Dear Chappaqua Central School District Parents and Staff,
In light of the recent events at the United States Capitol Building, it is not lost on me that many in our community have concerns surrounding the upcoming Presidential inauguration on January 20th. I share those concerns. The emotional and physical safety of our students and staff are at the forefront of my mind as we approach this historic event.
The District will move forward with our current Wednesday (1/20) schedule with schools open for instruction. We will also take the following steps to support our school community as we prepare for the days ahead:
- We are carefully planning our instructional approach for all students, accounting for student maturity as we address this moment in our nation’s history. Please know that inauguration footage will not be viewed live in our elementary classrooms. At the middle and high school level, this decision will be at the discretion of our faculty with guidance from the administration.
- We will review our safety protocols with staff and have New Castle Police Officers present at all buildings on Wednesday (1/20) while students are on campus.
- Our staff will have the opportunity to work remotely during the afternoon as they engage in professional development virtually. Our buildings will remain open for staff who wish to stay onsite.
- The window for K-8 parents to notify the District that their child will access remote instruction will be extended until Tuesday (1/19) at 7:30am.
We appreciate your understanding and partnership as we navigate the coming days. Together, we will provide the stability and reassurance our children need during this challenging time.
Christine Ackerman, PhD
Superintendent of Schools