Building Closure Updates & Resources

At-home learning will continue for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year because of the ongoing COVID-19 public health situation. The 2020-21 budget vote and board elections will be conducted by absentee ballot only. Qualified voters must return ballots to the district by 5 p.m. on June 9.  

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School Closure Updates and Resources

Governor Cuomo has closed school buildings for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. FFCS will continue to provide at-home learning with teacher support, to provide meals for students and to connect families of emergency workers with childcare resources during this time.

The Montgomery County Public Health Department has issued a reminder that in addition to school buildings, all school facilities remain closed, including  playgrounds, sports fields, pools, tracks, etc. Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact Montgomery County Public Health Director Sara Boerenko at 518-853-8200.

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Current status updates (As of May 15)

  • Locker clean-out for grades 9-11 is scheduled the week of May 18. Information will be shared for seniors in the future.
  • The Montgomery County Department of Public Health has issued official guidance on school parades.
  • School is closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year by executive order of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Students should continue their at-home learning on weekdays.
  • Phase 2 of the at-home learning plan will start on April 20. Our teams have worked to simplify the plan to make it easier to follow. We have also shared 4th quarter grading summaries and expectations for each day.
  • We have released information about 3rd quarter report cards.
  • The Board of Regents has canceled the June and August Regents exams. Students will be exempt from taking the June Regents but will receive Regents diploma credit if they pass, or have previously passed, the course associated with the exam. 
  • State assessments for students in grades 3-8 have been suspended by NYSED. This includes assessments for English language arts, math and science, as well as the K-12 English as a Second Language assessment and the alternate assessment for students with severe cognitive disabilities.
  • The College Board, which administers Advanced Placement (AP) exams nationwide, has also announced that it will conduct online exams for the 2019-20 school year. The exam content will only cover material taught through early March.
  • All school-sponsored activities, including interscholastic athletics, are canceled/postponed at this time.
  • District offices and school offices remain open, but students and families should not visit campus unless it’s to pick up food or learning resources. All outdoor facilities including the track, basketball courts, athletic fields and playgrounds are closed at this time. 

May 1

Dear FFCS families,

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today May 1 that schools in New York state have been closed for the remainder of the school year as the COVID-19 public health issue continues.

We understand this is sad news. Our hearts are with each and every one of our students, whom we miss very much. Please know that we are still here for you even though we can’t be together. Do not hesitate to reach out if you need any support.

Please continue to follow the at-home learning plan, and we will continue to provide to-go meals for students every weekday and connect families to child care resources.

The end of the school year is typically a time for celebrations, and this year will be no different. Our year-end events may be done differently than they have been in the past, but we will do everything in our power to ensure our students get the recognition they deserve. This is especially true for our high school seniors and their graduation ceremony. We are planning events that will uphold our traditions and recognize students in a safe way during this unprecedented time of social distancing.

There are still many questions we need to have answered. We promise to keep you all informed as those answers come down from the state.

Please take comfort in knowing that the FFCS community is here for you. You are not alone. In this time of crisis, all of you have risen up! This is not something we would have chosen, but it is our reality. We will continue to be Brave Strong and find a way!

Sincerely,

Thomas Ciaccio
Superintendent of Schools


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