Superintendent Daniel Connor addresses school reentry in the fall

Dear Goshen community,

Although summer has just begun, the district is in the midst of planning for reentry in the fall. We understand that there are a number of questions and concerns surrounding next school year. Please be assured that we are committed to addressing these concerns and ensuring that each of our students are able to thrive and succeed academically.

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) and the New York State Board of Regents recently announced that four virtual Regional School Reopening Task Force meetings will take place this month. Each meeting will include experts and stakeholders from the fields of health and education who will provide their expertise, answer questions, and give feedback to the Board of Regents and NYSED to help guide school districts in the safe reopening of their schools.

The Board of Regents will submit their findings to each district in mid-July. Governor Cuomo will release his recommendations for reentry as well. The input we receive will shape our work as we develop a reopening plan for the fall. Each district is responsible for its own reopening plan and must submit that plan to NYSED in mid-August for approval.

The district is also forming a school reentry task force made of volunteers who will help make recommendations related to the opening of schools in the fall. Final decisions on certain matters will rest with the Board of Education.

As you can imagine, the monumental impact of COVID-19 makes the task of developing a framework to open our schools an enormous undertaking. There are many things to consider and obstacles to face. At the same time, we are looking to the future and preparing to confront the uncertainties that lie ahead of us.

I realize that our families, students and employees want details and I promise that they will be shared as soon as they are definitive. I also promise to keep you updated throughout the summer. I hope you enjoy rest, relaxation and time with family and friends.

Be well.

Superintendent Daniel T. Connor