A Thanksgiving Message from Superintendent Martin Cox
Dear Clarkstown School Community:
I hope this communication finds you and your family members in good health and spirits.
Despite the countless challenges we face on a daily basis while navigating all aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic, a closer look reveals that our school community has much to be thankful for as we embark on the Thanksgiving Holiday. During my travels to our 13 schools and in the Administrative Offices, I am inspired on a daily basis to see signs of resilience and perseverance in the face of adversity.
Our district, like all schools across the nation and around the world, has had to adapt and adjust to a completely new instructional environment for the first time in the history of public school education. Simply stated, our schools, and the way we operate and instruct today, are completely different from March 12, 2020, the last date all Clarkstown schools were open for all students. From the moment our students get on a bus in the morning, and throughout the day - while walking hallways, spreading out in classrooms, wearing masks, keeping socially distant, having lunches served in classrooms, receiving live instruction while seeing classmates on a screen at home - until departing on the bus, everything has been new and different.
The ability for teachers, staff, principals, and administrators to create this new structure, implement the structure, and overcome multiple obstacles along the way, is a matter for us to be thankful for on a daily basis. The ability for school community members to be patient, understanding, kind, and supportive of each other, are qualities I am thankful for as well.
In summary, I want to express my thanks to our parents, students and employees for their continued efforts to be strong for one another and to provide the necessary support for everyone to be resilient and successful.
Best wishes to you and your family members for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!
Stay strong! Stay healthy!
Martin D. Cox, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools