Superintendent’s Message: Remote-Only Learning Option Survey

Dear Watervliet Families,

Many of you may be wondering what the new school year will look like. Like many families across the region, I’m sure you have some questions.

In the Watervliet City School District we are planning for a full return to school in September. We are working closely with regional school districts and the Albany County Health Department regarding protocols to follow, which includes mask wearing, social distancing in classrooms, cafeterias and on school buses. This is critical to our planning for a learning environment that keeps our students and staff safe and healthy. Once we formulate a detailed, realistic plan, we will share with you.

I can share that the Watervliet City School District is planning to participate in the remote instructional model being coordinated through Capital Region BOCES, for students to attend virtually due to medical reasons. This will be opt-in enrollment with a doctor’s note. The intent is to provide a fully remote, full year K-12 program. This model will provide instruction that will align to the New York State Learning Standards and will be offered to students from multiple school districts taught by New York State certified, highly-qualified teachers with experience teaching in a remote environment. Students enrolled in the full-year virtual program will not have access to all the typical electives and in-person programs.

You will soon receive information that is specific to your student’s individual school as well as updates from me regarding the new school year. In the meantime, if you believe your child(ren) will need to take advantage of the fully-remote option for school in September for medical reasons, please let us know by completing a short survey by Wednesday, August 11. Go to the survey

Thank you for your patience as we get closer to welcoming children back.

Dr. Lori Caplan
Superintendent of Schools

(This message was sent to WCSD families via One Call Now email on August 6, 2021.)