From the Superintendent's Desk

Waterford-Halfmoon UFSD

July 22, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

     I hope this letter finds you well and safe during these unprecedented times.  The challenges of dealing with COVID-19 have not only impacted the entire world but also our community and our school district.  During the month of July, I have been working closely with our administrative team to create a plan/framework for returning to school this September.  This plan is grounded in providing a safe learning environment for all staff and students.  On Tuesday, July 21st, a Reopening Committee made up of Waterford-Halfmoon staff members, administrators, Board of Education members, school nurses, and parents met to review the initial plans for returning to school.  The committee gave valuable input and will continue to help our district develop the reopening plan.  We will continue to revise our plan in the weeks ahead. At this point in the planning process the general framework for the reopening of school in September has all students in grades K-5 returning to school "in-person" every day, Monday through Friday.  Our 6-12 student population will return to school on a "hybrid" schedule where students will attend school "in-person" every other day.  On the days a student is not in school, they will be required to engage in learning remotely through a format of virtual learning.  All plans, K-12, for "in-person" learning will meet all NYS Department of Health guidelines for social distancing and recommended safety protocols for returning to school.  

     For planning purposes, it is vital that all parents complete an initial survey that will assist our committee in finalizing plans for the reopening of school. This survey has been sent to your email address that our school has on file. If you did not receive our survey link email, please use the following link to log on and complete the survey,  If you are unable to access this link, please contact your child's elementary or high school office to request a link for the survey.  It is very important that we have a survey completed for each and every student in our District.  Parents are requested to complete a survey for each of their children enrolled at Waterford-Halfmoon UFSD.  Please complete the survey no later than 8:00 a.m., Monday, July 27th.

    New York State has required that each district submit their reopening plan no later than July 31st. Our District's plan will be ready by the end of July. Once the plan is completed, we will submit it to New York State as well as post it on our district's website. It should also be noted that Governor Cuomo has indicated that he will make a determination as to whether schools can reopen no later than August 7th.    

    In an effort to communicate to all parents and students the framework for returning to school, we will hold virtual grade-level meetings with all parents/students to explain, in detail, what the start of the school year will look like.  These meetings will be held in mid-August when and if the Governor has determined that it is safe to return to school.  

    Thank you to all our students and their families for your continued patience during these challenging times.  

Patrick H. Pomerville
Superintendent of Schools