April 1, 2020
Dear TMS Parents and Families,
We hope that this communication finds you in good health. Currently, our school building will be closed and all classes will be offered virtually through April 14.
As of right now, we are scheduled to return to school on April 15, even though this was originally scheduled to be our spring break. Per the Executive Order from Governor Cuomo, in order to meet the state regulation that requires our students to have 180 days of instruction, our school district must continue to provide remote learning, meals for students and childcare for essential workers each weekday through April 14. This includes Good Friday on April 10, and the week we had previously scheduled as spring recess. To be clear, due to this Executive Order, there is no spring recess this year.
The Governor has said he will reassess whether to extend the statewide school closures in two-week increments. We understand there is a real possibility that this closure may get extended. We encourage families to continue to check their email and our website at www.troycsd.org for additional information.
As of April 2, 2020, TMS teachers will begin distance learning with classes structured for new learning on Google Classroom. Devices have been made available to all students. If your child is still in need of a device please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Google sessions will be a blend of live and recorded sessions so that students may access lessons should they miss a session during their scheduled time. Teachers will also have additional office hours to support new lessons and answer student questions. Teacher office hours will be posted on their Google Classroom.
We have put together a student daily schedule to help students maintain a daily routine. In the event that you need to contact your child’s teachers, they will be available via email. Teacher emails can be found by going to https://www.troycsd.org/troy-middle-school/staff/. We realize that some families have several students at home sharing devices and the need for flexibility is understood.
Wifi services have been made available through various providers. Food and community resources are also available to all families through several community organizations, including breakfast and lunch at Troy High School between the hours of 9 a.m. -12 p.m.
As Mr. Carmello stated, we will continue to follow guidance from local, state and federal agencies and will provide additional information as often as possible. Please continue to follow the CDC’s recommendations – including thorough handwashing, physical distancing and avoiding large groups and those who are ill – to stay safe and healthy.
Thank you for your continued patience and support.