A message from the Superintendent

Superintendent's Update #2

August 5, 2021

Dear Chappaqua Central School District Families and Staff,

I hope this email finds you well. I am writing to update our school community on our opening plans for this September. 

The following statement, from the NYSDOH was released today, by Dr. Howard Zucker, the New York State Health Commissioner: 

With the end of the state disaster emergency on June 25, 2021, school districts are reestablished as the controlling entity for schools. Schools and school districts should develop plans to open in-person in the fall as safely as possible, and I recommend following guidance from the CDC and local health departments. 

Notably, this message from Dr. Zucker is a departure from NYSDOH’s guidance approach, as information was shared as recently as July 7, 2021 for summer school. It is also a shift from information sent to superintendents by State Education Commissioner Betty Rosa on July 29, 2021. In Commissioner Rosa’s memo, she stated the following:

The Governor’s staff has informed the Department that guidance from DOH is in development and the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will serve as its basis.

Given this turn of events, on Wednesday, August 11th, at 7:30pm, I will present our reopening approach, and how we anticipate moving forward, to the Board of Education. This Board of Education meeting will be held in the Greeley Academic Commons, and will also be streamed live. A recording of our meeting will be made available on our website. 

I thank you for your continued support and understanding. We are excited to safely welcome all of our students and staff back to school. 

Sincerely,

Christine Ackerman, PhD
Superintendent of Schools