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    April 1, 2020


    Good afternoon everyone,


    I hope you are all continuing to stay healthy and safe at home.


    As I previously shared, Governor Andrew Cuomo has extended the period of state-wide school closure until April
    14, 2020. Within this mandate is the requirement that school districts continue to provide food service, child care
    options and instruction throughout this time period- regardless of whether or not the district was scheduled to be
    on spring break during any of this time. The Newfane Central School District will comply with the governor’s
    orders- our teachers will continue to provide instructional materials for our students, in spite of our previously
    scheduled break, for the period of mandatory closure (April 6 through April 14). And we will continue food
    service and child care during this time as well.


    Our Elementary teachers have been busy this week gathering additional materials for our grades PreK through 4 th
    students. Those packets are being assembled right now, and will be available for pick up at the Elementary
    School on Friday during the regular food distribution hours of 10:00am until 2:00pm. Anyone who is unable to
    pick up their child’s instructional materials during this time is asked to contact the elementary school to arrange
    delivery. Packet pick-up will be facilitated in the parking lot similarly to the previous pick-up arrangements.


    Most of our middle and high school students will continue to receive their instructional materials electronically
    through the Chromebooks and Google Classroom arrangements already established by their teachers. Anyone
    who is having difficulty with this arrangement is asked to contact their building principal, who can work with you
    to find a viable solution. In the rare instance where packets are necessary at these grade levels, those packets will
    also be available at the Elementary for pick up on Friday.


    I know there are still many questions people have regarding how this unprecedented situation will impact our
    students and their education moving forward, especially for our high schoolers. AP exams, Regents exams,
    earning course credit, grade level advancement, spring sports, graduation, prom- these are all areas where we
    await further guidance and answers from the NY State Education Department and others. As we get more
    information, I will pass it along as quickly and concisely as possible.


    As I’ve said before, this is new territory for all of us and we are all in this together- and “Together We Can”
    weather this storm and end up the stronger for it.

    Sincerely,

     

    Michael J. Baumann
    Superintendent of Schools

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  • Supervision of the Children of Essential Health Care Workers and First Responders

  • Food Service

  • Use of Chromebooks at Home

  • Appropriate Use of Technology

  • Continuation of Learning and Ongoing Communication

  • Instructional Materials Distribution for Students - Friday, April 3 & Monday, April 6, 2020

  • Information and Building Accessibility

  • Building Sanitization and Disinfection