Coronavirus Update for Silver Creek CSD Families

Coronavirus Update for Silver Creek CSD Families
Parent Broadcast 3/30/21


I have two important announcements:  

First, Please be advised that yesterday and today we learned that one High School fully remote student, one High School in person (hybrid) student and one Elementary in person student have tested positive for COVID-19.  The in-person students have not been on campus since March 26. 
The Chautauqua County Department of Health has been notified and is taking further steps to contact trace as needed. The local department of health has or will identify and contact those identified as close contacts of the individuals. 

Second, There will be a change for meal pickup for our MS/HS and full remote students the week before April break.

There will NOT be the usual Friday pickup on April 2.  

Instead, MS/HS students who attend on Thursdays, will leave on 4/1/21 with their meal for Monday, 4/12 only, as we will not be providing a meal for a non-school day (4/2/21).

Meal pickup for fully remote families will be on Thursday April 1, the same times we usually do on Fridays (9 am to 11 am and 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm).  They will be receiving meals for the week of instruction for 4/12-4/16.

**If you are not signed up to receive meals, please do so at least 24 hours in advance so the kitchen staff can prepare them for you.  We cannot guarantee having extra meals for families who did not sign up! The link is available on the Cafeteria page on our website.   
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Parent Broadcast 3/22/21

Please be advised that over the weekend we learned of one positive off site High School student. Today we learned of one positive elementary student. The High School student has not been on campus, but was last transported by our district on March 16. The elementary student was last on campus on March 18.

The Chautauqua County Department of Health has been notified and is taking further steps to contact trace as needed. The local department of health has or will identify and contact those identified as close contacts of the individuals.

We are working with the health department and are taking all recommended steps to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Rest assured, these individuals will not return until they have completed quarantine/isolation procedures for COVID-19 as directed by the local Department of Health.

We once again remind everyone do their part both inside and outside of school to stop the spread of the virus as we must properly ensure the health and safety of everyone on campus. I encourage everyone to maintain a “safe bubble”, limiting interaction with others and stringently following social distancing, face mask, and hand washing protocol to reduce our positive COVID cases which dramatically impacts quarantine numbers, thus allowing us to continue with in-person instruction as we all desire.

If you have questions regarding the information in this broadcast, please contact our school nurse or the District Office.
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Parent Broadcast 3/15/21
Please be advised that over the weekend we learned of one positive High School staff member. This individual has not been on site since Thursday, March 11.
The Chautauqua County Department of Health has been notified and is taking further steps to contact trace as needed. The local department of health has or will identify and contact those identified as close contacts of the individual.
We are working with the health department and are taking all recommended steps to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Rest assured, this individual will not return until they have completed quarantine/isolation procedures for COVID-19 as directed by the local Department of Health.
We once again remind everyone do their part both inside and outside of school to stop the spread of the virus. I encourage everyone to maintain a “safe bubble”, limiting interaction with others and stringently following social distancing, face mask, and hand washing protocol to reduce our positive COVID cases which dramatically impacts quarantine numbers, thus allowing us to continue with in-person instruction as we all desire.
If you have questions regarding the information in this broadcast, please contact our school nurse or the district office.
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Parent Broadcast 3/8/21

Please be advised that yesterday we learned of one positive High School student.  This individual has not been on site since Friday, March 5.  

The Chautauqua County Department of Health has been notified and is taking further steps to contact trace as needed. The local department of health has or will identify and contact those identified as close contacts of the individual.

We are working with the health department and are taking all recommended steps to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Rest assured, this individual will not return until they have completed quarantine/isolation procedures for COVID-19 as directed by the local Department of Health.

We once again remind everyone do their part both inside and outside of school to stop the spread of the virus as we cannot sustain this high number of positive cases within our system, and we must properly ensure the health and safety of everyone on campus. I encourage everyone to maintain a “safe bubble”, limiting interaction with others and stringently following social distancing, face mask, and hand washing protocol to reduce our positive COVID cases which dramatically impacts quarantine numbers, thus allowing us to continue with in-person instruction as we all desire.

If you have questions regarding the information in this broadcast, please contact our school nurse or my office.
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Parent Broadcast 3/1/21
Please be advised that over the weekend we learned of one positive High School staff member. This individual has not been on site since Friday, February 26.
The Chautauqua County Department of Health has been notified and is taking further steps to contact trace as needed. The local department of health has or will identify and contact those identified as close contacts of the individual.
We are working with the health department and are taking all recommended steps to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Rest assured, this individual will not return until they have completed quarantine/isolation procedures for COVID-19 as directed by the local Department of Health.
We once again remind everyone do their part both inside and outside of school to stop the spread of the virus as we cannot sustain this high number of positive cases within our system, and we must properly ensure the health and safety of everyone on campus. I encourage everyone to maintain a “safe bubble”, limiting interaction with others and stringently following social distancing, face mask, and hand washing protocol to reduce our positive COVID cases which dramatically impacts quarantine numbers, thus allowing us to continue with in-person instruction as we all desire.
If you have questions regarding the information in this broadcast, please contact our school nurse or the District Office
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Parent Broadcast 2/23/21
Please be advised that over break we learned of three positive in-person students (one elementary, one middle, and one high school) and one positive fully remote high school student. The in-person students have not been on campus since Monday, February 8. The remote individual has not been on site at all.
The Chautauqua County Department of Health has been notified and is taking further steps to contact trace as needed. The local department of health has or will identify and contact those identified as close contacts of the individuals. We are working with the health department and are taking all recommended steps to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
We once again remind everyone do their part both inside and outside of school to stop the spread of the virus. I encourage everyone to maintain a “safe bubble”, limiting interaction with others and stringently following social distancing, face mask, and hand washing protocols to reduce our positive COVID cases which dramatically impacts quarantine numbers, thus allowing us to continue with in-person instruction as we all desire.
If you have questions regarding the information in this broadcast, please contact our school nurse or the District Office.

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Please be advised that yesterday we learned of one positive elementary student and one positive middle school student.  These individuals have not been on site since January 27.  

The Chautauqua County Department of Health has been notified and is taking further steps to contact trace as needed. The local department of health has or will identify and contact those identified as close contacts of the individuals.

We are working with the health department and are taking all recommended steps to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Rest assured, these individuals will not return until they have completed quarantine/isolation procedures for COVID-19 as directed by the local Department of Health.

We once again remind everyone do their part both inside and outside of school to stop the spread of the virus as we cannot sustain this high number of positive cases within our system, and we must properly ensure the health and safety of everyone on campus. I encourage everyone to maintain a “safe bubble”, limiting interaction with others and stringently following social distancing, face mask, and hand washing protocol to reduce our positive COVID cases which dramatically impacts quarantine numbers, thus allowing us to continue with in-person instruction as we all desire.

If you have questions regarding the information in this broadcast, please contact our school nurse or my office. ___________________________________________

Parent Broadcast 1/22/21
Please be advised that today we learned of one positive staff member in the transportation department. This individual has not been on site since January 15.
The Chautauqua County Department of Health has been notified and is taking further steps to contact trace as needed. The local department of health has or will identify and contact those identified as close contacts of the individuals.
We are working with the health department and are taking all recommended steps to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Rest assured, these individuals will not return until they have completed quarantine/isolation procedures for COVID-19 as directed by the local Department of Health.
We once again remind everyone do their part both inside and outside of school to stop the spread of the virus as we cannot sustain this high number of positive cases within our system, and we must properly ensure the health and safety of everyone on campus. I encourage everyone to maintain a “safe bubble”, limiting interaction with others and stringently following social distancing, face mask, and hand washing protocol to reduce our positive COVID cases which dramatically impacts quarantine numbers, thus allowing us to continue with in-person instruction as we all desire.
If you have questions regarding the information in this broadcast, please contact our school nurse or the District Office.

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Parent Broadcast 1/20/21

Please be advised that over the weekend we learned of two positive staff members (1 middle and 1 high school) and today we learned of three positive students (1 middle school and 2 high school).

The Chautauqua County Department of Health has been notified and is taking further steps to contact trace as needed. The local department of health has or will identify and contact those identified as close contacts of the individuals.

We are working with the health department and are taking all recommended steps to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Rest assured, these individuals will not return until they have completed quarantine/isolation procedures for COVID-19 as directed by the local Department of Health.

We once again remind everyone do their part both inside and outside of school to stop the spread of the virus as we cannot sustain this high number of positive cases within our system, and we must properly ensure the health and safety of everyone on campus. I encourage everyone to maintain a “safe bubble”, limiting interaction with others and stringently following social distancing, face mask, and hand washing protocol to reduce our positive COVID cases which dramatically impacts quarantine numbers, thus allowing us to continue with in-person instruction as we all desire.

If you have questions regarding the information in this broadcast, please contact our school nurse or my office.
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Parent Broadcast 1/14/21

Please be advised that today we learned of two positive elementary students. The individuals have not been in school since Friday, January 8. Rest assured, proper contact tracing has occurred and any individuals who need to be quarantined have been notified. 

The Chautauqua County Department of Health has been notified and is taking further steps to contact trace as needed. The local department of health has or will identify and contact those identified as close contacts of the individuals.

We are working with the health department and are taking all recommended steps to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Rest assured, these individuals will not return until they have completed quarantine/isolation procedures for COVID-19 as directed by the local Department of Health.

We once again remind everyone do their part both inside and outside of school to stop the spread of the virus as we cannot sustain this high number of positive cases within our system, and we must properly ensure the health and safety of everyone on campus. I encourage everyone to maintain a “safe bubble”, limiting interaction with others and stringently following social distancing, face mask, and hand washing protocol to reduce our positive COVID cases which dramatically impacts quarantine numbers, thus allowing us to continue with in-person instruction as we all desire.

If you have questions regarding the information in this broadcast, please contact our school nurse or my office.
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Parent Broadcast 1/12/21

Please be advised that this past weekend we learned that an elementary staff member tested positive and has since been isolated.  The individual has not been in school since Tuesday, January 5. Today we learned that two elementary students have tested positive, they were last on campus yesterday, Monday, January 11.  Rest assured, proper contact tracing has occurred and any individuals who need to be quarantined have been notified. 

