Reopening Update: Returning Student Registration Form to Include Questions About Family Attendance, Transportation Plans

Families urged to look for an e-mail later this month, complete process immediately

Families may recall that prior to the start of each school year, the district uses an online process to gather contact information and other important data to start the year. This year, the district is accelerating that process in order to gather critical information related to reopening our schools.

Families should look for an e-mail and text communication by the last week in July indicating that this process is underway. It will be essential that families complete the online registration form as soon as possible after it is available.

The COVID-19 pandemic requires schools to develop plans for multiple scenarios of reopening from remote learning only to being fully on-site with restrictions (e.g. social distancing and personal protective equipment such as masks for face coverings). A community-wide task force is working this summer on the district’s reopening plans and as part of the process is reviewing feedback from the June virtual learning surveys that included more than 1,200 family responses.

For planning purposes, we have added six new questions to the Returning Student Registration process. These questions cover topics such as family attendance plans, transportation, and internet access at home. The answers are not binding, but will give us information necessary to develop our reopening plans through the summer.

No decisions have been made about if and how school will reopen in September. In fact, Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced a timeline for key developments related to this decision (see below). The answers to the reopening questions that are part of the Returning Student Registration process will also drive district decision-making.

Governor Cuomo Announces Reopening Decision Timeline

At a press briefing on Wednesday, July 8, Gov. Cuomo announced the following timeline for decisions related to reopening schools:

  • Monday, July 13: State guidance issued to school districts
  • Friday, July 31: District reopening plans due to the state
  • August 1-7: State decision made on reopening

Other Reminders from the School District

School Campuses Remained Closed

All school facilities, both indoor and grounds, fields and playgrounds, remain closed to the public. Consistent with statewide guidance, the district has no ability to host or operate activities on school grounds, including those of outside groups, at this time. We continue to monitor all available guidance and will let you know as soon as this changes.

Summer Meal Programs Available in our Area

We continue to remind families and community members of several summer meal sites in our area, as detailed below. These programs are open to all and children do not need to bring anything with them to receive these grab & go meals.

Meal Program at St. Kateri’s

1801 Union Street
Monday through Friday
8:45 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.
Free Grab & Go Breakfast and Lunch Provided Each Day

SiCM Summer Meal Program

SiCM operates nearly 30 summer meal sites throughout Schenectady.
Monday through Friday
Free Grab & Go Breakfast and Lunch Provided Each Day
Meals are available for 30 minutes at each site.
Central Park Site – 11:30 a.m. to Noon
Full List of Sites & Schedule: https://www.sicm.us/what-we-do/summer-meals/