September 1, 2020
Dear CCS District Families,
The District is pleased and proud to be reopening to students on September 9th. After a full summer of focused preparation, we are ready to enter our first month of robust, remote instruction through October 2. We will then test our hybrid plan to include in-person instruction beginning October 5.
One of the inherent issues all schools are working through is a computer device shortage, among other challenges. Cooperstown is no different. To supplement our supply of devices we ordered computers to issue to each of our students K-12, in accordance with our technology plan. However, we currently have only enough devices for grades 2-12 at this time due to a simple but nationwide supply and demand problem related to Dell and Apple manufacturing and shipping. There are several changes as a result that you should be aware of:
- Grades K and 1 will begin their school year remotely, but without computer devices for every student until approximately September 18. Our excited Kindergarten and first grade teachers have planned a bus delivery parade to deliver instructional materials to their students, in person, on September 9. Kindergarten and first grade students and families need not come to the JSHS to pick up devices on September 3 or 8 as previously planned.
- Students in grades 2-6 will be issued computer devices and other school materials on September 8 only. This is a change from the “welcome back” letter from Ms. Durkee, our new CCS Elementary School Principal. Pick-up times are 9 am to 7 pm at the Junior-Senior High School. Login information will also be provided by our IT Department.
- Students in grades 7-12 may pick up computer devices and personal class schedules on September 3 from 12-7 pm and on September 8 from 9 am to 7 pm at the Junior-Senior High School. Login information will also be provided by our IT Department.
The District asks that any family who doesn’t need a district-issued computer device simply decline the device assigned at the time of pick-up or call the main office in advance to let us know. Several weeks ago the District shared a survey with families, from which the feedback indicated over 100 students who did not need a district-issued computer device. We have identified those students, and will not issue them a school device. However, all students still need to come at some point on pick-up day to receive other materials and information.
In addition, significant number of students have district-issued devices at home. It is important that these be returned as soon as possible.
We cannot wait to begin school again, and certainly realize the many worries and complications that have come from this COVID-19 period of uncertainty and frequent changes for everyone. We will do our best to field your questions and provide a robust experience for all our students, right up to, and including our hybrid opening date of October 5. We are optimistic for a full return to school at some point this year but taking precautions now will help us reach our goal to do that!
Superintendent of Schools