NISKAYUNA - More than 40 Niskayuna teachers came together in a unique way for their students this week and they did it while remaining apart.
They did it to highlight an email sent home by the district about learning opportunities for students while they remain away from class over coronavirus.
But the teachers also did it to let students know they care about them and will be thinking about them while the students are away.
"It's not the same when we're not at school together ... we miss you ... we miss you all," the video starts.
The unique part about the video is that each section is voiced by a different teacher, recorded in their own home or outside setting.
Teachers highlighted the email, with the learning opportunities. They also urged students to read, write in their journal and to not forget to smile.
"Keep moving and make healthy choices ... take a break and go outside and enjoy some exercise ... learn something new today," three teachers read, the first from an exercise machine and the second as the teacher threw a toy to her dog.
In addition to highlighting learning opportunities, the video also offers assistance to families who don't have access to the internet at home and invited those families to call the district at 518-598-2218.
“These are extraordinary, uncertain times. As we navigate them, our teachers and staff members are thinking about our students," Niskayuna Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra said in a statement. "We found a way to let them know that through a positive message that we hope extends to our community and beyond. I'm very proud of the way our school district has pulled together."
The video came together quickly, officials said. Knowing students were foremost on teachers' minds, the district reached out by email Monday, as teachers collaborated remotely during the emergency planning day, and invited staff to submit videos. The district provided a script to read, teachers also added extras, based on their specialties.
The response from teachers was immediate and overwhelming, officials said.
The district then shared the videos with Capital Region BOCES, who then produced the video. The district then posted it to its Twitter account at @NiskayunaCSD just after 7 p.m. Tuesday evening.
"This one's for our students (heart)," the district wrote.
"We want you to know ... how much we care about you ... and miss you," the video concludes. "We are all about our students here at Niskayuna ... we can't wait until we're all back here together."
More information from Niskayuna schools on their coronavirus break can be found at NiskayunaSchools.org.
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