The Chautauqua County Department of Health has been notified and is taking further steps to contact trace as needed. The local department of health has or will identify and contact those identified as close contacts of the individuals.

We are working with the health department and are taking all recommended steps to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Rest assured, these individuals will not return until they have completed quarantine/isolation procedures for COVID-19 as directed by the local Department of Health.

We once again remind everyone do their part both inside and outside of school to stop the spread of the virus as we cannot sustain this high number of positive cases within our system, and we must properly ensure the health and safety of everyone on campus. I encourage everyone to maintain a “safe bubble”, limiting interaction with others and stringently following social distancing, face mask, and hand washing protocol to reduce our positive COVID cases which dramatically impacts quarantine numbers, thus allowing us to continue with in-person instruction as we all desire.

If you have questions regarding the information in this broadcast, please contact our school nurse or my office.

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Parent Broadcast 1/8/21

On December 29, I sent a letter to all district families requesting parental consent to test students for COVID-19 in the event our district or county be designated a cluster zone.  As noted in my letter, we have NO immediate plans to begin testing, we are just putting procedures in place should they become necessary.

Please remember to complete the online form by January 12 at 5pm to indicate if you do or do not consent to have your child tested.  If you are unable to access the form online, please contact the nurse or the district office to arrange for a paper copy to be sent to you.


Parents will be notified if their child is selected to be tested prior to the test being performed.  If you desire to be present during the test, you will have the option to contact the school nurse to make arrangements. 

The full letter and access to the online consent form are available on our website under the “Parents” Tab.  A video and slideshow presentation are also be available on our website.  Again, we are NOT testing at this time and have no indication that we will need to in the near future, we are just putting procedures in place should we need them at a later date.

As an update, over the last two days we have 3 new positive student cases and 1 positive staff case of COVID 19.

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Parent Broadcast 1/6/21

On December 29, I sent a letter to all district families requesting parental consent to test students for COVID-19 in the event our district or county be designated a cluster zone.  As noted in my letter, we have NO immediate plans to begin testing, we are just putting procedures in place should they become necessary.

I will be hosting a Facebook Live event, along with our School Nurse, Jennifer Johnson, this Thursday, January 7 at 5:30 pm to discuss these procedures and answer your questions. 

The full letter and access to the online consent form are available on our website under the “Parents” Tab.  A video and slideshow presentation will also be available on our website.
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December 14, 2020

Good morning Silver Creek families. The Silver Creek PTSA is hosting “Santa’s Secret Shop” today and tomorrow, December 14 &15 from 2 to 7 pm at the Guarcello’s Building on Central Ave. The Santa’s Secret Shop is an opportunity for students, families, and the community to support their PTSA while doing their Christmas shopping.  All gift items range in price from $1-$5.  To honor the Covid-19 safety precautions, please know, this will be an outside, open-air event, masks and social distancing ARE REQUIRED. Details are provided on our website and Facebook page.

Also, as a result of the current 7 school day closure, we are arranging for a meal drop at your home with 7 days’ worth of food which will be delivered this Wednesday, December 16.  Please phone the school switchboard at 934-2603 extension 0 and tell Mrs. Rybak your name and the number of children in your household and the meals will be delivered to your house.  Please phone the switchboard by Tuesday, December 15 at 12:00pm to place your order.

Have a good day!
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Parent Broadcast 12/10/20

The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. Today we learned that there was another remote learning elementary student that tested positive. As announced in the past several broadcasts, we have experienced a consistent increase in positive COVID cases which has led to an increase in student and staff quarantine numbers.  Because of the consistent increase in positive cases which has occurred since the week of November 16, we have struggled to adequately cover programming.  Our high school has been remote and even with the elementary and middle school open, we have had approximately five or six elementary classrooms remote because of a shortage of staffing with not enough substitutes available to assist us.  This problem continues to perpetuate itself. 

As a result, we have made the decision to transition the entire District to a fully remote learning model starting next Monday, December 14 through December 22.  During this time frame of approximately 7 school days combined with Winter Recess, will allow approximately 3 weeks of space, distance, and separation for all staff and students.  We plan to resume in-person learning on Monday, January 4, 2021.  I wanted to make this announcement this evening so that we could adequately inform students/families so appropriate childcare arrangements can be made starting next week.

I want to express that our belief is that our families that choose to be in person learn best in person.  We will do EVERYTHING in our power to mitigate any possible spread of the virus in schools.  In fact, research shows that there is very little transmission occurring in schools, this supports our desire to get students back in school on January 4, 2020.  We know that’s where students belong and learn best if they chose to do so.

Middle school and High school will be remote as planned tomorrow while elementary will be in-person for the scheduled half-day.  Elementary students will take all of their belongings home with them tomorrow.

Fully Remote families picked up meals today for the next seven school days.  Other families that need meals should call the switchboard by Monday, December 14 at 12:00pm giving their name and the number of meals needed.  MS/HS students will have the opportunity to pick up belongings as needed for the extended remote session on Monday, December 14.

Out of District placements will continue as usual unless the location is in a designated Orange/Red Zone.  For a complete list, please see our website or Facebook page.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this difficult time together. _______________________________________________

Parent Broadcast 12/9/20

Attention Virtual families:  food pickup will be tomorrow, Thursday, 12/10 from 11am -1:00pm and 3:00pm – 4:30pm at the high school band door NOT Friday as normal because there is a half day Friday.

Today we learned that one Elementary school staff member and one Elementary school student have tested positive for COVID-19.

The Chautauqua County Department of Health has been notified and is taking further steps to contact trace. The affected individuals have been isolated and the staff member has not been on campus since December 3, 2020, while it is important to note that the student has not been on campus since November 20, therefore there has been no contact.  The local department of health has or will identify and contact those identified as close contacts of the individuals.

We are working with the health department and are taking all recommended steps to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Rest assured, these individuals will not return until they have completed quarantine/isolation procedures for COVID-19 as directed by the local Department of Health.

We once again remind everyone do their part both inside and outside of school to stop the spread of the virus as we cannot sustain this high number of positive cases within our system, and we must properly ensure the health and safety of everyone on campus. I encourage everyone to maintain a “safe bubble”, limiting interaction with others and stringently following social distancing, face mask, and hand washing protocol to reduce our positive COVID cases which dramatically impacts quarantine numbers, thus allowing us to continue with in-person instruction as we all desire.

If you have questions regarding the information in this broadcast, please contact our school nurse or my office.
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Parent Broadcast 12/8/20
Attention HS Families: The High School (Grades 9-12) will remain remote for the remainder of the week. We are planning High School students to return on Monday, December 14. Elementary and Middle School students will continue in person as they have this week unless you have received a separate notification from Mr. Stearns, Elementary Principal.
Today we learned that one high school staff member and one high school student have tested positive for COVID-19.
The Chautauqua County Department of Health has been notified and is taking further steps to contact trace. The affected individuals have been isolated and the staff member has not been on campus since December 1, while no high school students have been on campus since November 20. The local department of health has or will identify and contact those individuals identified as close contacts of the individual.
We are working with the health department and are taking all recommended steps to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Rest assured, the individual will not return until they have completed quarantine/isolation procedures for COVID-19 as directed by the local department of health.
We once again remind everyone do their part both inside and outside of school to stop the spread of the virus as we cannot sustain this high number of positive cases within our system, and we must properly ensure the health and safety of everyone on campus. I encourage everyone to maintain a “safe bubble”, limiting interaction with others and stringently following social distancing, face mask, and hand washing protocol to reduce our positive COVID cases which dramatically impacts quarantine numbers, thus allowing us to continue with in-person instruction as we all desire.
If you have questions regarding the information in this broadcast, please contact our school nurse or my office.

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Parent Broadcast 12/7/20

The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. This broadcast is to inform you that today we learned that one elementary student and one high school student have tested positive for COVID-19.

The Chautauqua County Department of Health has been notified and is taking further steps to contact trace. The affected individuals have been isolated and have not been on campus since November 20, 2020.  The local department of health has or will identify and contact those individuals identified as close contacts of the individual. Close contact means being within 6 feet of someone for more than 10 minutes, whether they were wearing a mask or not, and/or if they were in a classroom or similar room more than 60 cumulative minutes in one day while they were infected and/or two days prior to showing symptoms of infection with COVID-19.

We are working with the health department and are taking all recommended steps to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Rest assured, the individual will not return until they have completed quarantine/isolation procedures for COVID-19 as directed by the local department of health.

It is important to note, as indicated in the Parent Broadcast yesterday, the number of positive COVID cases, combined with quarantined individuals is dramatically affecting our staffing.  It is vitally important that everyone do their part outside of the school to maintain social distancing, wear a mask, and wash their hands as we cannot sustain this high number of positive cases within our system, and we must properly ensure the health and safety of everyone on campus.  Contact tracing has indicated that there is very little transmission at school, and school is safe, but the increased number of cases since the week of November 16 has dramatically increased compared to the start of the school year.   I encourage everyone to maintain a “safe bubble”, limiting interaction with others and stringently following social distancing, face mask, and hand washing protocol to reduce our positive COVID cases which dramatically impacts quarantine numbers, thus allowing us to continue with in-person instruction as we all desire.

If you have questions regarding the information in this email, please contact our school nurse or my office.
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Parent Broadcast December 6, 2020

Good evening Silver Creek School Families today is Sunday, December 6, 2020.

The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. This message is to inform you that over the past two days we have had one elementary staff member, one middle school staff member and a buildings and grounds staff member at Silver Creek School test positive for COVID-19.

The Chautauqua and Erie County Departments of Health have been notified and have taken all steps needed to contact trace. The affected individuals have been isolated and have not been on campus since they were symptomatic.  The local departments of health have identified and contacted those individuals identified as close contacts of the COVID positive individuals.   Rest assured, the individuals will not return to our program until they have completed quarantine/isolation procedures for COVID-19 as directed by the local department of health.

