SAANYS Connect

SAANYS CONNECT is a new way to learn and share on the topics most vital to school leaders in NYS right now:

  • 30-40 minute panel conversations on current and rapidly evolving topics.
  • Each panel conversation consists of guest experts and SAANYS members.
  • The focus is on sharing experiences and providing you with expertise, resources and tools you can use now and as our current environment evolves.

Next SAANYS Connect session: Thursday, August 27, 2020 | 3 PM
Details coming soon.

Archive & Resources …


#9 – Opening the Conversation: Acknowledging the Impact of Racial Inequity in Our School Communities

August 5, 2020

The recording of this session will be posted soon.


Nice White Parents – This American Life  – Apple Podcasts

How to Start Meaningful Conversations About Race in the Classroom –

Creating the space to talk about race in your school – NEA – GCN Training

Podcast & Resources by

My Brother’s Keeper – NYSED

#8 – Reopening Series: First Things First Update: Where Are We NOW With Health and Safety Protocols?

July 23, 2020



Plainedge Public School Reentry Planning – Parent Survey

Maximizing Opportunities for In-Person Learning Reopening Framework – Shenendehowa CSD

Reopening Framework Presentation – Schenendehowa CSD

What Next? September and Beyond – New Rochelle CSD

COVID-19 Reopening Planning with School Health in Mind – New Rochelle CSD

Parent Re-Entry Plan 2020_2021 – New Rochelle CSD


#7 – Reopening Series: Supporting Student Mental Health and Well-Being

July 9, 2020

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NYSED Mental Health Education Literacy in Schools

‘Anxiety and depression among students have become central issues, and not all young people are affected equally’The Hechinger Report

Granville Mental Health Resources Page

Granville Counselor Referral Form

Playbook for School Reopening – Kaiser Permanente

Maryland’s Recovery Plan for Education


Realistic Thinking Detective Evidence Sheet

Positive Thinking Worksheet

Baldwinsville Plan


From John Kelly, Ph.D., School Psychologist:

School Reentry Considerations: Supporting Student Social and Emotional Learning and Mental and Behavioral Health Amidst COVID-19National Association of School Psychologists 

Panorama Well-being Survey

Community Needs Survey


#6 – Assessing Learning and Instructional Strategies

June 25, 2020



June Reading Research Conference – Stratford Road Elementary School Memorandum

5 Tips for Measuring and Responding to COVID-19 Learning Loss

6 Classroom Changes Teachers Will Make When Schools Reopen

A National Survey to Explore How Students Will “Catch Up”


From the New Rochelle CSD: 

Distance Learning Plan – Elementary Feedback

Elementary(FINAL) and Middle School (DRAFT) Scenario 2

High School DLP_SecondaryFeedback


#5 –Implementing Health and Safety Protocols

June 11, 2020



As shared by Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES:

Community Mitigation Guidelines to Prevent Pandemic Influenza – CDC


From the New Rochelle CSD: 

Coronavirus PREP Plan

Distance Learning Plan 2.0

Distance Learning Plan 2.0 Guide

New Roc & Rolling Plan – Comunication


Shenendehowa Central School District

Community letter on reopening


As shared by Emily O’Brien, Eastplain Elementary School

In response to the rapid shift to remote learning, ClassLink created several tools and resources. Among the tools are two rubrics to help organizations (districts and state) self-assess their readiness for remote learning and returning back to school for the 2020-21 school year.

·  Back to School Plan Rubric

·  Education Continuity Plan Rubric for remote learning

What’s the vision for it?

We want these rubrics to exist in the public domain as living documents. We encourage you to adapt these resources to serve your district/state’s needs. We welcome feedback to continuously improve the rubrics and we encourage professional leadership associations (e.g. COSN, SETDA, AESA, and AASA) to adopt and contribute to the improvement of these resources.”



6 Ways to Bring Students and Staff Back to Schools

Keeping Students and Staff Healthy and Safe When Schools Reopen


#4 – Provision of Special Education Services

May 28, 2020



Elmira City School District Special Education Services Plan

Slides from the Council of Administrators of Special Education – Phyllis Wolfram

NYSED State Guidance:


#3 – Grading and Graduation Requirements

May 14, 2020


Quarter 4 Grading Video for Parents – Shenendehowa Central School District

Schools are using different criteria to assign fourth quarter grades – NYSSBA OnBoard


Below are resources for reflecting on a grading policy.

#2 – Supporting and Working with Our School Communities

April 30, 2020


#1 – The Missing Children in Our School Communities

April 16, 2020



High School Reaching Disengaged Students – Shenendehowa Central Schools
Maintaining Privacy If Making Calls From Home
Home Visit Letter to Parents – Ron Agostinoni, Shenendehowa High School Principal
Help Desk Ticket Submission Guidelines – Shenendehowa Central Schools


MHANYS and the School Mental Health Resource and Training Center

is committed to supporting students, families and schools.  As always, our goal is to reduce stigma, support mental health in communities across NYS, and empower people to develop their own strategies for coping with stress.

Supporting the Mental Health and Wellness of Students and webinar recordings – Online training
(1-hour CTLE credit)

Coping Tools to Support Mental Health and Wellness
Resources for families and caregivers, including family education webinar series
Panel Discussions: Maintaining Mental Health in Schools During Social Distancing