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Superintendent's Corner

Superintendent's Update LiveStream


August 2021

Dear Royal Families:

After the challenges of the past eighteen months through the COVID-19 pandemic, I hope you had time this summer to rest and recharge.  The early summer months of June and July were joyous with low infection rates, restrictions lifted and confidence that life was resuming to “normal”.  Many of us scheduled travel, saw distant relatives again for the first time and thought the new school year would resume to a pre-pandemic routine.  

Unfortunately, we are now faced with new challenges brought on by breakthrough infections and the Delta variant. At our recent Board of Education meeting, we presented a plan for universal masking regardless of vaccination status for staff and students, three feet social distancing when possible and a return to full in-person instruction. Our plan is based upon local, federal and state guidance; as well as the school mask mandate issued Friday afternoon by the New York Department of Health.  A full copy of our plan can be read on our website.

Although you may feel frustrated and experience some COVID fatigue, we must remain diligent as we begin this new school year.  Our schools may not feel completely “normal” yet, but we are certainly moving in the right direction.  We will begin with these restrictions; however, as the year progresses things could change.  Think of all the positives for September that we are starting with - all of our students in attendance, every day in-person. We have already begun fall athletic seasons and expect to resume extracurricular clubs in-person. We have an FDA approved vaccine and two more expected. I believe we are more prepared than ever.  We have an entire year of experiences to draw from and feel confident we can keep our schools open for our students. 

Throughout the summer, our facilities, technology, clerical and administrative staff members have been working to prepare for the safe opening of school for students on Thursday, September 2.  Our instructional staff will be participating in conference days this week and have been busy setting up their classrooms for learning. Our buildings and staff are ready to start another successful year. 

Welcome back Royals!


Jessica Schmettan
Superintendent of Schools

Saturday, October 16, 2021