We will continue the High School, grades 9-12, in a fully remote model for Monday and Tuesday, December 7 & 8, and reassess Tuesday afternoon for the remainder of the week. A parent Broadcast will be made Tuesday evening.

Elementary and Middle school will return tomorrow to continue in-person/hybrid as we were prior to Thanksgiving break.  There will be approximately 5 classes in the Elementary that will remain remote due to staffing shortages.  Those classroom families will be notified within the next hour via a separate Parent Broadcast by Mr. Stearns. 

Fredonia LoGuidice Vo-Tech BOCES, Maple Avenue BOCES, Brocton BOCES, NCCS & Central Christian Academy students will be picked up from home, the same as the last week for remote learning, to be transported to their programs.   

Any High School family, grades 9-12, that needs meals, please phone the switchboard by Monday, December 7th at noon and provide your child(ren)’s name(s) and number of meals needed.  Arrangements will be made for Tuesday.

All students and families should continue to monitor their health for symptoms of COVID 19.  If you or a family member begin experiencing COVID like symptoms, please do not come to school and contact your healthcare provider immediately. 

If you have questions regarding the information in this email, please contact our school nurse, your building principal, or my office.
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Parent Broadcast December 3, 2020

Please be advised that the purpose of this broadcast is to notify all Silver Creek Central School families that in-person students will return to school as usual on Monday, December 7, 2020.

This recent move to remote learning was prompted by several variables that were beyond our control.   We completely understand and advocate for a consistent in-person schedule with daily routines, structure and face to face in-person teaching and learning, which is vitally important not only for our students, but also our staff and families. 

Please continue to do your part of social distancing, washing hands, wearing masks, and following all Department of Health guidelines so that our COVID numbers decrease and allow us to stay in-person as you desire. 

Rest assured the health and safety of our students and staff continues to be our top priority.  Please know that we always consult with the Chautauqua County Department of Health when making decisions involving potential COVID incidents in our school district.
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Parent Broadcast 11/30/20

We have arranged for meal pickups this Tuesday, December 1 and Thursday, December 3 from 11 am to 1 pm and again from 3 pm to 5 pm at the High School band entrance.  If you are unable to pick your meals up from the school, and need them delivered to your home on Tuesday or Thursday, please phone the switchboard by 3pm today leaving the name(s) of all students in your household and the preferred drop off time (11 to 1 or 3 to 5).  We ask that you have a cooler outside for the meals.   

For fully remote families, your pickup will remain the same on Friday unless you are unavailable, if so, please call so arrangements can be made to deliver on Friday.

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Parent Broadcast 11/25/20

The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. As announced in a previous broadcasts, we have had eight individuals test positive for COVID-19 within the past seven days.  We have had over 15 staff members and 50 students in quarantine over the past two weeks.  Additionally, this week we have a few staff members that became ill and are seeking a COVID test.  As a result of this, and a lack of certified substitutes, this has left us understaffed, creating an inability to operate our programming in person successfully, efficiently, and effectively. 

To that end, we are making the decision that the entire District will remain in a fully remote learning model for next Monday, November 30 through Friday, December 4. We are hopeful these additional days will successfully create space, distance, and separation for all staff and students so that everyone can get and/or remain healthy.  We plan to resume in-person learning on Monday, December 7.  Although this is an extremely difficult decision, the affected staff across the entire district will not allow us to successfully conduct in-person instruction. I wanted to make this announcement this afternoon so that families could make appropriate childcare arrangements for next week.


Out of District placements will continue as usual unless the location is in a designated Orange Zone.

We will provide further information at the end of the week regarding meals.

The Administrative Team and Board of Education remain hopeful that this extended remote time will allow students and staff to successfully socially distance and isolate themselves if they feel ill so that we can once again return to in-person learning which has been so successful for our students.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this difficult time together.

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Parent Broadcast 11/23/20
The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. This broadcast is to inform you that today we learned that two students or staff members at Silver Creek Elementary School have tested positive for COVID-19.
The Chautauqua County Department of Health has been notified and is taking further steps to contact trace. The affected individuals have been isolated and have not been on campus since November 16, 2020. The local department of health has or will identify and contact those individuals identified as close contacts of the individuals. Close contact means being within 6 feet of someone for more than 10 minutes, whether they were wearing a mask or not, and/or if they were in a classroom or similar room more than 60 cumulative minutes in one day while they were infected and/or two days prior to showing symptoms of infection with COVID-19.
We are working with the health department and are taking all recommended steps to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Rest assured, the individuals will not return to our program until they have completed quarantine/isolation procedures for COVID-19 as directed by the local department of health. Tomorrow is a fully remote day for all of our students which assists to provide ample time for the Chautauqua County Department of Health to contact trace. Please know, we have spoken with the health department several times today and have given them any information needed so they can successfully and quickly conduct contact tracing as needed.
All students and staff should continue to monitor their health for symptoms of COVID 19. If you or a family member begin experiencing COVID like symptoms, please do not come to school and contact your healthcare provider immediately.
If you have questions regarding the information in this email, please contact our school nurse, the elementary school principal, or my office.
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Parent Broadcast 11/19/20
The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. As announced in a previous broadcast, a member of our Transportation Department tested positive for COVID-19, subsequently, we learned last evening that another member of the Transportation Department has tested positive and today a middle school student tested positive. The County Health Department has conducted their contact tracing and has advised that other members of our Transportation Department quarantine, leaving us understaffed and barely to transport effectively.
To that end, we are making the decision to transition the entire District to a fully remote learning model for next Monday and Tuesday, November 23 and 24. These two days, combined with Thanksgiving Recess, will allow approximately 9 days of space, distance, and separation for all staff and students. We plan to resume in-person learning on Monday, November 30. I wanted to make this announcement this afternoon so that we could adequately inform students/families so appropriate childcare arrangements can be made for next Monday and Tuesday.
MS/HS students are remote on Fridays and will take all needed belongings, including meals, home today. Elementary students will remain in-person tomorrow and will take all belongings, including meals, home on Friday. Any MS/HS students who were in-person yesterday will have the opportunity to pick up meals and belongings for the extended remote session on Monday, November 23.
Out of District placements will continue as usual unless the location is in a designated Orange Zone. For a complete list, please see our website or Facebook page.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this difficult time together.
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The following locations are in a designated orange zones and will be REMOTE:
• Ormsby
• Baker Road
• Iroquois High School
• Parkdale Elementary School & East Aurora High School
• Orchard Park Middle School & Eggert Road Elementary
• Eden Elementary
• Carrier & WT Hoag
The following locations are in a designated yellow zone and will continue in-person instruction/transportation through November 24 and switch to remote beginning November 30:
• Holland Elementary School & Middle School
• CAM P-TECH
• N. Collins Elementary School & High School
The following locations are not in a designated COVID zone at this time. Transportation will continue as usual:
• NCCS
• LoGuidice

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November 17, 2020

The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. This letter is to inform you that today we learned that a member of the Transportation Department at Silver Creek Central School District has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Chautauqua County Department of Health has been notified and is taking further steps to contact trace. The affected individual has been isolated and has not been on campus since November 13, 2020.  The local department of health has or will identify and contact those individuals identified as close contacts of the individual. Close contact means being within 6 feet of someone for more than 10 minutes, whether they were wearing a mask or not, and/or if they were in a classroom or similar room more than 60 cumulative minutes in one day while they were infected and/or two days prior to showing symptoms of infection with COVID-19.

We are working with the health department and are taking all recommended steps to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Rest assured, the individual will not return until they have completed quarantine/isolation procedures for COVID-19 as directed by the local department of health.

We will provide further updates if additional steps need to be taken. Please continue to monitor yourself/your child for symptoms and stay home if you/they are sick. In addition, please contact your healthcare provider if you develop symptoms or if you have any additional questions or concerns. More information on the symptoms of COVID-19 can be found at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home or on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.

If you have questions regarding the information in this letter, please contact our school nurse, the high school principal, or my office.
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Today is Monday, November 16, 2020.

 The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. This broadcast is to inform you that today we learned that a student or staff member at Silver Creek High School has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Chautauqua County Department of Health has been notified and is taking further steps to contact trace. The affected individual has been isolated and has not been on campus since November 9, 2020.  The local department of health has or will identify and contact those individuals identified as close contacts of the individual. Close contact means being within 6 feet of someone for more than 10 minutes, whether they were wearing a mask or not, and/or if they were in a classroom or similar room more than 60 cumulative minutes in one day while they were infected and/or two days prior to showing symptoms of infection with COVID-19.

We are working with the health department and are taking all recommended steps to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Rest assured, the individual will not return to our program until they have completed quarantine/isolation procedures for COVID-19 as directed by the local department of health.

At this point, school remains open as the Chautauqua County Department of Health is able to successfully contact trace individuals today.  If circumstances change, we will notify staff/families immediately.  All students and staff should continue to monitor their health for symptoms of COVID 19.  If you or a family member begin experiencing COVID like symptoms, please do not come to school and contact your healthcare provider immediately. 

If you have questions regarding the information in this email, please contact our school nurse, the high school principal, or my office.
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Parent Broadcast 11/12/20

 The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. This broadcast is to inform you that today we learned that a student or staff member at Silver Creek Middle School has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Chautauqua County Department of Health has been notified and is taking further steps to contact trace. The affected individual has been isolated and has not been on campus since November 4, 2020.  The local department of health has or will identify and contact those individuals identified as close contacts of the individual. Close contact means being within 6 feet of someone for more than 10 minutes, whether they were wearing a mask or not, and/or if they were in a classroom or similar room more than 60 cumulative minutes in one day while they were infected and/or two days prior to showing symptoms of infection with COVID-19.

We are working with the health department and are taking all recommended steps to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Rest assured, the individual will not return to our program until they have completed quarantine/isolation procedures for COVID-19 as directed by the local department of health. Tomorrow is a fully remote day for all of our students in the middle school which assists to provide ample time for the Chautauqua County Department of Health to contact trace.  Please know, we have spoken with the health department several times today and have given them any information needed so they can successfully and quickly conduct contact tracing as needed. 

