As we continue to transition into the new school year and schools and districts confront the challenges of reopening, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) is committed to providing continuous support and updated guidance, policies, and regulatory changes as the circumstances require. NYSED is supplementing the school reopening guidance
released in July with additional FAQs, including new teaching and learning guidance
released this week, and additional FAQs will be forthcoming.
Our schools, institutions of higher education, and licensed professionals have worked tirelessly to adapt to the rapidly evolving world caused by this pandemic. The emergency regulations are the latest in a series of flexibilities the Board of Regents and NYSED have extended to our partners to help them support their constituents during this unprecedented time. A full summary of the fifth series of amendments is available in last week's news release
Before closing, I want to congratulate Jennifer Wolfe, the 2021 New York State Teacher of the Year
. Ms. Wolfe, a high school social studies teacher at Oceanside High School on Long Island, is a stellar example of an educator who is devoted to teaching and learning in a way that elevates everyone around her. She has led by example throughout her career, and I'm proud to honor her as our Teacher of the Year. Learn more by watching this video
produced by NYSUT honoring Ms. Wolfe's work. Congratulations, Ms. Wolfe!
I would also like to congratulate the finalists for the 2021 New York State Teacher of the Year:
- Sara Bambino, an English teacher at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, North Syracuse Central School District;
- James Brown, a science teacher from Sand Creek Middle School, South Colonie Central School District;
- Chelsea Dyer, an English teacher at Columbia High School, East Greenbush Central School District; and
- Victoria Gentile, a Special Education teacher at Fort Salonga Elementary School, Kings Park Central School District.
I appreciate your continued support, and I hope you encourage other parents to sign up for our parent email list to receive my biweekly letter.
Betty A. Rosa