View a letter from the superintendent about the online instruction plan

Dear Goshen families,

As you know, Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced that school closures have been extended through April 29. Although we are eager to have our students back in school, the safety and best interest of our students is always our first priority. We thank you for your continued support.

These past few weeks, remote learning opportunities have focused on academic enrichment and engagement in order for students to maintain skills. Effective Wednesday, April 15, the district will begin implementation of an education plan for K-12 students using online instruction. If alternative means of access to materials is necessary, please reach out to your building administrator(s). The remote learning plan directly correlates to New York State Learning Standards and local grade level expectations.

As we begin online instruction, please note the following changes and important items:

New marking period dates and grading policy 

As required by the Governor’s executive order, our faculty will continue to provide enrichment opportunities through April 14, including the period of time originally scheduled as spring break.

During this time, some teachers may allow students to make up assignments they may have missed, resubmit assignments for additional credit, and seek guidance about concepts previously taught. This is an important opportunity for you and your child to make sure any work that was due prior to March 13 is submitted. Flexibility will be provided throughout marking period four to ensure that students have had ample opportunity to bolster marking period three grades.

SAS & GIS

Elementary students began trimester three on March 7. Although the remote learning plan will be implemented on April 15, students have already been in trimester three; therefore, students will have an opportunity to resubmit work, if necessary.

Going forward, all student work will be assessed based on the completion and quality of work. Based on this criteria, we are also modifying the third trimester grading system to Pass/Fail for all students K-12. However, it is important to note this may change, depending on when/if school resumes based on guidance from Gov. Cuomo.

For students in grades K-5, the Pass/Fail measure will be utilized. It is imperative that students access their assignments and projects daily and that they are diligent in completing each task assigned. Assignments will be marked as Complete or Incomplete by the classroom teacher.  Although students will not receive grades, feedback will be provided, where appropriate. The feedback provided will be prompt and meaningful. Teachers will utilize the comments area of the report card to provide a narrative regarding student performance. All factors will be used for determining placements and promotion for the 2020-21 school year.

More details will be provided by your child’s teachers and/or principal.

CJH & GHS

Marking Period 3 officially ended Friday, March 13, which was the last day of school before the extended school closure began. Students may have an opportunity to submit past-due work for Marking Period 3 through Tuesday, April 14. Again, flexibility will be provided throughout marking period four to ensure that students have had ample opportunity to bolster marking period three grades.

Marking Period 4 will begin on Wednesday, April 15. This quarter will include new instructional material. We understand that there may be unique issues with distance learning; therefore, teachers have prioritized the most necessary and critical areas of their curriculum. Teachers will utilize this prioritized curriculum map to provide instruction that will allow students to achieve grade level and content area standards.

Going forward, student work will be assessed based on the completion and quality of work. Based on this criteria, we are also modifying our Fourth Marking Period grading system to Pass/Fail for all students K-12. However, it is important to note this may change, depending on when/if school resumes based on guidance from Gov. Cuomo.

For students in grades 6-12, final averages will be primarily calculated using Marking Periods 1, 2, and 3. Effort and completion of assignments in Marking Period 4 may be taken into consideration for final averages as well, depending on your child’s school. The June 2020 administration of the New York State Regents Examinations has been cancelled for students in grades eight through twelve.  Therefore they will not be a part of the final average calculation.  All factors will be used for determining placements and promotion for the 2020-21 school year.

More details will be provided by your child’s teachers and/or principal.

Student expectations  

Students are expected to participate in instruction, complete assignments and communicate regularly with their teachers. Students should assume the seriousness and expectations of distance learning to be equal to what takes place in classrooms. We fully understand that it may not be possible to duplicate the normal classroom environment while utilizing remote learning.

Students are prohibited from taking screenshots or pictures of their teacher or fellow students. In addition, students are also prohibited from taking any audio or video recordings. These behaviors violate our policies and could result in disciplinary action. Students are reminded to follow the Goshen Central School District Code of Conduct and Acceptable Use Policies.

Parents/guardian expectations

It is expected that students will be provided a private setting during online instruction or related services. Recording of teachers or other students is prohibited. Additionally, it’s further understood that no party shall be permitted to record their sessions, and that any such recording will be considered a violation of Board of Education policies. In addition, any incidental and/or unintentional viewing/hearing will be kept confidential.

Depending upon grade level, it’s reasonable to expect weekly instruction time and assignments for all subjects will largely match with what is grade level, course specific and age appropriate. Specific expectations will be communicated by the buildings and/or individual teachers. We encourage our parents and guardians to continue to support your children as they embark on this new and unfamiliar way of learning.

Contact information

Parents must make sure their parent/guardian phone numbers and email addresses are accurate in SchoolTool/Parent Portal. If you need to update this information, please contact your building principal. Any necessary contact information changes will be made as soon as possible.

Technology Support

If you do not have internet access or an electronic device, please contact your child’s principal by telephone or the Central Office at 845-615-6720. Additional information will be provided about technology support via email and will be placed on the district website in the near future.

We encourage our families to continue to check the district website for updates. Our goal is to ensure your child’s academic success during this challenging time. We appreciate your continued patience and flexibility as we await guidance from Gov. Cuomo and the State Education Department. We understand that this may not be a perfect process and we are grateful for everyone’s continued support, understanding and resilience.

Sincerely,
Daniel T. Connor
Superintendent of Schools