Special Message for Cortland Community
May 1, 2020
Distance Learning Will Continue
Today the Governor announced that we will continue with distance learning for the remainder of the academic year. This means that we will continue our patterns of communication, printed work, and online work. 

Earlier this week, Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa and State Education Department Interim Commissioner Shannon Tahoe announced the formation of a statewide task force that will guide the reopening of our schools. Here, in Cortland, we’ll use the Task Force advice to form our reentry planning. As usual, we’ll use special messages like these to communicate with you as to what that will look like and how it will affect our families and staff.

The Distance Learning Portal will continue to function as the primary communication point. In addition to instructional material, resources related to mental health and well-being are included on the portal. In this section you will find resources for parents, students, and staff. This time of change and uncertainty has been tough on all of us. It’s important that we take care of ourselves as we also take care of each other.

If you have printed materials to return, they can be placed in any of the purple newspaper vending boxes located at schools and food distribution sites. Please make sure that all work has your name, grade, and teacher’s name on it. Ideally, the work can be returned in the envelope in which it came. 
Technology Help
Technology support for district devices and distance learning is available by sending an email to helpdesk@cortlandschools.org . You can expect someone to return your message from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Food Service Continues
Breakfast and lunch continue to be available for every student, Monday through Friday, at locations across the community from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Note: food should not be consumed at the pickup locations. Locations include:
  • Barry Primary bus loop
  • Junior Senior High School bus loop
  • Parker School (parent drop-off area)
  • Penguin Trailer Park (11a - noon only)
  • Randall Middle bus loop
  • Rickard Street Apartments (11a - noon only)
  • Smith Intermediate bus loop
  • Virgil School bus loop
NY Health Insurance 
New Yorkers who are without health insurance should apply now through NY State of Health. If you lost employer coverage, you must apply within 60 days of losing that coverage. Because of a loss of income, New Yorkers may also be eligible for Medicaid, the Essential Plan, Child Health Plus, or subsidized Qualified Health Plan coverage.
Gratitude
We are grateful for the work of our school district faculty and staff. We are grateful for the work and perseverance of our students. We are grateful for the support and hard work of parents and guardians. Cortland is a strong community and together we are at our best. Thank you for all you do!