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Third quarter learning preference information

Jan. 4, 2021

Dear Heatly families,

I would like to thank you so much for your continued support and collaboration with the school.

As you are aware, we are asking families to commit to their learning choice (in-person or fully remote) each quarter. If you would like to change your child’s learning choice for the third quarter, you must notify the school no later than Friday, Jan. 8. If your child’s learning choice is remaining the same, you do not need to notify the school.

If your child is switching from remote instruction to in-person instruction, please call the school at (518) 273-1422 ext. 9 by Friday, Jan. 8. Students would return to school on Monday, Feb. 1.

If your child is switching from in-person to remote instruction, please review the guidelines, fill out this form and return it to the main office as soon as possible.

Additionally, as a reminder, you can transition to remote learning at any time by filling out the form linked above. If you transition to remote learning, you are committed for the entire quarter. If you are transitioning to remote learning for the remainder of the month, but would like to enroll your child for in-person learning for the third quarter (Feb. 1), please follow the steps outlined above.

If you would like additional information to make your decision, please review the CDC’s toolkit about making decisions on in-person learning.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Jodi Mazzeo
Pre-K-12 Principal


Remote Learning Information

If a parent or guardian determines that they prefer for the child to participate in a full remote learning setting, it must be noted that while remote instruction experience will be rigorous, it will not be equivalent to an on-site/in-person learning experience. The full remote learning setting will entail synchronous and asynchronous lessons and engagement. Students who participate in the full remote learning option must meet all criteria as outlined in New York State Education Department regulations. This includes daily virtual interactions with their instructors (per the schedule) and completion of all required course material.

Instructional areas of focus will be core areas of ELA, math, science and social studies and required courses for graduation. There will be limited elective offerings available in the full remote learning model.

Special Education Services for Students Receiving Entirely Virtual Instruction

The delivery of special education services to students who are participating in full remote learning will ensure that students have access to a free and appropriate public education. Special Education services will include both synchronous and asynchronous instruction. This will be achieved by using a variety of resources provided in collaboration with general education teachers to ensure educational materials are accessible, adapted, modified and appropriate in accordance with students’ IEPs. Lessons, tasks and activities will focus on student’s IEP goals and may include pre-recorded lessons, synchronous teaching and teacher-designed learning activities. Students will have access to daily contact with their Special Education case manager. Related services will be provided virtually as outlined on students’ IEPs.

Homeschooling

Families who prefer to not have their child attend the Green Island School District in-person or participate in the full remote learning option may also exercise their right to homeschool their child. For clarification, there is a distinct difference between homeschooling and full remote learning. Per NYSED Regulations, if a parent chooses to homeschool their child, they must submit an individualized home instruction plan (IHIP) to the superintendent for review. If approved by the superintendent, the parent is solely responsible to generate curriculums, lessons and assessments as outlined in the state regulations. The district is not responsible to supply materials or curriculum to any homeschool student. For more information, please visit the NYSED website.