Updates from the Superintendent

November 30, 2021

Dear Carmel Parents/Guardians,

As part of the New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) interest in ensuring that all students have access to essential learning devices, all New York State schools are required to report data on students’ access to computing devices for learning and internet at home.

In response to this requirement, Carmel Central School District is collecting responses from our community regarding digital access at home through an online survey. You will be receiving an email later today or tomorrow with a link to a brief survey to complete. We ask that you help us collect the required data by completing it by December 17.

NYSED previously conducted surveys through the schools regarding students’ and teachers’ access to devices and internet in June 2020 and October 2020.

The data will be used by NYSED on an ongoing basis throughout the year to help identify specific needs and target resources and funding opportunities that may become available. In addition, the data may be used by NYSED to inform legislature and senate initiatives and inform NYSED policy.

Carmel Central School District is committed to ensuring that our students have access to the devices and services they need in order to learn, thrive and be successful in their education.

If you have any questions regarding access to devices or services for your student, please contact lcaruso@carmelschools.org or (845) 878-2094 ext. 238. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Sincerely,

Mary-Margaret Zehr
Superintendent of Schools

Joseph Simoni
Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services & Technology

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