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Updates from Superintendent Ross - state assessments, COVID screening event, travel guidance, tutoring pods and summer programming

March 22, 2021

Dear Heatly families,

I hope you are doing well and looking forward to the spring weather that is on the horizon. I have several updates that I would like to share with you.

State assessments

On Monday, March 15, the Board of Regents decided that should the waiver on state assessments be denied by the United State Department of Education, 3-8 New York state assessments will be shortened to one day. Students would take the part one assessment, which is less than an hour depending on the grade level. We will be reaching out to our fully remote learners to set up a time for them to enter the building and take the part one assessment.

View this presentation for more information about assessments.

Additionally, four regents exams (ELA, Algebra 1, Earth Science and Living Environment) would be administered statewide. Heatly would administer the ELA, Algebra 1 and Earth Science regents exams in June. No students are currently enrolled in Living Environment.

It is important to note that these assessments would not impact student’s grades. Instead, the assessments would help the district determine the impact the pandemic has had on students’ ability to learn grade level/course standards.

Additionally, due to the shift in the assessment schedule, we will continue to provide instruction for all K-12 students through Thursday, June 24 without a break in instruction. The district will not observe the traditional regents week in June.

COVID screening event Monday, April 12

In an effort to support our families, we are offering a COVID screening event on Monday, April 12 from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in the school parking lot. As we have done in the past, individuals who are tested will wait 15 minutes for their results. If the results are negative, individuals will be allowed to enter the building. A parent/guardian must be present to sign the consent forms.

Travel guidance

Please note that as of April 1, updated travel guidance will go into effect. Domestic travelers will no longer be required to quarantine after entering New York from another U.S. state or U.S. territory. The testing and quarantine requirements remain in effect if you are traveling internationally. Please view the latest travel information.

Tutoring pods for students in grades 7-12

We are pleased to announce that beginning Tuesday, March 30 we will be extending the instructional day until 2:30 p.m. for some students (grades 7-12) to attend tutoring pods. These extended days are being planned for Tuesdays and Thursdays for the remainder of the school year.

Some students may be required to attend the pods if they are in need of additional assistance to get on track academically or are taking one of the three regents exams. Tutoring pods are being created this week, and by the end of the week, families will be notified if their student is required to attend the pods on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Lunch will be provided for all students attending the pods.

Summer programming

I am excited to share that we are working on plans for summer programming for our all students. We anticipate the impact of the pandemic on their academic growth. We want to be able to support and prepare our scholars for the upcoming school year! We will share more details about this programming when it is finalized. Depending on your student’s progress, some 7-12 students may be required to attend summer programming. Determinations will be made in May.

I hope you are well and continue to stay healthy. Please continue to wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines. As always, I am here if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Kimberly Ross
Superintendent of Schools