At the "Learning with Google Livestream which was held last week, Google announced more than 50 significant updates to products and services such as Classroom, Meet, Drive and Chromebooks. We will keep you aware of these updates as they roll out to our district. Some are available now, whereas others are scheduled to debut later this year. Below is a brief rundown of these updates as well as links to help you understand what is coming. It certainly is a great time to be a Google school district! Links: Eric Curts - 50+ New Google for Education Features - Comprehensive List of Updates John Sowash - 50 BIG Updates to Your Favorite Google Tools - Podcast Google's Commitment to Learning and 50+ New Education Features Learning with Google Livestream Event Recording
We are reaching out to you this evening to let the school community know that the Department of Health notified us late this afternoon (2/11/21) of a confirmed positive covid case by a student who attends the Cumberland Head Elementary School. The CCDoH in conjunction with CHES administration and the BCSD Transportation Department has started contract tracing. In accordance with the NYS approved Reopening Plan, CHES will be in remote learning tomorrow (Friday). What we know: The student last attended school on Monday, February, 8, 2021. The student was around an individual out of school who was COVID positive. The student rode the bus on Monday. We are in continuous contact with the health department. Only the Clinton County Health Department can conduct contact tracing. They will be reaching out to parents or other adults as they deem necessary. CHES will have staff members and students quarantined per DOH orders. Our Response: In following our comprehensive Reopening Plan this situation falls in the category of Criteria S-1 on the Beekmantown Closure Response Chart located on page 4. Following that criteria, Cumberland Head Elementary School will be on Level 5 (Page 3) for remote instruction. Beekmantown Elementary, Beekmantown Middle School and High School will remain open. Classroom teachers will contact families through ParentSquare with further details regarding the day of remote learning scheduled for 2/12. Students placed in quarantine will be able to remotely join classrooms via google meets so they may continue their learning. Following national and local public health recommendations is the only way we will be able to offer in person education at the Beekmantown Central School. Please continue checking for communications as we strive to maintain transparency during this time. As always, any subsequent information will be shared as soon as we can. Please keep this family, our staff members and students in mind during this difficult time. Sincerely, Principal Stoutenger & Superintendent Mannix
Beekmantown CSD is seeking a Modified A Boys Basketball Coach for an abbreviated winter season. Please email Joanne Menard, District Clerk @ email@example.com by 2/12/21 if you are interested. Feel free to share this information with friends and family.
to join us at Beekmantown CSD! Providing for a positive classroom experience for students is important now more than ever. Part of what keeps a school district running are our substitute employees. Substitute teaching positions are available at BCSD! Certified substitutes are compensated at the rate of $130 per day and uncertified substitutes are compensated at the rate of $105 per day. We encourage you to consider joining our team. If you are interested, or know someone who may be, please visit this LINK. If you have any questions, please contact Joanne Menard, secretary to the Superintendent at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518.563.8250 X5501.
Tomorrow, Wednesday February 3, 2021 will be a delayed start to the school day by two hours. If the status changes we will notify you immediately. Thank you, Daniel W. Mannix Superintendent of Schools Beekmantown Central School District
Hello Parents and Caregivers, We are pleased to announce that our current infection and quarantine rates allow all four schools to once again offer in-person learning for students on Monday 2/1/21. We ask each staff member and student to carefully complete the daily screener and please stay home if you are feeling sick or exhibiting COVID -19 symptoms at all. Besides feeling sick another common symptom of COVID -19 to watch for is a loss of taste or smell. Fortunately, many residents of our community received the first round of vaccines and are scheduled for the second round soon. By staying home if you have symptoms you help ensure people will be able to receive their second dose of vaccine on schedule. Additionally, while we had very few COVID-19 positive students or adults in session, our community was not so lucky. One positive case acquired in the community and brought into school can easily allow the Clinton County Health Department to quarantine ten (10) teachers and one hundred (100) students depending on class schedules. This is another reason why we must all work together to stay home when exhibiting symptoms of COVID -19. We thank everyone for their patience and we look forward to seeing students in-person on Monday. Thank you,
With digital instruction providing a lifeline between the classroom and students, the following resources are provided for parents, guardians and students to see how the district is using Google's products, including Chromebooks and G Suite for Education. Google for Education aims to equip students with the tools they need to learn and collaborate anytime, anywhere. Guardian's Guide to G Suite for Education Using Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms and more, your child can create and collaborate in real time. Guardian's Guide to Chromebooks Chromebooks are simple yet powerful, secure and shareable devices your child uses to create. Guardian's Guide to Security & Privacy Learn about Google’s commitments and how we prioritize security from the beginning in our products. Guardian's Guide to Classroom Your child uses Classroom to access assignments and communicate with their class. Guardian's Guide to Accessibility Accessibility features are built into G Suite and Chromebooks, so your child can learn in a way that works for them. You may also wish to visit the following link for even more training guides and videos for you and your child(ren): http://www.bcsdk12.org/virtualschool/ and choose the "Digital Training Resources." Please note that these resources as well as many others can be found by visiting the district's website and choosing the Tech Help icon or by using the short url: www.bcsdk12.org/techhelp/
In accordance with our Reopening Plan the Beekmantown Central School District is currently in remote learning until February 1, 2021. On February 1, 2021 we are scheduled to resume in-person learning for those approved for in-person instruction. Based on our significant drop in cases and quarantines for both staff and students we are on target to maintain this return date. Obviously, cases could surge within our school community which may position us for remote instruction as documented on page 4 of our plan. If that happens we will let everyone know. Thank you for your patience as we work through these difficult situations for everyone.
All four schools in the Beekmantown Central School District (BES, CHES, BMS, BHS) will be closed today utilizing an Emergency Day. Please share this message with family and friends as appropriate. This means that there will be NO remote learning today for teachers and students. We will resume regular school day on Friday, January 22nd.