Superintendent’s message: Remote learning option

Dear Schoharie CSD families,

As we reach the halfway point of summer, many of you may be wondering what the new school year will look like. If you are like families across the region, I’m sure you have some questions.

At Schoharie CSD, we are planning for a full return to school in September; however, at this time, we are awaiting guidance from the New York State Department of Health and Schoharie County health officials regarding protocols we must follow. Among the areas for which we need guidance are protocols for mask wearing, social distancing in classrooms, cafeterias and on school buses. This information is critical to our planning for a learning environment that keeps our students and staff safe and healthy. Once we receive this guidance we will be able to formulate a detailed, realistic plan that we will share with you. We are hopeful that the guidance is released soon.

I can share that Schoharie CSD is planning to participate in the remote instructional model being coordinated through Capital Region BOCES. More detail about this model will be available soon, but the intent is to provide a fully remote, full year K-12 program for those families who may wish to consider that option for medical reasons. This model will provide instruction that will align to the New York State Learning Standards and will be offered to students from multiple school districts taught by New York State certified, highly-qualified teachers with experience teaching in a remote environment.

In the coming days and weeks, you’ll receive information that’s specific to your students’ individual building as well as updates from me regarding the new school year. In the meantime, if you believe your child(ren) will need to take advantage of the fully-remote option for school in September for medical reasons, please let us know by completing this survey,

Thank you for your patience as we get closer to welcoming your children back to learning.

David Blanchard, Superintendent of Schools