Superintendent

Spring 2021

Dear Sackets Harbor Central School Community,

The start of 2021 proved to be somewhat challenging because of positive COVID-19 cases within the District.  On behalf of the Board of Education and all of us here at Sackets Harbor Central School District, I thank you for your patience and flexibility as we pivoted to the virtual teaching and learning environment in January.  It is important to understand that just a few positive cases has the potential to impact our staffing levels to a degree that makes operating very difficult in a small school district.  As I write this article in mid-February, I am hopeful that we will not have to take such measures again.  It will take all of us to keep us open.  We need to continue to wear our face coverings and practice social distancing consistently.  We need to stay home when we are sick and practice the hygiene measures which keep us healthy.  As a school community, we have done a terrific job so far and I thank you for your efforts.         

Usually, in this edition, we share all of the upcoming events and activities for the remaining months of the school year.  For a second year in a row, COVID-19 will thwart our normal routines and this will limit our interaction with the larger school community.  I miss seeing you all.  However, in our enduring Patriot-style, we will figure out how to persevere.   

As we move forward with our planning, there are uncertainties that I must bring to your attention.  We still do not know about the fate of 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Testing or the Regents Examinations.  The New York State Education Department has applied for a waiver from the United States Department of Education to exempt NY students from assessments for this school year as they cannot be administered fairly and safely.  However, as of the writing of this article, we still have not received a response and await the decision. 

We are also unsure about what the school budget and Board of Education vote will look on May 18, 2021.  As soon as we know if we are able to hold a COVID-compliant in-person budget vote and BOE election, we will keep you all informed.  Absentee ballots will be available and the District will soon share the process for requesting and mailing in absentee ballots.

Graduation 2021 is yet another uncertainty.  The date for our in-person graduation event, if it is permitted, will be Sunday, June 27, 2021.  I will be meeting with members of our graduation planning team to ensure that our celebration of the Class of 2021 will be one to remember!  This Class deserves the highest level of praise and admiration.  They have been denied a “normal” senior year, yet they remain positive and tenacious.  I am beyond proud of these young women and men.     

Please continue to follow our school news and activities by visiting our website at www.sacketspatriots.org or “like” us on Facebook and follow all the news from the Sackets Harbor Central School District.  I would like to thank you for sharing your child/ren with us.  This pandemic has proved more than ever before that our students make coming into work every day a most beautiful experience. 

Your Partner in Education,

 

Jennifer Gaffney



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