Information about snow days for 2020-21 school year

Nov. 3 Update: 

On October 29, the district shared via its website and SchoolMessenger notification system that the district will move from traditional snow days to remote learning days during instances of inclement weather for the 2020-21 school year.

Goshen has two snow days built into the 2020-21 school year calendar; however, after the calendar was adopted, Governor Cuomo set forth a requirement for schools to observe Juneteenth in honor of the emancipation of enslaved people in the U.S. (Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19, 2021 and falls on a Saturday; therefore it will be observed as a school holiday on Friday, June 18, 2021).

Using one of its built-in snow days to meet the Juneteenth observance leaves the district with only one snow day left for the remainder of the school year. The administration believes that by utilizing remote learning days instead of traditional snow days, it will leave the district in a better position to meet its 180 day requirement for student learning, as well as contract requirements with employees. Essentially, if we were to use more than one snow day, the district would have to take away regularly scheduled vacation days (such as spring recess) or lengthen the school year.

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The Goshen Central School District will move from using traditional snow days to virtual days of instruction during instances of inclement weather for the 2020-21 school year.

If a winter storm occurs and the road conditions are hazardous, the schools and buildings will be closed for in-person learning; however, students will be able to learn from home virtually. 

Students will log into Google Classroom and follow a modified schedule for the day. Because of the unpredictability of winter weather, there will be flexibility with instruction, both synchronously and asynchronously. Teachers will do their best to engage with their students and there will be back up plans for instruction in case of power outages and internet issues. District officials are cognizant that there may be technical limitations for families and teachers during inclement weather. Please know that there is no expectation that students and teachers will sit in front of a computer all day.

The district will continue to follow its snow day notification procedure using the SchoolMessenger notification system. Parents/guardians will receive a text, phone call, and/or email alerting them to the school closings, and reminding them that students will follow a virtual day of instruction.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s classroom teacher/teachers.

Please note: If a snow day occurs on a Wednesday, then school meal distribution will be moved to Thursdays, 2:45-4:30 p.m., to accommodate our families. Questions about this can be directed to roderick.isaac@gcsny.org.