Superintendent’s Message Aug. 27

Dear Duanesburg Central Schools Community:

Next week, we will welcome our teachers back to school for our first conference day. We will be discussing safety procedures, the social and emotional well-being of students and staff, as well as the future of our district. The following week (only 13 short days away), we will begin welcoming our students back to school–about 180 days since they last walked our halls!

Remote Learning Students
Only about 15% of our students (97 UPK-12) have elected to receive remote instruction.  The deadline to make these requests was last Friday.  If remote learning students wish to return to in-person instruction, they can do so within 10 days of their starting date by notifying their building principal. After that, students will need to wait until the end of the marking period to return to school.

Welcome Back Video
If you haven’t already seen it, please check out our Back to School video with your kids here.

Parent Forums
I was pleased to see so many of you at our four parent forums. Thank you for your excellent questions. If you have any additional concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or your building principal. As the school year begins, I plan on establishing a regular virtual forum schedule–I hope to have that to you soon.

Schedules and Assignments
At this point, schedules and class assignments have been posted on eSchoolData. Please contact individual buildings with any specific concerns

I know that many of you saw the governor’s announcement permitting some interscholastic athletics to begin in the fall. Details are currently being ironed out. We will share our plans as soon as we are able to do so.

Emergency Closure List
Please sign up here if you would like your child to be on a list of students who need school supervision, food, and transportation in the event an emergency causes us to go to remote instruction during the school year.

Equity and Inclusion Committee
DCS’s mission is to provide every student the support, dedication, quality instruction and experiences they need as they strive to fulfill their dreams and aspirations for the future. It is important to understand, identify, address, and eliminate the biases, barriers, and disparities that can limit a student’s opportunities. To that end, I am looking for student and parent volunteers to serve as part of an Equity and Inclusion Committee. If you or your child would like to be a part of that work, please contact me.

Important Upcoming Dates
September 2: 7th Grade Transition Event (more info coming soon), Chromebook pickup for Remote Learners
September 9: Grades 5-10 First Day of School
September 10: Grades 3, 4, 11, and 12 First Day of School
September 11: Grades 1 and 2 First Day of School
September 14: UPK and Kindergarten First Day of School

Thank you for your continued support!

Jim Niedermeier, Ed.D.
DCS Superintendent