.
 
Sincerely,
Dr. Timothy Mundell
Superintendent of Schools

Links to important BKW resources

March 29, 2020 – Noon

Annual school budget votes across the state are postponed until at least June 1, under an executive from Gov. Andrew Cuomo that extends and expands restrictions aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19.
 
School budget votes were scheduled for mid May – the state’s next scheduled mass voting event – but were delayed by Cuomo until at least June 1 and potentially longer.
 
“Any school board, library board, or village election scheduled in April or May of 2020 is hereby postponed until June 1, 2020,” according to the executive order.
 
The order also indefinitely postpones collection and filing of nominating petitions for school board elections, which are also delayed until at least June 1. The order advised that the elections were “subject to further directive as to the timing, location or manner of voting for such elections.”

March 27, 2020 – 4 p.m.

Dear BKW parents and guardians, 

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today, March 27, that schools in New York State will remain closed until April 15. Sporting practices and events, rehearsals, shows, school events, activities and after-school programs will also continue to be canceled during this time.

Information about meals, child care for essential workers and the latest updates concerning the ongoing COVID-19/Coronavirus situation may be found on this website.

We will continue to follow guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the New York State Department of Health, New York State Department of Education (NYSED) and the Albany County Public Health Department.

Specifically, school leaders continue to closely monitor guidance from NYSED about how these circumstances will impact the school calendar for the remainder of the academic year, including Regents examinations and graduation. We will share more information as soon as it is available.

Thank you for your continued patience and support. We will provide you with more information as it becomes available and continue to communicate with families via email, phone calls and our website.

Sincerely,
Dr. Timothy Mundell
Superintendent of Schools

March 17, 2020

Dear BKW parent, guardian, staff member,

Please note that due to Coronavirus health concerns and a directive by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, all district schools and offices are now closed until Wednesday, April 1st. Only “essential” workers will be reporting during this time.

Breakfast and lunch deliveries to families will go on as scheduled during this time.

If you need to contact someone related to a school matter or an emergency, please do so by calling the Office of the Superintendent of School at 518-872-1293 or email:

We will be either responding directly, or passing the message to the appropriate person to handle the issue. Please continue to check the district website frequently for news and updates.

Testing information

President Trump made a statement today cancelling Grades 3-8 Assessments which has led to NYSED informing districts of the cancellation of the ELA and Math Assessments and the grades 4 and 8 Science Assessments. The NYS Alternative Assessments have also been cancelled. There has been NO word on NYS Regents exams scheduled for June.
In the meantime be well and for the most current and accurate information about the Coronavirus please visit: www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus

 

Sincerely,
Dr. Timothy Mundell
BKW Superintendent of Schools