Oct. 2 COVID-19 update from Interim Supt. Dr. Hunter

Dear Families,

First off, thank you for your continued partnership. Yesterday we had a safe, student-centered early release from our schools and I am so proud of the way our faculty, staff, and community worked together to make the transition to remote learning as seamless as possible. 

Following yesterday’s first positive confirmed case, we continue to work closely with Washington County Public Health as they identify this individual’s contacts. Washington County Public Health will reach out to all contacts and advise on the need to quarantine and arrange to test those exposed.

The transition to 100% remote instruction (through at least Oct. 7) will allow Washington County Public Health the time they need to complete tracing, tracking, and their investigation. It will also allow our buildings and grounds crews time to deep clean our facilities. 

During Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday’s 100% remote instruction, teachers will provide an attendance form for students that must be completed each day. Students are expected to participate in any learning/activities their teacher outlines for them. This could be in the form of worksheets, online assignments, and/or virtual classes on Google Meet.  

We will also continue to provide meals to all students during this transition to remote learning. Families can pick up meals each weekday we are remote, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Franklin Street entrance to the High School cafeteria.

If you have any technology problems during remote learning, please contact our Helpdesk via email at help@hfcsd.org or by phone at 518-681-4357. If any family is unable to provide internet access at their residency, we can offer hotspots for home use. Students and families may contact our Helpdesk via email or the phone number above to request a hotspot.

We also understand that families will be called on to assist their students in completing remote work. We have put together a series of videos and tips on our website to get families familiar with some of the tools teachers may use during these remote learning days.

Lastly, sports competitions and practices, along with BOCES CTE classes, will be on pause for at least the next five school days as well. Coaches will reach out with updated practice information. 

We are so thankful for the partnerships we have with our school community. We are especially thankful for our families taking on teaching and coaching duties during this pause. We are #HFTigerStrong and will get through this together!

We will see each and every one of you remotely on Monday! Have a healthy and restful weekend.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jon Hunter, Hudson Falls CSD Interim Superintendent