April 30 COVID-19 update: August Regents exams canceled; childcare scholarships available for essential workers

The New York State Education Department announced on April 30 that it is cancelling all August 2020 high school Regents exams in response to the extended statewide closures of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On April 7, the state canceled Regents exams that had been planned for June. In addition, so that students will not be adversely impacted by the absence of Regents testing, the state has already adjusted the graduation requirements students ordinarily must meet in order to earn diplomas, credentials and endorsements.

“It is most important that during the time of closure, educators be able to continue to focus their efforts toward local school and community needs and not have to be concerned about preparing students for state assessments,” according to a memo sent to superintendents.

Essential workers may qualify for childcare scholarships

New York state is using a portion of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funds to provide childcare to income eligible essential workers at no cost. 

Essential workers who must work outside of the home and who are using a regulated childcare provider will receive a scholarship for the cost of care as long as the funds to support it are available. All licensed and regulated providers who are caring for essential workers are able to participate in this new program.

In order to qualify for the scholarship, families must have an adjusted gross income at or below 300% of the federal poverty level. For a family of four, that equals an annual income of $78,600. 

Parents are asked to complete the following application for the CARES Child Care Scholarship via the link below. 

The application will be considered complete once the online application is finished AND the required supplemental documentation is submitted to Child Care Solutions, Inc., the Childcare Resource and Referral Agency for Onondaga County. 

For parents that currently receive a subsidy from their local Department of Social Services (DSS) to pay for childcare, this scholarship can cover the parent co-pay. Parents should apply for the CARES Act Scholarship, and then contact their local DSS to get a letter stating their current co-pay. Please address any questions to Child Care Solutions at 315-446-1220.

COVID-19 CARES Child Care Scholarship Application

Continued communications

The district will continue to update the community via the district website with any new information and frequently asked questions.

Any time-sensitive, critical information will be shared via the district’s SchoolMessenger notification system, which sends email, text message and phone call notifications, depending upon how parents subscribed to the system.

More COVID-19 information and previous F-M COVID-19 communications