The onset of the global coronavirus pandemic has changed life as we know it. Things are certainly different in school. In a very short period of time faculty and staff in your school district rallied to create instructional continuity plans that will help keep students connected to learning as we weather the crisis. Our teachers have designed some creative methods to provide instruction digitally or in a paper-based format.
Our primary channel of communication is the school district website. We have used our email and text message mass notification system to keep parents and students apprised of changing developments in real time. If parents have yet to register for our mass communication emails and text messages, you can visit this site for directions: http://bit.ly/CCSDNotify.
This is a time of high anxiety and I want to reassure parents that our goal during the crisis is to keep students connected to learning and do the best everyone can do with the remote instruction. We do not want to overburden families with difficult to manage expectations. Our faculty will be flexible and we want all parties to be comfortable with the fact that students can only do what they can.
The social and emotional health of our students, as well as their physical health, is a top priority. We have resources to assist students and families posted on our website and our counselors and psychologists will have “office hours” for connecting with students. Please call your child’s principal with questions or if you need assistance.
Clarence High School is our central distribution point for providing breakfast and lunch. Parents or students can pick up lunch for the day and breakfast for the next day at our drive-through setup located at the main entrance to Clarence High School daily from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm.
We have distributed a large number of computers to students. If your child needs a computer, please contact your child’s principal.
Beginning on March 23, 2020, all four elementary schools and Clarence Middle School will be locked and no staff will be in attendance. The District Office and the Special Education Office, both located at Clarence High School, will be open with essential staff only. Phones from all the buildings will be forwarded to a central switchboard in the District Office.
Our regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting will be held on April 6, 2020, but will be closed to the public.
Please stay well and continue to check our website for further information.
Geoffrey M. Hicks, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools