KEENE CENTRAL SCHOOL
“The Heart of Our Community”
A Message from the Superintendent
The pandemic has definitely changed many things in our school, town, state, country and the world. This time last year COVID-19 and CoronaVirus were relatively unknown unless you worked with viruses, and even then COVID-19 was unknown to you. In a world where we depend on each other this global pandemic has been challenging. My hope is that as we move forward, people make good choices for their own health and that of others. Now, more than ever, we are relying on each other to be the best we can be to keep us all safe.
The running of a school is complex and there are many interrelated parts that have to operate in concert. We have examined what we normally do and looked forward to what we have to do for everyone’s safety. The opening plan presented by KCS will need to be flexible based on that complexity of schools interacting with families and our community. We expect that there will be changes needed as available information and our understanding changes. As has been the case all along, this viral outbreak has shown us that we don’t know everything and in the process of learning new things information changes, sometimes daily.
As we move forward we also recognize that not everyone will be comfortable with their children returning to school. To that end, you have to decide what you are comfortable with and what you are or are not willing to do. We plan to move forward with a mostly everyday model for K-6 and a hybrid model for 7-12. Our teacher, faculty and staff are working to implement our plan for the 2020-2021 school year. Our teachers, faculty and staff are working on the new school year and creating new procedures and expectations that will be implemented once school opens. While opening to students we are also aware that being open could change quickly and we plan to help get students ready for the possibility of returning to remote teaching and learning. This preparation is necessary to ensure we prepare them, and ourselves, for a situation that could be thrust upon us at any point. Academic progress is essential to our student’s success and preparation can only support that success.
Thank you for your continued input, support and patience in this Reopening Planning.
Daniel J. Mayberry
Superintendent of Schools
Keene Central School is a vital and cherished part of the community life and cultural tradition of Keene Valley, NY. Located on the Au Sable River in the heart of the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks, this rural K-12 public school serves the children of Keene and Keene Valley in one building, under one roof.
Keene Central School District is locally run, benefits from a close relationship among teachers, staff, students and families, and is strengthened by unparalleled community involvement.
Student achievement consistently ranks above average. Small class sizes allow for individualized learning and flexibility within a traditional educational model and experienced faculty members work closely together with parents to ensure that each child is successful.
Keene Central School is one of the most vibrant and highly regarded school districts in the region.
I am excited to welcome all students, staff and families back in-person for the 2021-2022 school year. The capital project is well underway and almost all areas of campus will be affected. The momentary inconvenience will be well worth it when our new spaces are online and available to students, staff and community members.
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