Dear Minisink Valley parents/guardians:
Collecting accurate data regarding digital resource access for your student helps us to provide the best possible education experience to them. In order to accomplish this, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) is asking parents/guardians to complete a Digital Equity Survey for each student in their families in grades K-12.
We are partnering with NYSED to gather this information because it’s important for the district and NYSED to understand the true levels of a student’s access to the internet as well as the devices they use.
This very short survey is available on the SchoolTool parent portal and will take only a few minutes of time to complete. It’s important that you participate for several reasons:
- The survey data will be used on an ongoing basis throughout the year to help identify specific needs and target resources and funding opportunities when they become available.
- The data are also used in the creation of state policy and legislative initiatives.
- Additionally, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act reporting has indicators that collect information on whether local education authorities within the state used CARES Act funds to provide home internet access for any students, along with data on the student to device ratio. As you know, student home access to the internet has become fundamental for schools nationwide as they plan strategies for continuous learning.
To access the survey, visit SchoolTool and follow these simple instructions: Digital Equity Survey instructions
If you don’t have a SchoolTool parent portal account, now’s a good time to sign-up, as SchoolTool provides parents with important information about their students, such as grades, assignments and attendance. SchoolTool parent/guardian enrollment information
We appreciate your continued support of and trust in our work to provide the best possible education to your student.
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction