GASD to continue remote learning for the ESY Program this summer

Governor Cuomo signed an Executive Order earlier in June allowing school districts the option of running in-person summer programs for students with special needs. GASD has had several discussions with the Department of Health, surrounding school districts, and New York State Department of Education to consider what action to take.

Our first priority remains the health and safety of all our students. At this time those students who participate in our Extended School Year Program (ESYP) will continue to be programmed remotely, the district has decided.

That being said, we recognize the challenges remote learning can pose for many of our unique learners. For ESYP, we will be providing increased direct virtual instruction, focusing on targeted skill areas. All of our ESYP teachers were actively engaged in professional development and teaching during this school year and are eager to continue work with students this summer. For those students who receive therapy services, this will continue to be delivered via teletherapy.

Thank you for your patience while we gathered as much information as possible. More information will follow. For questions please contact me directly at cssmith@gasd.org.

Christine Smith
Director of Special Education/Student Support Services
Greater Amsterdam School District