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A Message from the Elementary Education Department
Friday, September 18, 2020
Dear Liverpool CSD Parents/Guardians,
Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them makes life meaningful. - Joshua J. Marine
Over the past few months, many of us have led very interesting and meaningful lives as we continue to face and overcome challenges associated with COVID-19. The start of our 2020-2021 school year has been filled with challenges for Liverpool Central School District students, parents, teachers and administrators. Almost everything related to this school year is new, and as a district we are doing our best to modify many of our traditional practices as quickly as we can. Admittedly, transitioning from a system geared to having students physically in schools to a system that has students learning both physically in school and remotely at the same time has been a challenge at many levels. We want to thank you for your feedback and assure you that we are working to address your questions and concerns, and ultimately modify and improve our systems to best meet the needs of our students.
To date, there have been two primary concerns that parents have expressed since school began for students on September 14th.
The first concern is centered on the lack of academic material students are being exposed to during the first and second weeks of school. This concern has come particularly from parents of students in Cohort D (all remote cohort). Last week, our Superintendent of Schools Dr. Potter shared an informative video (Video Link) explaining why we are gradually entering the school year. We understand that before students are able to learn they need to feel comfortable. As outlined in this video, the expectation for the first weeks of school is that teachers focus on building relationships, classroom procedures, and becoming familiar with the updated technology tools. Therefore, the soft start to the school year allows time for teachers, students, families and caretakers to become comfortable with the new learning and teaching model. Reading and math instruction will begin on September 28th, with science and social studies curriculum scheduled to begin shortly thereafter.
The second concern is centered on technology and the new and updated tools being used by our students and teachers. As outlined in Dr. Potter’s video, we need to recognize that not everyone is at the same level of expertise when it comes to these tools. It is going to take some time for teachers, students, and families to become more comfortable and confident navigating the technology tools. As a district, we are investing time in these first two weeks to help develop everyone’s skills in this area. We ask that parents continue to be patient and understanding with our teachers as they become more comfortable with a new system of instruction and the tools associated with it.
We understand that it can be very frustrating for students and parents to experience a technology issue. We apologize if this pertains to you, but please know that the Liverpool CSD Technology Department is working extremely hard to address your concerns. We also ask that you continue to be patient and understanding with our technology department as they work toward getting systems up and running for students who are attending in-person and remotely. If you experience a school-related technology issue, please call the Technology Help Desk at 315-459-6900. The help desk is staffed from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m daily, and you may leave a voicemail during other times as well.
If you have any non-technology related questions or concerns pertaining to any of Liverpool’s nine elementary schools, you can contact Rick Chapman, Executive Director of Elementary Education at 315-622-7176.
We truly are in this together, and by remaining together during this time we will be able to make this the best year possible for your children.
Amanda Caldwell, Executive Director of the Humanities and Middle Level Education
Richard Chapman, Executive Director of Elementary Education
Kasey Dolson, Executive Director of Curriculum for MST