At this point, school remains open as our middle school is remote tomorrow.  If circumstances change, we will notify staff/families immediately.  All students and staff should continue to monitor their health for symptoms of COVID 19.  If you or a family member begin experiencing COVID like symptoms, please do not come to school and contact your healthcare provider immediately. 

If you have questions regarding the information in this email, please contact our school nurse, the middle school principal, or my office.

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Parent Broadcast 11/2/20:

This past weekend, we received information regarding two confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the elementary level and one at the middle school level. We have confirmed with the Chautauqua County Department of Health that we do not need to close school to conduct contact tracing as the affected individuals were adequately isolated prior to experiencing symptoms and testing positive.

Additionally, we were informed that two separate individuals (1 middle school, 1 elementary) unintentionally came into contact with a COVID-19 positive individual Saturday evening. These two individuals are being isolated and under mandatory quarantine. Rest assured, none of these individuals will return to school programming until they have completed quarantine/isolation procedures for COVID-19 as directed by the Department of Health.

At this point, school remains open as there is no need to contact trace on school premises as there is no belief that the affected individuals were in contact with anyone on school property. If circumstances change, we will notify staff/families immediately. All students and staff should continue to monitor their health for symptoms of COVID-19. If you or a family member begin experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms, please do not come to school and contact your healthcare provider immediately. The success of our in-person programming is dependent on all of us screening ourselves and not coming to school if we feel ill or have symptoms of COVID-19.

Thank you for your continued support.

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Parent Broadcast 10/28

Attention Elementary School families!  Today is Wednesday, October 28, 2020.

We are pleased to announce that Elementary students will resume in-person instruction beginning this Thursday, October 29.  All needed testing has been completed and there are no confirmed cases presently known.  Please put iPads, chargers, and all items which were brought to your house in the large plastic “go-bag” which seals like a zip-lock bag.  We plan to re-use these in the future. 

We have arranged for a meal delivery for all elementary students which would have been in person between 12:30 and 2 pm.  As with deliveries last spring, please make sure someone is home or have a cooler outside if possible. 

We had planned this Friday, October 30 to be a half-day, but because of the unforeseen transition to remote learning this week, we will now hold a full day in session this Friday, October 30. 

Please know that we recognize the difficulty that remote learning presents, combined with oftentimes difficulty associated with childcare, parent work schedules, etc.  We will continually examine each scenario we are presented with, considering the variables involved and rest assured we desire students to be in person, in a safe environment as much as possible.  We thank you for your continued support as we navigate these difficult and challenging learning environments.  Our commitment remains to you, your children, and your families.

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Parent Broadcast 10/27

Attention Elementary School families!  Today is Tuesday, October 27, 2020.

Please be advised we currently are awaiting one additional test result to make our decision regarding if Elementary students can return Thursday.  We believe that this result will come tomorrow, as we anticipated we would receive it today.  If we receive the test result tomorrow during the day I will send a message during the day informing you.  If not, I will send another message tomorrow evening.

Middle School and High School students will continue with in-person hybrid learning as they have been.
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Parent Broadcast 10/24/20

Please be advised
we have learned of two Elementary staff members who have unknowingly been in contact with COVID positive individuals.  When the staff members learned of this, they immediately reported this information to their school supervisor, quarantined themselves, and either got a test or will be getting a test ASAP.   Out of an abundance of caution, we are going to conduct ALL Elementary school classes remotely on Monday, October 26, Tuesday, October 27 and Wednesday, October 28, 2020.  Middle and High School students will continue their in-person hybrid learning model as normal.  We are doing this to be certain that we are methodically and cautiously responding to a possible COVID exposure within our school buildings.  We have been constantly  consulting  with the Chautauqua County Department of Health and although there is no alarming concern because of our social distancing practices and face mask policy, we, as a district, believe it is best to do this because it involves two staff members who had unknowingly been exposed and then interacted with students.  Therefore, we felt it best to await the COVID test result which we hope to have by Wednesday of this week.

As you are aware, we have been preparing to transition to remote learning if needed.  We plan to deliver student iPads and packets, including student belongings from their desks and cubbies on Monday afternoon during the normal afternoon bus run.  Additionally, at this same time we plan to deliver meals to families along with the students’ iPads, packets and belongings.  The packets delivered Monday will include instruction and information for students and parents pertaining to the remote virtual learning that will begin Tuesday, October 27.

Grades 3, 4 and 5 Remote families are still permitted to pick up materials at the Elementary entrance.

Any Elementary student traveling to an out of District placement will attend as normal.

I will provide an update to all staff/families Tuesday evening.  I want to reiterate, there has NOT been any positive COVID test results by any staff members at this time.  As stated prior, we felt it best to err on the side of extreme caution until we determine the test result at which time we will continue to work with the Chautauqua County Department of Health to conduct contact tracing if needed. 

Thank you all for your support as we continue to work safely and cautiously through this new learning environment. Now more than ever, it is critical that we remain united, knowing that we are all in this together and together we will get through this.
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Parent Broadcast- 10/20/2020

Good afternoon Silver Creek Families. The health and safety of our students and staff remains our top priority. I would like to inform you that a fully remote student enrolled at Silver Creek Central School District has tested positive for COVID-19.  This student has NOT been on the campus at all this school year as he/she is fully remote.

The local department of health is aware and is taking any steps they deem necessary, including contacting those individuals identified as close contacts of the student in question. Again, this does not pertain to us as the identified student is fully remote and has not been on campus this school year.

A letter will be mailed home today with further details.  Please continue to monitor yourself and your child(ren) for symptoms and stay home if you or your child(ren) are sick. In addition, please contact your healthcare provider if you develop symptoms or if you have any additional questions or concerns.

As always, we continue to work with the health department through this pandemic crisis and are taking all recommended steps to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
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Parent Broadcast 9/22

Good afternoon Silver Creek School Families today is Wednesday, September 22, 2020.

Please be advised that the purpose of this broadcast is to notify Middle and High School families that students will return to school tomorrow, Wednesday, September 23, 2020. 

Students will return according to their normal Monday/Wednesday Schedule.  This will be Middle School Groups 1 and D, and High School Group 1, last names A-K.

This recent move to remote learning at the Middle and High School levels was prompted by several variables that were unknown and out of our control.  As this was our first immediate interaction with a COVID situation, we moved to remote learning to respond and maneuver thoughtfully and meticulously.  As a district, we have contemplated and planned for numerous scenarios, but the specific developments we learned of this past weekend contained more unforeseen variables that we had considered.  Now that we have safely and successfully navigated this first immediate dealing with a COVID situation, we are even better prepared to be able to respond and maintain consistent in-person instruction when safe and prudent.  We understand that a consistent schedule with daily routines and structure are vitally important not only for our students, but also our staff and families.  Rest assured the health and safety of our students and staff continues to be our top priority.  Lastly, please know that we always consult with the Chautauqua County Department of Health when making decisions involving potential COVID incidents in our school district.

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Parent Broadcast September 20, 2020

Good afternoon Silver Creek school families, today is Sunday, September 20, 2020. 

Within the last 24 hours, the District's administrative team was informed that a staff member had been in contact with an individual who has subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. The interaction in question took place early last week, and the staff member had no knowledge of the individual's COVID status. At this time, there is no reason to believe that any other Silver Creek staff or students have been exposed, as the COVID positive individual is from outside of the Silver Creek Central School District community, and there has NOT been any positive COVID test result from a Silver Creek staff member. When the staff member learned of this, they immediately self-quarantined, took a COVID test, and reported this information to their school supervisor.   

Please be advised, the District has been in contact with the Chautauqua County Department of Health regarding this situation, and we have been informed that no other individuals, besides the staff member, are required to quarantine, nor are we required to close any of the District's buildings. Out of an abundance of caution, however, we have decided that it is in the best interest of the school community to conduct ALL Middle/High school classes remotely on Monday, September 21 and Tuesday, September 22.   ALL Middle/High school students will follow their remote Friday schedules with both Monday and Tuesday being "A Days" of remote/virtual instruction.  Elementary students will continue as normal with their in person schedule.  All Middle and High School staff are to report to work as normal and conduct remote learning from their classrooms as you do on Friday's. 


As a result of this development, MS/HS sports will NOT begin until at least Wednesday, September 23.

Vo-tech will be cancelled on Monday for all Vo-tech students.  Any student traveling to an out of District placement such as Cassadaga and NCCS  will be transported as normal.

I will provide an update to all staff and families Tuesday evening.  I want to reiterate, at this time there has NOT been any positive COVID test result of a student or staff member,  we are operating Middle and High Schools grades remotely out of an abundance of caution as we promised during our Reopening Plan guidance this past summer.

Thank you and have a great remainder of your weekend.
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Parent Broadcast 7/29


Good evening Silver Creek families.  Today is Wednesday, July 29. 

As stated on our July 21 Parent Broadcast, I am providing an update pertaining to the required district reopening plan scenarios which must be completed by July 31.  The administrative team and our “Safe Return of Student/Staff to School” Committee has been meeting consistently and we have developed plans outlining return scenarios for students at each building level elementary, middle and high school.  The administrative team will be presenting and reviewing each building reopening plan tomorrow evening, July 30, at our 7pm Board of Education meeting which will occur via Zoom.  The Zoom link is available on our district website if you wish to attend. A reminder that these are only scenarios for return and that Governor Cuomo plans to make a decision as to whether schools will be permitted to reopen by August 7. 

Additionally, the building plans will be placed on the district website by Friday evening under a 2020-2021 Reopening section.  I will be hosting a Facebook Live question and answer session on Tuesday, August 4 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  You may submit questions prior to the Facebook Live event to Superintendent’s Secretary Emily Cole at ecole@silvercreekschools.org by Monday, August 3 at 5 pm. 
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Parent Broadcast 7/21

Good evening Silver Creek families. Today is Tuesday, July 21. I have a couple of important announcements:

1. The Village of Silver Creek and Town of Hanover have coordinated efforts with Chautauqua Opportunities and our district to provide free breakfast and lunch to school aged County residents for the remainder of the summer. You will be required to pick up the meals on Monday/Wednesday/Friday between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm at the district high school bus loop. Social distancing and masks are required on school grounds. These meals will be free to all children regardless of family income levels. No information will be requested besides the number of meals your family needs.

