UPDATE APRIL 2: How the school closure affects spring break
Current status updates regarding COVID-19 (As of April 2)
- All FPCS classes are canceled until April 15. All school-sponsored activities, including interscholastic athletics, are canceled/postponed during this time. Students should continue their at-home learning on weekdays through Tuesday, April 14. If the closure is not extended, we will return to school on-site on Wednesday, April 15. There will also be classes on Thursday, April 16 and Friday, April 17, barring any changes.
- Families with internet access in grades 4-12 are able to borrow a Chromebook to support at-home learning. More info: https://www.fortplain.org/families-can-borrow-chromebooks/
- Each school has an online platform to share at-home learning resources with students and families.
- Harry Hoag Elementary School (PK-6) https://sites.google.com/fortplain.org/harry-hoag-at-home-learning-si/home
- Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School (7-12) https://sites.google.com/fortplain.org/srea.
- Meals are being provided to students ages 18 and younger while school is closed. For the full list of routes and locations, go to https://www.fortplain.org/to-go-meals/.
- Students and families should not visit campus unless it’s to pick up food or learning resources. District facilities, including school buildings, playgrounds and athletics facilities are otherwise closed.
- Emergency healthcare workers who need childcare can find more information here: https://www.fortplain.org/childcare-for-essential-healthcare-workers-first-responders/
Information for Families
Dear parents and guardians,
Schools have received guidance about how the school closures will affect our spring break, which was originally scheduled April 10-17.
As we previously shared, on March 27, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order closing schools until at least April 15. Schools are required to continue our at-home learning plan with teacher support, provide meals for students and connect families of emergency workers with childcare resources.
If the closure is not extended, we will return to school on-site on Wednesday, April 15. There will also be classes on Thursday, April 16 and Friday, April 17, barring any changes.
FPCS was originally scheduled to have Spring Break from April 10-17. However, the governor’s order includes language about exhausting vacation and snow days while school is closed in order for schools to receive state aid. We will continue to monitor all available guidance and directives and keep you informed if this changes.
We recognize that this is a challenging situation. We’re here to support you through it, and we know that you are managing many personal and professional responsibilities. We would like to remind you of something that we often tell our students: All we can do is our best. We’ll get through this together.
Thank you all for your continued patience, understanding and support.
Friday, March 27
Because of the ongoing COVID-19 public health situation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended an order today, March 27 for the continued statewide closing of schools. As such, Fort Plain schools are closed until April 15. The governor said he will reassess whether to extend the closures again before students are set to return.
Sporting practices and events, rehearsals, shows, school events, activities and after-school programs will continue to be canceled. We will continue our to-go meal program during this time. More information is available at https://www.fortplain.org/to-go-meals/.
Fort Plain was scheduled to have its Spring Break from April 10-17. The latest executive order clearly states that there will be no regular classes until April 15. There is, however, new language in this order about exhausting vacation and snow days. Fort Plain will await further guidance from New York State before making a determination regarding Spring Break. More information is expected early next week.
We know these are challenging times for our families, employees and our community, but we must do what we can to slow the spread of this virus. I encourage everyone to avoid close contact during this time and stay home whenever possible.
We continue to follow guidance from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), the New York Department of Health (NYDOH), New York Department of Education (NYSED) and our local county health department during this time.
Specifically, we continue to seek guidance from NYSED about how these circumstances will impact the school calendar for the remainder of the academic year, including Regents examinations and graduation. Please remember that these questions are being asked all across the country. Our district will do everything we can to support our students. We will share more information as soon as it is available.
State assessments for students in grades 3-8 have been suspended by NYSED. This includes assessments for English language arts, math and science, as well as the K-12 English as a Second Language assessment and the alternate assessment for students with severe cognitive disabilities.
The College Board, which administers Advanced Placement (AP) exams nationwide, has also announced that it will conduct online exams for the 2019-20 school year. The exam content will only cover material taught through early March.
Thank you for your continued patience and support. We will provide you with more information as it becomes available. We will continue to communicate with families via Remind texts and our website.
Acting Superintendent of Schools
- The Family Counseling Center has started “Warm Line.” It’s a hotline to support people dealing with anxiety and other issued related to COVID-19 and being isolated. Anyone who needs support is encouraged to call 518-725-4310 ext. 333. The hotline will operate 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. It is staffed by licensed family peer advocates who are equipped to assess the caller’s needs. The advocates have immediate access to the center’s 24/7 Crisis Team if someone needs additional support.
- Our local PBS station, WMHT Public Media, is offering an educational programming block targeted to support in-home learning for students in grades PK-12 while area schools are closed. For the complete programming schedule, related resources, and additional home learning opportunities, visit https://www.wmht.org/homeclassroom/. To find any WMHT channel on your television, visit https://www.wmht.org/findwmht/.
- Tips for talking with children about COVID-19/Coronavirus from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control
- Center for Disease Control
- New York State Department of Health
- Travel Precautions