Message from District Superintendent, Kimberly Moritz

July 28, 2020

Dear Springville-Griffith Institute CSD Community:

I’m so excited to soon welcome everyone back for the start of the 2020-21 school year! We’re all delighted that we are permitted to have some level of in-person instruction for our students. Let’s hope that Governor Cuomo confirms permission to return to in-person instruction as we’ve planned in his promised announcement the first week of August.

On this website you should find all of the information you most need about our reopening plan.

Principals are working on individualized information for you and your family, like which group are we, purple or gold? Counselors are busy completing individual student class schedules. This information will be forthcoming in the second and third weeks of August, or sooner if possible.  

We have an important Reopening Needs Assessment coming out next week. It will be critical that every family complete the assessment so that we know what you and your family need.

I’ve heard from parents who are concerned about sending their children back to in-person instruction. I truly hope you’ll see from reading the plan that we’ve taken every possible precaution to bring back our students and staff in the safest possible way. Your child’s health and safety are our #1 priority.

It’s important that we all work together for the mutual benefit of a safe, healthy school environment. Please stress the importance of these simple actions with your children, as that will reinforce what we’re teaching at school.

  1. Have your child wear a face covering at home to help him or her become comfortable in the mask. Help them to understand that wearing a mask is mandatory. We will provide every child with two face coverings on the first day of school.
  2. Please stress and practice the importance of proper hand hygiene—little is more important than frequent, thorough hand washing!
  3. Social distancing is required. Talk about what six feet apart looks like, especially with our youngest students.
  4. Our children take their ques from us. If you exhibit a positive attitude and confidence, your child will feel good about the return to school. Likewise, if you exhibit your own feelings of worry and fear, you will likely raise a fearful child.
  5. Most of all, please monitor your children on a daily basis and keep them home if they exhibit symptoms.

You’ll be hearing from me, our principals and your children’s teachers often. One of the positives of the school closure in the Spring was the fact that so many of our teachers got to know the families of our children better. We’re partners in this and we want the very best for our students. Call me any time with your questions at 592-3230.


Kimberly Moritz

Kimberly Moritz

Superintendent of Schools