Dear Parents/Caregivers, Students, Families, Staff and Stakeholders:

During March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Orders resulting in the closure of in-person services for all schools in New York State.  CHC staff immediately worked to develop Continuity of Education Plans to creatively assure continued educational, therapeutic and health services for all students to the best extent possible.

In response to the global Coronavirus pandemic, the necessary transition to a remote/virtual method of continued education presented unique challenges particularly for CHC students, families and staff.  While we work collaboratively to meet the needs of students in this new environment, we look forward to the day when we can safely return to in-person services.

Be assured that our paramount priority as we plan for the future is the health and safety of our students, their families and our staff.  As we navigate this changing landscape, schools have been directed to develop reopening plans for three different scenarios providing educational services as follows;

  • Fully in-person
  • Fully remote/virtual
  • Hybrid, a combination of in-person and virtual

In times of rapid changes and crisis, we must continually adapt to changes we cannot foresee.  Considering multiple possible future situations can provide the insight, innovative ideas and decision-making tools needed.  Planning enables us to function from a proactive place, rather than a reactive one.  Scenarios are not predictions, but rather possibilities to plan for and explore.  They help expand our thinking so we can better anticipate and imagine what might happen, thus preparing us to more skillfully manage various outcomes.  As we think through a range of possible outcomes and options, in the process we build flexibility and resilience to navigate changes that may come our way, and to proactively bring about the changes we would like to create.  In times of significant uncertainty, it is more important than ever to hone in on our mission and make thoughtful decisions on what efforts to prioritize.

Historically, CHC has taken a “What if?” approach to new challenges.  The following quote is credited to Michel Foucault: “I’m no prophet.  My job is making windows where there were once walls.”  Even during this time of public health crisis and uncertainty, I am confident that together we can plan, prepare and overcome barriers to make new windows, increase clarity and utilize the power of “What if?” questions to effectively plan for a future that encourages CHC students to thrive!

Sincerely,

Janice C. Gentz, Executive Director


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