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May 1, 2020

Dear Families,

I have no doubt that you may have already heard that our school buildings are closed for the remainder of this academic year. While this recent announcement by Governor Cuomo today may have been expected, it causes so many mixed emotions that we will need to process. We have already been putting many ideas together for the plans we will need to make to continue learning and bring honor to our students.

We can and will adjust to this announcement. It is our reality now, but it is not forever. We will strive to meet the continued challenges school campus closure brings. Every day we are learning new things that will help us to be stronger and better when we reopen in September.

It is important to note, that learning is on. Instruction and learning are not shut down. Our thoughts, too, are with our seniors, all of our students, our families, and certainly our entire community. We know this NYS “on pause” has been difficult for everyone in different ways and for many reasons. We will continue our work with compassion, grace, and the premise of making good overall decisions in mind. Our efforts will focus on the following for the immediate future:

  • continued instruction and access to learning in all its forms
  • important school events like graduation and celebrations of students
  • concrete plans for re-opening as soon as we’re able – hopefully for a fresh new start in September

There are several “unknowns” that you may be wondering about that we will communicate answers and solutions as thoughtfully and as soon as we are able.

In light of the upcoming week – staff appreciation week, please allow me to thank our staff, including teachers, support staff, administration, as well as the Board of Education for working tirelessly to meet the challenges we face during this crisis. Our staff have gone above and beyond, been solution-minded and collaborative, and have never worked harder to find ways to meet the needs of our students and their families. I commend our teachers, support staff, and administration for navigating this change together.

We are certainly here for you. We are mindful of the stressors families are enduring every day, we are living them with you. Thank you for communicating and collaborating with us. Cooperstown has a lot to celebrate now. We are learning that we are strong, and letting our immense love for our children be our guiding light in our efforts. We will focus on positivity, planning and being the school our community needs us to be now and in the future.

Please stay well and keep strong. None of us is alone in this crisis. We are CCS strong – together!

Dr. Crankshaw


IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES - SPECIAL EDUCATION CPSE/CSE/504 MEETINGS

Cooperstown Central School District has scheduled upcoming CPSE/CSE/504 meetings.  PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ LETTER.

MEAL PROGRAM

Modified, but complete school breakfast and lunch meals will be available to all students at no cost during this time of school closure.  To request meals please call the Food Service Office at 547-2820 or email Melissa Rathbun at mrathbun@cooperstowncs.org.

Meal pickup will be available at the Junior-Senior High School only on Monday and Wednesday, between the hours of 11am-1pm and 5-7pm, they will include breakfast and lunch for all five days of the week.

For the few families that will need us to deliver the meals – it will be our pleasure to do so. Please let us know by calling 547-2820. 

COUNSELING DEPARTMENT

A counselor can be contacted via the email addresses listed below:

Mrs. Katie Baldo (grades 11-12) kbaldo@cooperstowncs.org

Mr. Gregg Sanik (grades 9-10) gsanik@cooperstowncs.org

Mrs. Christine McBrearty-Hulse (grades 5-8) cmcbrearty@cooperstowncs.org

Ms. Sara Mileski (grades K-4)

smilseki@cooperstowncs.org

Mrs. Mary Clare Roberts (School Social Worker) mcroberts@cooperstowncs.org

Non-emergent needs can be scheduled during regular school business hours. You will receive a response within 24 hours to make a phone appointment with a Counselor. In the case of an emergency, please call MCAT (844-732-6228) or 911.

Social/Emotional Support Resources for Families:

  1. Practice mindfulness! Simply take a moment to focus on your breath or do a search online for a guided relaxation. Here are some places to get started:

http://mindfulnessforteens.com/guided-meditations/

Check out Mindful Schools’ Kids Classes! (K-5)

https://www.mindfulschools.org/free-online-mindfulness-class-for-kids/?fbclid=IwAR15oUAqFwRIOOaNjCI_ECnIVqmH9LWwvNzTuaR-cBJCTVXGFnO7Al_ve24

2.Create Your Own Stress Management Plan ( https://www.healthychildren.org/English/Documents/BR3_My_Personal_Stress_Plan.pdf

3.Talking with Children About the Coronavirus from Child Mind Institute

4.Self Care in the Time of Coronavirus https://childmind.org/article/self-care-in-the-time-of-coronavirus/

5.Stress and Coping https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html?CDC

           The CCS Counseling Office has started Google Classrooms for students in grades 7-8 and 9-12 as one way to help maintain connections between students and counselors. Invitations to CCS Counseling Google Classrooms were emailed to all CCS student accounts in the Jr./Sr. High School. These "classrooms" are being utilized to promote social-emotional health and provide students with optional activities to do, articles to read, and coping skills to try. They connect CCS students with several helpful resources during this school closure time. If you are a parent/guardian of a CCS student grades 7-12, please encourage your student(s) to join their corresponding CCS Counseling Office Google Classroom. CCS students can email Mrs. Roberts at mcroberts@cooperstowncs.org with any questions or if they need the invitation link to be re-sent to them. Be well and stay safe everyone!