March 29, 2020
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:
These days, weekends might not feel very different than any other days of the week. At the Niagara Falls City School District, we made a pledge to keep up our normal lines and modes of communication updated and delivered on weekdays and weekends, and we continue to make good on our promise.
This weekend we received quite a bit of information that will quell some of the uncertainty we are all feeling.
The State Education Department has announced that a decision on Regents exams will be coming this week. We will bring you information on the decision immediately. In addition, a decision on Annual Professional Performance Reviews for teachers will be made prior to Easter.
The State Education Department will be making a decision on deadlines for the school board and budget vote and will provide guidance on school board petitions next week.
On a special and very important note, we will provide food over Easter Break, but we will not provide food on Good Friday.
Teachers, next week we will be providing you with training in website creation as a vehicle to reach out and share work with students. Also next week, we will be discussing measures to provide annual reviews for special education students.
Tuesday (3/31/20) at 4:00 p.m., I will meet with two Niagara Falls High School students and answer their questions. The Q & A session will be broadcast on Facebook Live.
The Niagara Falls City School District has accomplished a lot in the past few weeks. I have witnessed teamwork like none other. We are the heartbeat of the community and we are prepared to do whatever it takes to keep our community safe, informed and calm as we wait out this crisis. Be well.
Niagara Falls City School District Superintendent Mark Laurrie