‘First day’ dates adjusted to allow for more planning

The first day of school for Cohoes students has been adjusted to provide staff additional time to plan curriculum and prepare for the opening of school, it was announced Wednesday during the Board of Education meeting.

The district will now hold Superintendent’s Conference Days on September 3rd and 8th, as well as the 9th and 10th. The first day of school for most students will be Friday, September 11.

First Day of School by Grade/Learning Model

Friday, September 11

  • Grades 1-5 (In-person and virtual learners)
  • Grades 6 and 9, Orientation for in-person learners
  • Grades 7, 8, 10-12 have an asynchronous (not live) at-home learning day

Monday, September 14

  • Pre-K
  • CMS/CHS Gold Day

Tuesday, September 15

CMS/CHS Blue Day

Wednesday, September 16

  • Kindergarten

Under the previous schedule, the first day of school for most students was set for Wednesday, September 9. One of the added Superintendent’s Conference Days was originally scheduled for Election Day on Tuesday, November 3. Because our schools are utilized as polling places, Nov. 3 will be an at-home learning day for all Cohoes students.

We communicated on Tuesday that the Cohoes Teachers’ Association had joined a coalition of local school districts calling for a delay in the return to in-person instruction. District and union leaders met to address questions and concerns from our teachers, resulting in the addition of two Superintendent’s Conference Days prior to the start of school.

From CTA:

CTA would like to thank the District, Board and community for recognizing the benefits of providing teachers additional time to effectively plan for the return of our students for in-person learning. This additional time will allow us to effectively deal with their academic and social emotional needs and ensure that they are returning to the safest environment possible. Students will be returning to a very different environment than they are used to and this time allows us to be ready to address their needs. CTA is always willing to work together with the Board of Education and District for the benefit of the students and families of Cohoes.

Preparing our students for success in tomorrow’s world.

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