Good evening Pine Bush parents and staff,
Let me start with an important update to the message I left you all on Tuesday. I have received confirmation from law enforcement, that once they completed their investigation, the suspected kidnapping turned out not to be a kidnapping after all, and further, there was no human trafficking ring. While I’m grateful to report this good news, I think you should also know that law enforcement officials told me they felt the spirit of my message – being careful to monitor your child’s online involvement – was a very important one for parents to hear.
Today and tomorrow we are mailing home letters to parents explaining how our “new instruction” will look beginning on April 6, and how work your child did before that time will be treated. These letters should arrive in the next day or two. There are two versions of the letter – so if you have children in both elementary and secondary schools, you should read both of the letters, because how lessons will be posted will differ slightly by those two levels – elementary (Prek through 5) and secondary (which includes middle school and high school). The letters are posted on our website.
I can’t emphasize enough how important it will be for you to have internet access by April 6, so if you don’t have it now, check out the free 60 days of internet that is being offered by Charter Communications (parent company of Spectrum) to households of K-12 students. Call 844-488-8395 for more information or to sign up. Do it now, because it will take some time to schedule the installation.
I do hope that besides working on their Chromebooks, your children are also taking breaks to get up and move around. We are recommending at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. As educators, we know that physical activity helps to energize you both physically AND mentally. That’s right – kids who exercise can actually gain focus and mental acuity! So I invite you to check out the Physical Education Enrichment Activities in the upper right hand corner of the Coronavirus page on our website. It has a variety of age-appropriate ideas. As the weather warms up, you can also get in some exercise outside, as long as you stay away from other people through the six foot social distancing protocol. If you complete your activity logs, it can even count as PE make up – especially helpful for some high school students.
So for now tell your children to keep working, keep exercising, and don’t forget to wash your hands after handling items that others have also touched.
Have a good evening,
Tim Mains, Pine Bush Superintendent