2. I would like to thank all families who took the time to complete the reopening survey. We had 395 responses, but were hoping for at least 500. We are leaving the survey open until tomorrow, July 22, at noon for any other families who wish to participate in the survey. If you do not have internet access you may call 934-2603 ext. 1900 for a hard copy. The survey results will be confidential and only be viewed by the administrative team. A general overview of the survey results will be shared at the July 30 board meeting. It is important for you to take this survey so that we can work to prepare a reopening plan in which the majority of the families feel comfortable. https://forms.gle/ryyCkZtxkQSxLUao7

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Parent Broadcast 7/17

Good evening Silver Creek families.  Today is Friday, July 17.  I have a couple of important announcements:

  1. In an attempt to gather parent feedback, the administrative team has created a parent survey.Please go to the district website and take a few minutes to complete the survey which will provide valuable input as we continue to consider safe reopening plans for students and staff.Please complete the survey by Monday, July 20 at 5 pm.If you do not have internet access you may call 934-2603 ext. 1900 for a hard copy. The survey results will be confidential and only be viewed by the administrative team.A general overview of the survey results will be shared at the July 30 board meeting.It is important for you to take this survey so that we can work to prepare a reopening plan in which the majority of the families feel comfortable.

     

  2. The Village of Silver Creek and Town of Hanover have coordinated efforts with Chautauqua Opportunities and our district to provide free breakfast and lunch to school aged district residents beginning Monday, July 20 for the remainder of the summer.You will be required to pick up the meals on Monday/Wednesday/Friday between 11:30 am and 12:30 pm at the district high school bus loop.Social distancing and masks are required on school grounds. These meals will be free to all children regardless of family income levels.

     

  3. The start of the Fall 2020 sports season has been delayed.No athletics will be permitted to begin until September 21.There will be three season as follows:
  • Season 1: Winter Sports- January 4-March 13
  • Season 2: Fall Sports- March 1- May 8
  • Season 3: Spring Sports- April 9- June 12

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Parent Broadcast 7/16

Good evening Silver Creek families.  Today is Thursday, July 16.  I hope all of you are enjoying this hot summer and remaining safe. 

  1. In an attempt to gather parent feedback, the administrative team has created a parent survey.Please go to the district website and take a few minutes to complete the survey which will provide valuable input as we continue to consider safe reopening plans for students and staff.Please complete the survey by Monday, July 20 at 5 pm.The survey results will be confidential and only be viewed by the administrative team.A general overview of the survey results will be shared at the July 30 board meeting.It is important for you to take this survey so that we can work to prepare a reopening plan in which the majority of the families feel comfortable.

Please remember, if you do not have access to internet, you may contact the Superintendent’s Secretary, Emily Cole, at (716) 934-2603 ext. 1900 for a hard copy.

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Parent Broadcast 7/14

Good evening Silver Creek families.  Today is Tuesday July 14.  I hope all of you are enjoying this hot summer and remaining safe. 

 

  1. As you are likely aware, the State Education Department will be releasing guidance documents to all schools in New York State later this week.We will then be required to submit school opening plans to the NYSED by July 31.Governor Cuomo has indicated he will make a decision about school reopening the week of August 1.As I have indicated to you in the past, we have established a district wide Student/Staff Re-Opening Committee which has been meeting the past several weeks.This committee has prioritized a safe return as its #1 priority while also considering operational functions, instructional support, student support and overall wellness as areas to focus on.Please know we are preparing for the possibility of students/staff returning in a traditional setting, completely online setting as we ended the school year, or a hybrid model which combines some in-person learning and some online learning.Please understand, at this point, I have absolutely no indication of what the Governor will direct us concerning our fall return.I plan to provide an update the week of July 27 regarding pour progress as to what our possible reopening plans will look like.As in the past, we are 100% committed to keeping students/staff/families updated.Also as in the past, I am confident that we are all progressing through this difficult time-frame together, and together we will get through it.

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Parent Broadcast 6/16/20

 
“We are all in this together and together we will get through this.”
 
1. Food delivery update: Food delivery will continue with the last delivery date on Friday, June 26.  

2. Elementary/Middle/High school technology drop off will occur Tuesday, June 16 from 4 to 7 pm and Wednesday, June 17 from 10 am to 4 pm.  Middle/High schoolers: Use the main high school entrance bus loop.  Remain in your cars and technology staff will come to your car to collect any iPads, Mi-Fis, library books, and other school owned equipment.  If any elementary students did not make the first drop off session, they may report during the above listed times at the elementary parking lot, park along the pool step entrance. 

3. Feed More of Western New York will have drive-thru mobile food pantry on Monday June 22, 2020 from 11am to 1pm in the parking lot of the Village Hall next to the Silver Creek Fire Station.  It is open to all residents of Northern Chautauqua County, Cattaraugus Indian Reservation and Erie County regardless of residence or income level.  The mobile food pantry will be distributing free perishable items along with fresh fruits and vegetables.  They will be asking for recipient(s) names and phone numbers in case there is a recall on the food.  No income questions will be asked.  People are asked to drive in on the Lincoln Avenue side of the parking lot. 

This is a collaborated effort from the Village of Silver Creek and Feed More of Western New York and the Food Bank of Western New York.   This is a test pilot to see if there is a need for their services, if we have a successful event, there will be additional mobile pantry visits to Silver Creek on either a bi-weekly or monthly basis.

4. This will be my last parent broadcast for this school year.  It is with mixed emotions as I feel we have all grown closer and been through a lot the past three months.  I hope you felt the school district was with you through this terribly difficult time-frame.  I thank all of you for your trust and support.  Rest assured, we have begun preparations for a safe and healthy student/staff return this fall, however that may look.  A letter is being sent in the mail tomorrow which outlines some of these efforts for our eventual return.  I want you to know, through this unnerving past three months, the Board of Education, the entire staff, and I have put student and family concerns first and foremost in our thoughts and efforts.  I sat in my office many evenings preparing for this broadcast and please know the responsibility that we have has weighed heavily because we did not want to let you down.  I have said it numerous times and I never stated it lightly or felt that it was cliché- We have been successful because we are all in this together and together we worked to get through it.  Have a safe summer and I promise I will give you updates throughout the months of July and August.  All my best! 

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Parent Broadcast 6/11/20

“We are all in this together and together we will get through this.”

 

1.       Class Night preparations have been finalized and will continue as a “drive-in” style because the executive order does not permit gatherings until June 26.  Mr. Buczkowski, our high school principal, will be updating senior families on this information on a consistent basis as the details evolve over the next few weeks. 

 

2.       Food delivery update:  in-person food delivery will now take place in the back parking lot behind the high school art wing by the soccer fields. 

 

3.       Today’s Elementary Reverse Parade was a huge success!

 

4.       8th grade families should have received notification regarding “Pop-Up Moving Up Day” occurring next Monday and Tuesday.  Please contact Mrs. Payne with any questions.

 

5.       Elementary Technology Drop Off- Monday, June 15th from 11 am to 7 pm elementary students are asked to drop off iPads and Mi-Fis if you have a school owned device, and pick up any student belongings which were left in classrooms.  Parents should pull into the elementary parking lot, park along the pool step entrance.  DO NOT come into the school, Mrs. Helmer or Mrs. Cook will come to your vehicle- again students/parents will not be permitted in the school.  Staff will come to your vehicle.  Please remember to bring iPads, library books, IRLA books, band instruments, and any other school owned property. 

 

6.       Middle/High school technology drop off will occur Tuesday, June 16 from 4 to 7 pm and Wednesday, June 17 from 10 am to 4 pm.  Use the main high school entrance bus loop.  Remain in your cars and technology staff will come to your car to collect any iPads, Mi-Fis, library books, and other school owned equipment.  If any elementary students did not make the first drop off session, they may report during the above listed times at the elementary drop off location.

 

7.       Feed More of Western New York will have drive-thru mobile food pantry on Monday June 22, 2020 from 11am to 1pm in the parking lot of the Village Hall next to the Silver Creek Fire Station.  It is open to all residents of Northern Chautauqua County, Cattaraugus Indian Reservation and Erie County regardless of residence or income level.  The mobile food pantry will be distributing free perishable items along with fresh fruits and vegetables.  They will be asking for recipient(s) names and phone numbers in case there is a recall on the food.  No income questions will be asked.  People are asked to drive in on the Lincoln Avenue side of the parking lot.


This is a collaborated effort from the Village of Silver Creek and Feed More of Western New York and the Food Bank of Western New York.   This is a test pilot to see if there is a need for their services, if we have a successful event, there will be additional mobile pantry visits to Silver Creek on either a bi-weekly or monthly basis.

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Parent Broadcast 6/8/20

“We are all in this together and together we will get through this.”

 

1.       Absentee ballots for the 2020-2021 budget vote and board member election will now be accepted via mail until 5pm on Tuesday, June 16.  This is a change that Governor Cuomo ordered yesterday.  Again, ballots will now be accepted until Tuesday, June 16.   There will be in-person drop off tomorrow only (June 9) in the high school lobby.  You must wear a mask and practice social distancing to enter the building if you wish to drop your ballot off in person.  Ballots must be in the proper envelope and the envelopes must be completely filled out and signed/sealed to be counted.

 

2.       Additionally, yesterday Governor Cuomo announced that in-person graduation ceremonies which do not exceed 150 people total would be permitted starting June 26.  Our high school principal has been working with class advisors and they are finalizing breaking graduation into two ceremonies which will be conducted on our football field to honor the social distancing guidelines required by the Governor’s executive order. 

 

3.       Class Night preparations have been finalized and will continue as a “drive-in” style because the executive order does not permit gatherings until June 26.  Mr. Buczkowski, our high school principal, will be updating senior families on this information on a consistent basis as the details evolve over the next few weeks. 

 

4.       Food delivery update:  in-person food delivery will now take place in the back parking lot behind the high school art wing by the soccer fields. 

