- Pine Plains Central School District
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Dear Parents and Community:
As I write this message, we are in the final process of getting ready to open school. This promises to be the most unusual school opening in my fifty plus years in education. After a great deal of deliberation, the Board of Education with my recommendation decided that we would open in a full remote learning environment. The decision was based on too much uncertainty with respect to the health risk to students and staff for in-person learning.
We have committed to reviewing this decision after the first five weeks of school and if the situation warrants phasing in a hybrid format of both in-person and remote learning. We plan to work hard to bring students back to our school buildings as quickly as the public health situation allows.
I must share that our staff has been tremendous during this emergency situation. Our teachers, teaching assistants and aides stepped up to provide virtual learning last spring with no notice and worked over the summer to plan for a comprehensive remote learning program when we reopen school.
Our support staff has also gone above and beyond the call of duty. The custodial and maintenance staff learned new procedures to ensure people in our building are as safe as possible. Our food service personnel provided meals to our students all summer and will continue to do so as we reopen. Our transportation staff are prepared to provide safe transportation as we phase in the return to our buildings. Our clerical staff assisted us in meeting the many new requirements that we are facing. Finally, the administrators worked all summer to get ready for the September opening.
These circumstances have been challenging, to say the least. We will meet that challenge with your help and support.
Stay safe and be well.
Dr. Martin D. Handler