From the Superintendent

Dear Silver Creek Central School District Residents,

Unusual, different, non-traditional, not of our choosing but, nonetheless impressive April through June 2020 for our Silver Creek student body, staff and community. Although I would not have chosen this roller-coaster ride for the end of the school year, I am proud of how well our staff and families worked together to support and educate our students during the extended leave.  The history books will write of the worldwide pandemic and our future generations will find it hard to believe what has occurred.  That being said, we have successfully navigated the uncharted waters to a win-win by most standards.  See the end of this article for an interesting timeline of the events since March 2020.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Silver Creek School District residents for their overwhelming support of our successful budget vote and Board election which occurred entirely by absentee ballot on June 16, 2020 for the first time in history.  Your genuine concern and support for the children of our District is greatly valued and appreciated!  I would also like to congratulate Mr. Jerry Cross and Mr. Scott Pulver on being re-elected to five-year terms as Silver Creek School Board members.  Additionally, at our Board of Education reorganization meeting, which occurred July 9, 2020, Mr. Boothe was re-elected as our Board President and Martha Howard as our Vice-President for the 2020-2021 school year.   

I want to congratulate and thank the graduating Class of 2020. Although the school year was shortened for in-person learning, I still witnessed first-hand the leadership and positive role models this class has shown with underclassmen. Over the course of my 28 years as an educator, I have learned that this is vitally important in creating a positive school climate for learning and educational opportunities to take place.  I found this year’s class was exceptional at cultivating positive relationships and encouraging a fine learning environment throughout our high school.  I will miss seeing your smiles, energy and passion in the halls of the high school next school year!  Although you may have been short-changed from some of the traditional end of year events including musicals, concerts, sports, and extracurricular activities, I know that you will never forget some of the fond memories you have created in the halls and classrooms of SCCS.  Best of luck to all of you!

Concerning our Capital Project, work continues throughout the closure and the project remains nearly on schedule.  I anticipate it to be mostly complete for the school start date of September 3, 2020.   I plan to give a thorough update in our Back to School Silverliner which you will receive in August.

This summer, I am working closely with our administrative team to develop possible reopening plan scenarios which include some in-person instruction, on-line instruction or a hybrid model which combines these two, part in-person and part online. See page 11 for more details.  We have filled any staffing vacancies for the 2020-2021 school year and we continue to prepare for  some in-person instruction, administratively attending to paperwork, reports, and schedule planning throughout the summer.  We have planned a great deal of professional development for teachers and support staff so they are best prepared for the next school year with a special focus toward online integration of lessons and instruction in case we are forced into another online learning experience. Elementary, Middle School and High School Summer School, driver education, youth recreation, and summer swim have all been cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus. 

I wish all of you a safe, relaxing and enjoyable summer with your families!  As in the past several months, you have my promise to communicate and share information with you as it becomes available.  I would like to close by reaffirming the deep commitment of our administrative team that we will not be outworked or out-planned so we are best prepared for a safe school experience for OUR children, staff, and entire community when we begin the 2020-2021 school year.   

 Sincerely,

 Mr. Todd Crandall, Superintendent of Schools


COVID-19 School Closure Timeline

  • March 4– First notice to families regarding possible threat of COVID-19 in New York State.
  • March 14– Announced schools closed until further notice due to COVID.  Governor Cuomo granted several two-week extensions to the closure.
  • March 17– Switch to a grades 3-12 virtual online learning with minimal preparation or comprehensive planning time. PK-2 worked mostly with hard copy packets.
  • March 17- All non-essential staff forced to work from home.  Essential staff continued to report to work.  
  • March 18- Began drive-thru and delivery meal distribution to any student desiring breakfast/lunch (over 1,000 meals 3 times per week).
  • March 19- Began enforcing strict social distancing, hand washing and mask wearing procedures throughout the district for essential personnel still reporting.
  • March 26– Board of Education began meeting remotely through Zoom program.
  • March 30- Handed out over 75 mi-fis (wireless hotspots) to accommodate remote learning.
  • April 9– Regents and Grade 3-8 exams cancelled.
  • April 9- Cancelled Spring Recess, instruction continued.
  • April 15- Worked to pass out any student belongings from lockers/classrooms along with continuing to distribute iPads and mi-fis.
  • April 25– BKP parade.  Staff drove a parade route through the District to give the community a needed boost of morale. All local fire departments, Chautauqua County Sheriff, and Seneca Nation Marshalls participated. This was a true community event.
  • May 2– New York State Public High School Athletic Association cancelled all spring 2020 athletics.
  • May 6- Celebrated Staff, Student, Family appreciation week. Everyone became teachers, support staff and educators during the extended leave.
  • May 12– NYS announced that all school budget votes and Board elections had to be done entirely by absentee ballot and published a timeline.
  • May 18- Governor Cuomo announced that schools would remain closed for the remainder of the school year.
  • May 22– Memorial Day long weekend cancelled.  Legal holiday honored but  preceding Friday was instructional day.
  • May 29– Absentee ballots were mailed to all registered district voters.  Over 4,000 mailed.
  • June 11– Elementary Reverse Parade– ES families drove through  the HS bus loop to wave to SCCS faculty/staff.
  • June 15 & 16- “Pop-Up” Grade 8 Moving Up Day. MS Staff took a bus tour for socially distanced visits to 8th graders moving on.
  • June 16– Last day of instruction for 2019-2020 year.
  • June 16– Budget Vote. All absentee ballots received by 5pm were driven to Mayville to be counted by the Board of Elections.  The budget passed.
  • June 17– Senior Class Night was held “drive-in movie” style in the parking lot.
  • June 26 & 28– Graduation was held outdoors in 4 separate ceremonies to accommodate social distancing.