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Letter from Interim Superintendent 12/15 - Remote Instruction Due to Covid-19
Letter from Interim Superintendent 12/15 - Remote Instruction Due to Covid-19
Cooperstown Central School District
Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Please see the letter below from CCS Interim Superintendent, Romona N. Wenck regarding remote instruction due to Covid-19. 

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Greetings to all CCS parents, guardians, students, and community members.

Earlier today the District released a statement regarding long term plans as a result of a positive COVID case in our building.  Thank you to everyone for your patience and flexibility with our decision to move to fully remote instruction Monday and Tuesday of this week. Unfortunately, as we have investigated the situation, the number of potential “close contacts” as defined by the Otsego County Department of Health has grown significantly, with students, staff, and faculty being included in those numbers. This is an extremely difficult decision to make but truly feels like the best decision for the school and community.  While we are concerned about the health and well-being of our students and staff, the decision to move to fully remote is because our already strained capacity to teach children during a pandemic is adversely impacted by our duty to adhere to public health protocols.  We simply do not have the instructional staff or substitute teachers to fill in while even a small number of our personnel are quarantined or in isolation. Therefore, the Cooperstown Central School District will move to fully remote instruction until Tuesday, January 19th, 2021.

We recognize that this decision has many ramifications.  However, as was predicted by county and state health officials, there has been a significant increase in the number of positive COVID cases.  We are all aware that health officials have been worried about the two weeks after the Thanksgiving holiday.  The increase in cases supports their concern.  Health officials continue to express the same concern for the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s holiday celebrations.  As a result, the following steps will be taken: 

*Both the CCS Elementary and CCS Junior/Senior high school will go fully remote until January 19th, 2021. 

*We will follow our remote instruction schedule during this time and return to hybrid instruction on January 19th, 2021.

*All New Visions and BOCES CTE (Career and Technical Education) students will continue to attend their programs as usual during this time.  District transportation will be provided.

*All Full Day BOCES students will continue to attend their programs as usual during this time.  District transportation will be provided.

*Meal distribution will continue as is presently scheduled.  Please contact Melissa Rathbun, cafeteria manager, should you have any questions.  (

*There will be no extracurricular activities during this time.  Also, the Open Gym/conditioning concept is being postponed until further notice. 

As with all decisions, the health, safety, educational stability, and sustainability inform all our decisions.  COVID presents one of the most challenging situations many of us have ever experienced. Each day presents a different set of circumstances impacting our ability to work with students.  The uncertainty and use of day-to-day remote periods of instruction have been difficult for all involved.  It is my hope, therefore, that this move to an extended period of remote instruction will provide everyone with some sense of educational and emotional stability.

It is also my hope that while this decision will present challenges, it will also provide parents and families a sense of stability and a greater ability to plan accordingly for an extended period of time. Please know that everyone here at CCS is longing for the day when we come back to our school without the worry, angst, and uncertainty associated with COVID.  We anxiously look forward to the day when students can be students, teachers can teach, and our support staff can do just that, support our children as they move through the educational process.  That day will come again.  I am sure of that.  In the meantime, please know that I wish our families a safe, happy, healthy holiday season and New Year. 

Sincerely yours, Romona N. Wenck

Interim Superintendent, Cooperstown Central School District