Superintendent’s Message: The First Week of School

Good afternoon,

 We are thrilled to have our hallways and classrooms bustling with activity again as we start the new school year.

 The first few days of school are always a little hectic as we settle into our routines. Yesterday and today were no different. We want to sincerely thank the Town of New Berlin and the New Berlin Police Department for providing four police officers, including our new School Resource Officer, Rick Gorton, to help us safely navigate opening day. State Route 8 is a very busy highway and our parking lot can get congested at times. Their presence made a big difference and we look forward to our continued partnership on school safety.

 We’re already seeing in other school districts how staff quarantines and shortages of workers are impacting daily operations. Unadilla Valley will work very hard to avoid having students go remote for temporary periods when we have a shortage of bus drivers, cafeteria workers and other staff.

 The district will be looking at creative ways to address these potential issues. This may include having a one-hour or two-hour delay for grades 6 through 12 in order to transport these students on a separate bus run. These delays would function just like the delay and emergency day notifications we send for bad winter weather. 

There also is the possibility that at times students on an individual or group basis may need to go to temporary remote learning. This is something that we have planned for all summer, but we want to make sure that our families understand this possibility exists.

 Please also remember that parents are not allowed in the building at drop-off or pick-up times. We have many staff members who are tasked with making sure students enter the building safely and get to where they need to be, as well as leave safely at the end of the day. Parents should drop their students off at 7:55 a.m. and not earlier.

Just a reminder that Secondary School students may get a grab-and-go breakfast in the morning. Families should also sign up for Family ID if they have not done so already. All student meals are again offered at no cost this year. 

 This was the first week of the new school year and we look forward to a year full of learning, fun and growth as a school community.

Brenton S. Taylor, Superintendent of Schools