 

5.       Reverse Parade- Thursday, June 11th at 3pm.  Elementary families are encouraged to come drive through the HS bus loop to wave to SCCS faculty and staff.  Please stay in your vehicles for the duration of the event.

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Parent Broadcast 6/3/20

“We are all in this together and together we will get through this.”

 

1. The administrative team has finished a document regarding end of the year events.  This information will be made available on our district webpage, and each building principal will be sending home a letter specific to their grade levels.

 

2. I want to share with all of you that our High School Principal has worked closely with the class advisors and high school staff to prepare a “drive-in” style Class Night program and Graduation ceremony to be held for high school seniors.As Governor Cuomo has not authorized the gathering of more than 10 individuals at any location, we have been forced to have a “Plan A” and “Plan B”.If Governor Cuomo changes the Executive Order allowing more people to gather in one location, we will utilize an outdoor, socially distanced program on our football field and bleacher area.Based on the information I have, it is not likely that we will be able to do this so we have prepared a “drive-In” style program for both Class Night and Graduation.Letters have been sent and specific details will be forwarded to senior students and families regarding this information.Additionally, the elementary school has arranged for a 5th grade “Reverse Parade” in the front loop and the middle school has arranged for teachers to take 8th grade documents to 8th grade student homes In place of the traditional 8th grade moving up day.Individual building principals have sent letters regarding these events and end of the year activities to all students in their buildings.

I understand there is a great amount of concern, especially around our seniors who have seemingly been deprived of their traditional end of the year activities as a graduating senior. We are doing everything allowable under the Governor’s Executive Order.  Mr. Buczkowski, High School Principal, felt it was vitally important to offer a Class Night event, so we are doing that whereas many schools are not.  Lastly, Mr. Buczkowski has a “small surprise” that he is working on to share with seniors after the drive-in graduation ceremony. 

 

3. Absentee ballots for the 2020-20201 budget vote and board member election were mailed to all registered voters today. You must complete the ballot, place in the envelope and complete/sign and seal the ballot envelope for it to be counted.After signing the ballot envelope, you will then place that in the return postage paid envelope sending it to the District in the mail.We must have the ballots by Tuesday, June 9 at 5pm for it to be counted.If you do not receive your ballot, or if you are not registered but are eligible to vote, please contact the district clerk at (716) 934-2603 ext. 1900.


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Parent Broadcast 5/28/20

“We are all in this together and together we will get through this.”

  1. The last day of school for students will be on Tuesday, June 16, 2020.You will receive information from your building office regarding the return of district iPads and how to gather any student personal belongings that may have been left in desks or lockers in early June.

     

  2. Last week Governor Cuomo announced the following:
    1. Schools will not reopen for in-person summer school this year; summer school is to take place via distance learning only. 
    2. No determination has been made regarding potential reopening of schools in the fall.

  3. The administrative team has finished a document regarding end of the year events.  This information will be made available on our district webpage, and each building principal will be sending home a letter specific to their grade levels.


3. The PTSA is coordinating an “Adopt a Senior” opportunity where we are inviting members of the community to put together a gift basket for a member of the Class of 2020.  If you do not wish to do a whole basket but still want to contribute, we also welcome donations of individual items, gift cards, or monetary donations to use toward the gift baskets.   There are 99 members of the class of 2020.  If you want to make one specifically for a boy or a girl, just be sure to label it as such.  Completed baskets and other donations can be dropped off at Mia Bella’s Consignment Boutique at 260 Central Ave. in Silver Creek by appointment. Please call Shannon Karcz at 672-2910 for more information.

 

 

4. Driver’s Education is cancelled for summer 2020

 

 

5. Absentee ballots for the 2020-20201 budget vote and board member election were mailed to all registered voters today.If you do not receive your ballot, or if you are not registered but are eligible to vote, please contact the district clerk at (716) 934-2603 ext. 1900.
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Parent Broadcast 5/26/20

 

“We are all in this together and together we will get through this.”

  1. The last day of school for students will be on Tuesday, June 16, 2020.You will receive information from your building office regarding the return of district iPads and how to gather any student personal belongings that may have been left in desks or lockers in early June.

     

  2. Last week Governor Cuomo announced the following:
    1. Schools will not reopen for in-person summer school this year; summer school is to take place via distance learning only. 
    2. No determination has been made regarding potential reopening of schools in the fall.

  3. The Title VI Native American Impact Aid Hearing will be held on Wednesday, May 27 at 4:00 p.m. by Zoom video conference.  A link will be posted on the district website for those interested in participating.

4. The administrative team has finished a document regarding end of the year events.  I am mailing this home in a letter this week and it is available on our district webpage.

 

 

 

5. The PTSA is coordinating an “Adopt a Senior” opportunity where we are inviting members of the community to put together a gift basket for a member of the Class of 2020.   The suggested basket value is $30 and suggested items:  gift cards, candy, snacks, items to take to college, inspirational items, travel mugs, post it notes, AA batteries,  Command Strips, clear tape, duct tape, a roll of toilet paper, small flash light, travel umbrella, deck of cards, safety pins, throw blankets, gum/mints, and of course a graduation card, etc.

 

We realize that not everybody can afford to do a whole basket but might still want to help, so will also welcome donations of individual items, gift cards, or monetary donations to use toward the gift baskets.  If you would like to either make a basket or donate items, please call Shannon Karcz at 672-2910, so we can keep track of progress.  There are 99 members of the class of 2020.  If you want to make one specifically for a boy or a girl, just be sure to label it as such.  Completed baskets and other donations can be dropped off at Mia Bella’s Consignment Boutique at 260 Central Ave. in Silver Creek once they reopen, but can also be dropped off there before that by appointment.  Feel free to also call Shannon to make drop off arrangements at 672-2910.

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Parent Broadcast 5/21/20

“We are all in this together and together we will get through this.”

  1. The last day of school for students will be on Tuesday, June 16, 2020.You will receive information from your building office regarding the return of district iPads and how to gather any student personal belongings that may have been left in desks or lockers in early June.

     

  2. Friday, May 22 will be an online school day.Next Monday, May 25 will be a legal holiday for Memorial Day.There will be no online learning.

 

3. Meal delivery will occur Friday, May 22 (double portion to account for Monday, May 25) and Tuesday, May 26; Wednesday, May 27; and Friday, May 29.

 

4. The Title VI Native American Impact Aid Hearing will be held on Wednesday, May 27 at 4:00 p.m. by Zoom video conference.  A link will be posted on the district website for those interested in participating.

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Parent Broadcast 5/18/20

“We are all in this together and together we will get through this.”

  1. The last day of school for students will be on Tuesday, June 16, 2020.You will receive information from your building office regarding the return of district iPads and how to gather any student personal belongings that may have been left in desks or lockers in early June.

     

  2. Friday, May 22 will be an online school day.Monday, May 25 will be a legal holiday for Memorial Day.There will be no online learning.

     

  3. Meal delivery will occur Friday, May 22 (double portion to account for Monday, May 25) and Tuesday, May 26; Wednesday, May 27; and Friday, May 29.

 

 

     

    • The drop off procedure will be as follows:
      • The cafeteria door by the band doors will be open to pass materials through.
      • Parents and students will not be permitted to enter the building.
      • Cones will be set up at 6 feet apart to aid in social distancing while waiting in line - you are also welcome to stay in your car until you see an opening at the window if you so choose.
      • Please limit the amount of people who attend to only those necessary.
    • If you have any questions for our music staff please do not hesitate to email Mrs. Ferguson or Miss Sanford.

    We know that we are stronger together. We need all voices to be heard on this important matter.  Please participate in a statewide virtual conversation about reopening schools. You will be able to read and rate other participants' responses. Based on those ratings, the most important thoughts will rise to the top. All contributions are anonymous. 

    This is a statewide exchange facilitated by the 37 New York BOCES (Boards of Cooperative Educational Services). The exchange results will be shared with our elected officials so that they will have a more global understanding of the thoughts and ideas our community members have about returning to in-person schooling.

    I encourage everyone to use the link below to share your thoughts and help evaluate the critical issues. If English is not your first language, there is a translation feature. 

    Thought Exchange Link: https://my.thoughtexchange.com/333518046

    Your BOCES is Erie 2 (Erie-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus)

     

    A reminder that all of this information is available on our website and Facebook page.

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    Parent Broadcast 5/14/20

    “We are all in this together and together we will get through this.”

    1. Friday, May 22 will be an online school day.Monday, May 25 will be a legal holiday for Memorial Day.

       

    2. The annual budget vote and board member election is scheduled for June 9, 2020.All voting will be done by absentee ballot. Ballots will be mailed May 29 and must be returned to the district clerk by 5pm on June 9.A postage paid return envelope will be included in the mailing.

       

      Please monitor our website for news and updates. If you are not a registered voter but are eligible to vote and wish to receive a ballot, please contact the office of the district clerk at (716) 934-2603 ext. 1900.

       

    3. PowerSchool will be unavailable tomorrow, Friday, May 15th for most of the day starting at 9 a.m.  We are doing maintenance on the server and it should be back up by 4:00 p.m.

       

    4. On Tuesday, I shared that our theme of the week is “Parents as teachers and teachers as parents”.I hope you were able to reflect and perhaps even speak with your children/family/friends about the challenges we all have faced.We all have been pushed to both parent and teach in different ways than previously imagined.I applaud those of you that have worked to meet the challenged while dealing with this extremely difficult pandemic crisis.Please know the school remains here, as a resource, for you and your children.We understand how extremely difficult your jobs have been to assume the new roles of extending the classrooms to your homes and teaching along with us.I hope you feel a sense of pride and gratification in rising to the challenge.

     

    A reminder that parents as teachers and teachers as parents we are all in this together.  Let’s continue to learn, grow, and rely on each other.

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    Parent Broadcast 5/12/20

    “We are all in this together and together we will get through this.”

    1. Please be sure that you are your student are remaining in communication with their teachers/administrators through learning apps, email and/or phone.Students are still expected to keep up with assignments and lessons.If you are having trouble and need assistance, please call your student’s main office and leave a message- calls are being checked daily.

