KEENE CENTRAL SCHOOL
“The Heart of Our Community”
Keene CSD Reopening Plan 2020 (updated 8/18/2020)
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
“Let each become all he or she is capable of becoming.”
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 join the students, staff, and community at Keene Central School! For many years I have visited the Keene Valley and often dreamed of working here. I am honored to have been chosen to be the next K-12 principal and to help lead the way for the 2018-2019 school year and beyond.
My entire professional career has been one of service to my community and I look forward to continuing that commitment at Keene. Living, learning, and working amid such beautiful surroundings is a truly inspiring venue in which to uphold our mission: “Let each become all he or she is capable of becoming.” A small school setting allows for great involvement in all facets of student life including academics, extracurricular activities, and social-emotional development. I am familiar with rural education having attended, taught, coached, parented, and led in the same western New York district for 26 years. In that time I have served the school and community in a variety of roles, but none greater than educator. A singular focus on what is best for children has driven my work.
While our physical footprint may be small, the offerings at KCS exceed those of much larger districts. The educational experience provided to our students will help them to be happy and productive members of this community and to be successful in whatever they choose to do. A strong academic tradition, attention to the individual, and close ties with the community are what make Keene Central School stand apart from the other schools in the North Country. I am excited to join the staff and become a member of this community.
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