October 27, 2020
The beautiful weather is a nice reprieve from the stress of the current situation. I want to again thank everyone for the flexibility they have shown as we continue to move pieces around to keep things running safely. Parents, staff and children have been amazing and I hope we all appreciate each other. This is the ultimate team event right now, and everyone matters. Special shout out to custodial who has our buildings super safe and clean. We really appreciate you.
I sent an email yesterday on the status of the Chemung County Schools. Our students who attend BOCES will be in a remote learning situation for the next two weeks. Mrs. Hunt and Mr. Alo are working on internship opportunities for these kids now in our district and Village. We should have placements by early next week so our kids can continue to have real world learning experiences. Our students in special placements will also be virtual. If you are not contacted about your individual learning plan, reach out to the special education office, 607-565-8101. This situation may go on for a while until we get the current spike under control.
Tioga County is in danger of going into a yellow zone. I want to take a second to encourage everyone to follow the DOH directives for hand washing, social distance, masking and gatherings. If our district is shut down, it will because we have too many staff out on precautionary quarantine or we are placed in a yellow zone and have no ability to test 20% of our staff and students. Currently our system is holding and our kids are learning. Letâ€™s do everything we can to keep moving forward.
I toured all the schools this week. Our kids have the best technology resources they can get. We have more devices coming in to augment those that are aging out and all the software is up and running. We have staff coming in and out of precautionary quarantines as well as kids. It has not stopped us. Kids and staff are managing it well with support. I want to send a special thank you to our admin team that gets emergency meeting notices from my office almost daily and drops everything to solve the most recent problem.
Special thanks to the Village of Waverly, Guthrie Clinic and Tioga County Legislature for working to bring NYS DOH testing to the Village this week. This was not an easy task and we appreciate the efforts put in to provide our community with these resources. Stay safe, stay strong and stay together. Lets go!
Kids, Community, and Each Other
Dr. Eric Knolles
Waverly CSD Superintendent of Schools
Inspire. Educate. Learn. Succeed. Grow.