       

    2. The annual budget vote and board member election is scheduled for June 9, 2020.All voting will be done by absentee ballot. Ballots will be mailed May 29 and must be returned to the district clerk by 5pm on June 9.A postage paid return envelope will be included in the mailing.

       

      Please monitor our website for news and updates. If you are not a registered voter but are eligible to vote and wish to receive a ballot, please contact the office of the district clerk at (716) 934-2603 ext. 1900.

       

    3. Our theme for this week is “Parents as teachers and teachers as parents”.We are well aware how challenging and difficult this online learning has been for everyone.All of us have been asked to “parent and teach” to a larger degree or in a manner that we are likely uncomfortable with.I hope you reflect on this statement “Parents as teachers and teachers as parents”.Please give this some thought as all of us have been pushed out of our comfort zone, in many ways. I also hope you feel a sense of pride and gratification in rising to the challenge.

     

    A reminder that, as parents as teachers and teachers as parents, we are all in this together.  Let’s continue to learn, grow, and rely on each other.  Stay tuned for another update on Thursday, May 14. 

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    May 6, 2020

    Parent Broadcast

    “We are all in this together and together we will get through this.”

    Good afternoon Silver Creek School families,

    I wanted to share with you that this is a special week for all of us.  This week we are celebrating staff appreciation week but this year we have been forced to deal with a new twist to this celebration.  I would first like to thank the entire staff from bus drivers, aides, secretaries, cleaners, nurses, support staff, teachers, and administrators for their commitment and performance during this pandemic crisis. 

    Equally impressive, I want to make this a celebration as a student/family appreciation week.  I know for certain I speak for all the staff in congratulating you on a job well done during this pandemic crisis.  The success of what we are doing, in this new, remote learning is only possible because we are compassionate, supported, and motivated by each other’s hard work.  I think our recent parade on April 25 demonstrates this very concept of our gratitude and deep commitment towards each other. I heard from numerous students and families how touched they were by the staff parade, but what I also want students and families to know is that your smiles, signs, and waves made our entire day! The police, firemen, staff, students, and families- the community- coming together as one demonstrating that we are all in this together and together we will get through this.

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    Parent Broadcast 5/1/20

    “We are all in this together and together we will get through this.”

    Good afternoon Silver Creek School families.  Happy May Day! It does seem as though the weather is finally going to get warmer and enjoyable to enjoy some outside activities!

     

    ·         School closure- Today Governor Cuomo declared that all schools will remain closed for the remainder of this academic school year.  Additionally, the Governor announced he will make a decision as to whether or not traditional in-person summer school will be permissible by June 1. That decision will also likely impact our decisions regarding graduation ceremonies.  Rest assured that Mr. Buczkowski and I are monitoring and considering all options pertaining to the graduation ceremony.  More information will be forthcoming. 

     

    ·         August Regents- Please be advised that yesterday we received notification that August Regents exams have been cancelled until further notice. 

     

    ·         Begin discussing Plan for re-entry –The administrative team has begun reviewing operational, instructional leadership and teaching practices to proactively build/reinforce systems so we are best prepared for student return.  I want you to know that we are focused on the present time and this new learning environment but we also focus our energy and efforts towards preparing for the near future possibilities and return of students. 

     

    ·         Although the Governor’s announcement that schools remain closed for the remainder of the year is very sad, I’m certain it is necessary and wise for everyone’s safety. It is hard to believe and at times to completely understand, but please know the district staff has been energized and remains steadfast in our commitment towards OUR students and families.  The Board of Education, administrative team, and entire staff remains committed to all of you in this time of unpredictability.  Although there is a great amount of uncertainty, I am completely certain that we are all in his together and together we are stronger and will get through this. 

     

    A reminder: Follow us on Facebook @SilverCreekCSDOfficial or tag us under #BKP

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    Parent Broadcast 4/28/20

    “We are all in this together and together we will get through this.”

    Thank you to all of the students/families and community members that came out for the Black Knight Parade this past Saturday, April 25.  The sense of pride and seeing all of the students’ smiles and signs was overwhelming! I want to send out a special thank you to our essential first responder firemen that assisted to facilitate traffic flow and also participate in the parade with the fire department apparatus. 

    Seneca Nation of Indians, Sheridan, Silver Creek Sunset Bay, Hanover Center, and Irving Fire Departments simply were amazing and without their participation we would not have been able to successfully have our parade. Also, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department, New York State Environmental Police, Seneca Nation Marshals were equally impressive and the parade would not have been a success without them.

    I have never witnessed so many people, groups, and an entire community coming together to celebrate our students and show them how much we love them in such a grand manner.  My heart continues to swell with Black Knight Pride.  Remember-   “We are all in this together and together we will get through this.” 
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    Parent Broadcast 4/16/20

    “We are all in this together and together we will get through this.”

    1. We have now pushed out the Seesaw APP to all district iPads that are home with students in grades 3-12. If you have a child in grades PK-2 and an older child in your home, you can now access the learning platform Seesaw Class APP on your older student’s iPad for your younger student to participate in their online learning opportunities.

       

    2. Live zoom instruction is beginning next week in elementary grades 4 and 5 on a limited basis so that teachers can do community circles with their classroom once a week. Teachers will provide information and details to those students/parents.  Parents- I encourage you to ask your son/daughter what a “community circle” is as they have been doing these all year long.

       

    3. For any families that will be picking up lunches, beginning next week, per Governor Cuomo’s executive order, you will be required to wear a mask/face covering in public on the school grounds.

       

    4. I wanted to share that this past Monday, our administrative team began preparing for the school closure to be extended beyond the April 29 deadline.As you are aware, Governor Cuomo today announced that schools will remain closed through May 15.Although I have no idea what the future holds, I want you to rest assured that the administrative team is preparing for all situations such as schools being closed the remainder of the year, students returning before the end of the year, if we are permitted what might summer school look like, etc. Again, I have no insight or prediction but it is our responsibility so we are planning for all scenarios.Additionally, please know that before the school closure, we established an Emergency Response Team comprised of staff such as administrators, department heads, school nurse, SRO, clerical staff, and union representatives and we began preparing for an extended closure which occurred.Tomorrow the team will meet remotely as we continue to refine and review present functionality concerning all areas of operations so that together, we can work to meet the needs of our students.

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    Parent Broadcast 4/14/20

    “We are all in this together and together we will get through this.” 

    • Food Distribution- Please be advised that during the week of April 13, we will provide meals on Tuesday and Thursday, the following week we will return to our normal schedule of three days/week (M/W/F) distribution.

       

    • Continuity of Learning-
      • The administrative team has finalized a letter which will be mailed this week outlining several topics such as grading expectations, homework expectations, amount of work to be sent to families, end of the year exams, and the focus of curriculum priorities to occur in this long-term leave from everyday school.

         

      • The third quarter has closed and the administrative team is presently arranging for report cards to be mailed home next week, the week of April 20.

         

      • New next week, middle school students will start utilizing a computer video conferencing app called “Zoom”, which allows students to interact “live” with their teacher and/or other students as applicable.Teachers will share appropriate safety protocol and teachers have the ability to manage the students which participate in a controlled setting, again, controlled by the individual classroom teacher.Please be sure to ask our son/daughter how they may be using this so you are aware.

         

      • Attention parents of all grade levels- please encourage your son/daughter to communicate with his/her classroom teacher through your child’s digital learning platform such as SeeSaw (grades PK-2), Schoology (grades 3-5 or 6-12), iTunes U (grades 6-12), email, etc.All teachers/support staff have a responsibility to “connect” and communicate with their students as part of their responsibilities.For parents of young children, you may communicate back with the teacher or assist your child, please.

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    Parent Broadcast 4/9/2020

    “We are all in this together and together we will get through this.”

    Good evening Silver Creek School families. 

    • School Closures- New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared that all schools in NYS are to remain closed until April 29.

       

    • The New York State Board of Regents has cancelled NYS Regents exams scheduled for the end of this school year. As a reminder Grades 3-8 end of the year exams are cancelled also.Any high school students that are taking Advanced Placement Courses and/or college level courses should continue to plan that the AP exams or end of year college exams will take place. Schools across New York State just received updated guidance from the New York State Education department this afternoon as to how courses will be handled now that Regents exams have been cancelled.Mrs. Privitere, Mrs. Payne, Mr. Buczkowski and I are presently reviewing all of this information and more information will be mailed home next week by each building office.

       

    • Food Distribution- Please know that during the week of April 13, we will provide meals on Tuesday and Thursday. The following week we will return to our normal schedule of three days/week (M/W/F) distribution.

       

    • Continuity of Learning- As I have shared, the week of April 13 will no longer serve as Spring Break as Governor Cuomo has mandated that districts continue to provide education opportunities.To that end, we will continue with our normal instructional delivery which has been established and is presently occurring.
      • The administrative team is presently finalizing a document which will be mailed home to families next week and outlines some of the various changes and protocols that have occurred surrounding our new learning in this digital framework.The document will outline several topics such as grading expectations, homework expectations, amount of work to be sent to families, end of the year exams, and the focus of curriculum priorities to occur in this long-term leave from everyday school.
        • Please be advised that the third quarter ended yesterday, April 8.Our intention is to mail report cards home the week of April 20.Please know that the district will utilize all the students’ first, second, and third quarter grades as a basis for promotion for next school year.Depending on when, or if, we return to school this year, fourth quarter may be calculated as a numerical grade and/or a pass/fail at various building levels which will be considered along with the first three quarters in calculating the yearly average.It is important that students continue to apply themselves as fourth quarter WILL be a consideration, largely on their level of effort and participation in this new method of learning.Again, the grades for the first three quarters and participation in fourth quarter will be used for promotion of students to the next grade level and for seniors in graduation.
        • Mr. Buczkowski, our High School Principal, will update juniors and seniors regarding end of the year events which normally occur in the high school in his mailing that will go out next week.

           

    • Today we mailed a letter with information from New York State that we were asked to share with all district families regarding health insurance options.We also included information regarding the US Census.

