Lastest Postings re: Coronavirus
April 1, 2020
From John Xanthis, Superintendent
As you are aware, Governor Cuomo has extended school closures through April 14th. In addition, the Governor has ordered districts to provide remote instruction for students, meals for students, and childcare for essential workers every weekday between April 1, 2020 and April 14, 2020, even if the district is scheduled to be on spring break during that time.
In order to comply with the instructional piece of this mandate, Valley Central teachers will continue to provide meaningful learning/instructional activities throughout this time period and will be available to answer questions and provide feedback. In the event the Governor extends school closures past April 14th, Valley Central will begin a new on-line instructional plan on Wednesday, April 15th. More information about the new plan will follow, however it is important for you to know that secondary students should use this time up until April 14th to complete any missed assignments for the third quarter in order to improve their third quarter grade.
We will also continue to provide meals and offer a childcare plan for essential workers. Breakfast and Lunch are available Monday - Friday through April 3rd, and then Monday - Thursday (Thursday's meal pack will also include Friday’s meal) through April 14th (drive-through or walk-up). The sites are:
9:45 am-10:15 am: Sleepy Hollow Trailer Park, Coldenham
10:30-12 Noon: ALC @ Maybrook, East Coldenham Elementary, Walden Elementary, VCMS
If you are an essential worker who needs childcare, please fill out this survey and we will be in touch with you as soon as possible.
While the governor has said he will reassess the situation at the end of the current closure period we do know looking forward, that according to the latest Governor’s executive order, that on Memorial Day weekend we can only be out of school on Monday, May 25th, as we must use the previously scheduled days to meet our 180 day requirement. We wanted to give you advance notice of this.
We are in uncharted territory and are doing our best to meet the mandates handed down to us by New York State, as we get them. This sometimes changes daily. We are committed to keeping you as best informed as we can. We are all in this together and we want you to know we are here to support you as best we can.
From: Ellen McGoldrick, District Clerk
A Special Meeting of the Board of Education is scheduled to take place on Friday, April 3, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Due to an abundance of caution
with regard to the spread of COVID-19, and in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12th Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily
suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in-person access to public meetings, this special meeting of the Board of Education
of the Valley Central School District will be convened via teleconference call.
The public is cordially invited to listen to or observe the public business being discussed by the Board of Education by accessing the District’s
Facebook page where we will provide a live audio stream of the meeting, which will be recorded and later transcribed.”
The Board of Education Budget Work Session scheduled for April 2nd, has been canceled.
Academic Plan In Case of Emergency Shutdown
Childcare for Essential Workers
As you know, school districts in New York State are currently closed for an extended period of time. One of our priorities as a school community is to ensure our families/caregivers who have been deemed essential workers by the Governor of New York State, have necessary child care supports in place so they can continue working outside of the home during the extended school closure.
We are currently working on a plan by partnering with Childcare Providers in our Community for those of you who need our help. If you are a first responder or health care provider who requires child care support during Valley Central’s current extended school closure, please take a few minutes to complete this survey so the District can assist you. Please click here to access the survey.
In addition, if there is anything that our school district can help you with, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will use every resource we have available to us to try to help. Thank you, to all our families, for your support and partnership as we continue to navigate unchartered territory.
Grab and Go Meals are available to anyone in need. Breakfast and Lunch is provided every Monday through Thursday (Friday's meals are included with Thursday) from 10:30 am - 12 Noon at four locations in the district. The locations are:
- ALC at Maybrook - Handicapped Ramp (2nd front entrance)
- East Coldenham Elementary School- Bus Lane
- Walden Elementary School- Maple Street
- Valley Central Middle School- side parking lot
We are at Sleepy Hollow Trailer Park in Coldenham (inside the gate) the same days from 9:45-10:15 AM.
It doesn't matter which school your child attends, or if you have a child in school. Meals are given to anyone in need.
It is drive-up or walk-up.
Backpack Snack Attack is being delivered to our families who usually receive it during this crisis.
Social Emotional Resources
Students are likely experiencing strong, complex emotions. Simply shifting schedules can feel like a huge disruption in a child’s life. We amassed a few great resources to help parents and teachers support students as they acknowledge and move through confusing feelings.
These challenging times may change the way we’re providing care, but not our commitment to providing it.
We know that COVID-19 has increased stress and anxiety for everybody, and people with pre-existing mental health concerns are particularly vulnerable.
That’s why, beginning at noon on Monday, March 23rd, we will be launching a Virtual Mental Health and Substance Use Urgent Care. Therapy, psychiatry, and peer support services will be available by phone and through telemedicine, 24/7 to adults and children, regardless of insurance or ability to pay. For help, call 888-750-2266, option 2.
Feeling Stressed About Coronavirus (COVID-19)? Managing Anxiety in an Anxiety-Provoking Situation
New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH)
NYS Office of Mental Health: Emotional Support Line
OMH Emotional Support Line: 844-863-9314
For Children: on the topic of the Coronavirus
Health Department Resources
Past VCSD Updates