District Update, April 15, 2021
Dear Rhinebeck families,
On Tuesday night I provided an update to the Board of Education regarding our continued rollout of increased in-person learning for our students in the middle and high schools. This update included an overview of our plans that were approved by the local Department of Health, a discussion about guidance documents, and a summary of the mitigation factors being used to make these changes. Communication will continue to come from our building Principals with more details around these plans, but we are thrilled to continue to welcome more students back to our buildings for additional in-person learning. This is an ongoing process that has been, and will be, in a continuous state of evolution and improvement across the district. I salute our talented faculty, administrators, and professional staff for their commitment, flexibility, creativity, and optimism – all of which has been the engine for success.
Also during the Board of Education meeting, the BOE Strategic Planning Committee discussed the planning for the Fall of 2021. Based on the current guidance around school operations, and our confidence that schools are able to employ effective mitigation practice, we are developing our plans for the Fall around a full-time return of all students in all three buildings, five days a week for full school days. To whatever extent the district is mandated to provide remote learning, we will join a collaborative with Dutchess County BOCES to be the provider of those online services. Certainly there will be additional layers of work ahead of us, but we are hoping that early communication will help to generate thoughtful discourse and assist in the transition back into a more familiar school year for our families and our students.
June 18, 2021 Calendar Revision and 2021-2022 District Calendar
Also, the Board took action this week to apply the one unused emergency closing day to Friday June 18, 2021 in observance of Juneteenth which occurs on the following Saturday. With legislative action from New York State, Juneteenth will be observed statewide in future years and the State Education Department has already confirmed no exams will be scheduled for the observed holiday. The currently approved calendar for next school year, is available here: 2021-2022 Calendar
Board of Education Livestreaming
I have included the link to the Board of Education livestream referenced above here: April 13 Board of Education Meeting. A copy of the presentation slide deck is available here: Slide Presentation, April 13. I hope that it facilitates communication and clarity. Each Board of Education meeting includes a Report of the Superintendent that comprises district updates and all meetings will be livestreamed.
Links to the current livestream are always available under the Board of Education tab on the Upcoming Board Meeting Documents page on the district website. There are a series of presentations on the 2021-2022 School Budget that took place over the course of four meetings, each of which are posted here and also embedded and discussed in those meeting recordings. Recordings of all Board of Education meetings are also posted on the website.
Have a wonderful day, and make sure to have an umbrella nearby.
All my best,