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    Parent Broadcast 4/7/2020

    “We are all in this together and together we will get through this.”

    Good evening Silver Creek School families. 

    • School Closures- New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared that all schools in NYS are to remain closed until April 29.

       

    • The New York State Board of Regents has cancelled NYS Regents exams scheduled for the end of this school year. As a reminder Grades 3-8 end of the year exams are cancelled also.Any high school students that are taking Advanced Placement Courses and/or college level courses should continue to plan that the AP exams or end of year college exams will take place. Schools across New York State just received updated guidance from the New York State Education department this afternoon as to how courses will be handled now that Regents exams have been cancelled.Mrs. Privitere, Mrs. Payne, Mr. Buczkowski and I are presently reviewing all of this information and more information will be shared with students/families by the end of this week.

       

    • Food Distribution- Please be advised that this week food will be delivered on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday as Friday is Good Friday and is a holiday.Also, please know that during the week of April 13, we will provide meals on Tuesday and Thursday. The following week we will return to our normal schedule of three days/week (M/W/F) distribution.

       

    • Continuation of Learning- Please be advised that the week of April 13 will no longer serve as Spring Break as Governor Cuomo has mandated that districts continue to provide education opportunities.To that end, we will continue with our normal instructional delivery which has been established and is presently occurring.
      • The administrative team is presently finalizing a document which will be shared with families next week via letter which outlines some of the various changes and protocols that have occurred surrounding our new learning in this digital framework.The document will outline several topics such as grading expectations, homework expectations, amount of work to be sent to families, end of the year exams, and the focus of curriculum priorities to occur in this long-term leave from everyday school.
        • Please be advised that the third quarter was extended until Wednesday, April 8 to allow any students extra time to submit make up work and/or raise their grade from third quarter.

           

    • US Census 2020- Please be advised that you can now log on to https://2020census.gov/ It is important to complete the census as this information is needed for local government and federal government.Census information directly impacts the amount of money and support services in our school system and community that is provided by the local government, NYS government, and Federal government.Please take time to complete this short survey.


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    Parent Broadcast 4/2/2020

    “We are all in this together and together we will get through this.” 

    • Food Distribution- Please be advised that next week food will be delivered on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday as Friday is Good Friday and is a holiday.Also, please know that during the week of April 13, we will provide meals on Tuesday and Thursday. The following week we will return to our normal schedule of three days/week (M/W/F) distribution.

       

    • Continuation of Learning- Please be advised that the week of April 13 will no longer serve as Spring Break as Governor Cuomo has mandated that districts continue to provide education opportunities.To that end, we will continue with our normal instructional delivery which has been established and is presently occurring.
      • The administrative team is presently finalizing a document which will be shared with families next week via letter which outlines some of the various changes and protocols that have occurred surrounding our new learning in this digital framework.The document will outline several topics such as grading expectations, homework expectations, amount of work to be sent to families, end of the year exams, and the focus of curriculum priorities to occur in this long-term leave from everyday school.
        • Please be advised that the third quarter was extended until Wednesday, April 8 to allow any students extra time to submit make up work and/or raise their grade from third quarter.
      • Please know that as of today, the grades 3-8 tests have been cancelled for this year but no decision has been made regarding Regents exams.I expect that decision to come within the next week.Any high school students that are taking Advanced Placement Courses and/or college level courses should continue to plan that the AP exams or end of year college exams will take place.
      • As a reminder, the Governor has extended the school closure until April 15- I have no indication if the date will be extended beyond that date.A determination will be made the week of April 13.
    • US Census 2020- Please be advised that you can now log on to https://2020census.gov/ It is important to complete the census as this information is needed for local government and federal government.Census information directly impacts the amount of money and support services in our school system and community that is provided by the local government, NYS government, and Federal government.Please take time to complete this short survey.

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    Parent Broadcast 3/30/2020

    “We are ALL in this together and together we will get through this!”

    Good Monday afternoon Silver Creek School families.  As we begin our third full week of no school, I wanted to provide you a brief update or two.

    • Chautauqua County Childcare Taskforce Survey- Link under News tabs on SCCS website to take the survey to determine parent need for child care. Additional updates on Coronavirus also available under the News tab.

       

    • DFT Telephone is offering free Internet –if you don’t have DFT they are offering free Internet until the end of June, go to their webpage or call them. They are located in Fredonia, NY.


    • Governor Coumo declared schools to remain closed until Wednesday, April 15.  We will reassess as that date gets closer, I do not have any idea if this date will be extended again or not.

       

    • Our food program continues to be a big success.We currently deliver Monday, Wednesday Friday, and have a station at school for pick-ups the same days from 10 am to 12 pm.If you have not been taking advantage of the service and are interested, please phone your child’s building secretary and leave a message. Phones are checked regularly if you need any assistance.As a reminder, we are being reimbursed the expenses for the meals so please do not feel you are putting a hardship on our local budget as we had projected to feed any and all school aged students enrolled in our district.
    • Instructional Planning: The administrative team meets consistently throughout the week (via zoom) as we consider and continue to prepare for the next phases regarding our work plan of “providing a continuity of learning” for all students PreK-12.We considered March 16-27 as Phase 1 which was work to triage and meet the short term needs of the students.We consider Phase 2 to be March 30-April 9 where we are ramping up our planning and dissemination of student work/learning.This is happening at lightning speed as the building administrators work with grade levels/teams/departments on how best to provide new learning opportunities and access to learning.The feedback that the administrative team is providing to me is exhilarating in the sense that everyone is taking a serious, creative and research based approach at how to take their individual teaching to a different level in a digital manner.

     Have a terrific week!  I hope you are all safe and well.

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    Parent Broadcast- 3.24.20

     School Offices Contacts- Although secretaries are not in the building on a daily basis, secretaries check email and phone messages throughout the day.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any assistance.  

    (716) 934-2603

    Ms. Emily Cole

    (1900)

    Superintendent’s Secretary

     

    Mrs. Linda Okon

    (4966)

    Administrate Secretary

     

    Mrs. Sharlene Hehir

    (4221)

    CSE/CPSE Secretary

     

    Ms. Jody Ward

    (1116)

    Principal’s Secretary - HS

    Mrs. Shannon Karcz

    (1400)

    Principal’s Secretary - MS

    Ms. Stephenie Smith

    (1100)

    Office Clerk - ES

    Ms. Holly Marcey

    (4979)

    Principal’s Secretary - ES

    Mrs. Pam Postle

    (1964)

    Transportation Clerk

     

    • Phones with no recording abilities- Please ensure that your current phone number is on file with your child’s school office, and that your voicemail is set up and able to receive messages.  The District uses phone as our main method of communication to all families.  
    • Academic Learning Statement-Parents and students are encouraged to check emails and messages daily. PK- Grade 2 families might receive communication from teacher from SeeSaw. Grades 3-5 parents will receive communication through Schoology. Grades 6-12 parents will receive communications from Schoology and iTunesU. Additionally, teachers communicate through Showbie and Remind apps or school email. Students/parents- Please reply and communicate back with teachers so we know you are receiving the messages and/or assignments.
    • Child Care Survey- the Taskforce for Childcare of Chautauqua County is asking you to complete a survey regarding childcare needs ASAP.  This information will NOT be shared publicly and is gathered only by the Chautauqua County Childcare Council, not the District.  It is extremely important to complete this survey to assist in meeting childcare needs. LinkClick here:  Child Care Survey
    • Portable WiFi Hotspots- The District continue to determine if any students need assistance with internet access.  If your child/home does not have internet capabilities, please phone your child’s office secretary, leave a message, and we will return your call. 

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    Parent Broadcast 3.20.20

    • Breakfast/lunch a big success.There is still room for us to feed more.If you have any dogs, or other animals, that are not leashed, we will not deliver the meal.Additionally, please feel free to place a box and/or cooler outside on the step and/or at the end of the driveway (especially if it is a long driveway) so we can place the meal there.Remember, we must see you in the window, wave to us, flash the lights, etc

       

    • Now that this rapid change and extended closure has somewhat settled down, rest assured our administrative team has already been communicating and meeting remotely with teachers/staff to make certain that we are best preparing to educate, teach and communicate with students in this non-traditional manner.More information will be coming next week.

       

    • Next week I don’t plan to do daily updates, rather only when needed but at least twice per week.

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    Added the morning of March 19, 2020 at 11:04 a.m.

    Dear Parent/Guardian: 

    I write this letter, aware of the unprecedented last week of developments, but also assuring you that the school district is here and fully committed to serve you, our students, and this community.  I want you to know that, “We are all in this together and together we will all get through this”.  

    The District is closely monitoring this fluid situation and following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Chautauqua County Department of Health and the New York State Education Department.  Rest assured, the District Emergency Response Team has been meeting consistently to monitor and prepare with the ever changing, newly developing information pertaining to the coronavirus. Student and staff safety is paramount as we monitor the spread of this virus throughout the United States, and more closely in New York State. 

    We have started our food distribution this past Wednesday, March 17, 2020.  FREE breakfast/lunch meals are available to EVERY student during this extended leave.  You can pick meals up at school between 10:00am – 12:00pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday or the free breakfast/lunch meal will be delivered to your home three times a week.  Please phone the school and leave a message at 934-2603 ext. zero to speak to the operator or leave a message. 

    We understand that the recent school closure is a stressful time for all within the district.  Please know that the school support staff will continue to provide guidance to students and families to the best of their abilities.   The Silver Creek Administrative Team met with the school support staff to outline these expectations. Support staff will be available via email and phone. Email will be checked multiple times daily and phone messages daily. However, should a situation arise that warrants immediate mental health intervention, please contact either 9-1-1 or Chautauqua County Crisis Hotline at 1-800-724-0461. Please feel to continue to utilize the counselors as a resource during our time away from school. 

    I will be sending another letter next week to update all of you with new developments.  I close reminding you that we are “Silver Creek School strong, remember, Black Knight Pride (BKP)! We are all in this together and together we will get through this”! 

    All of my best wishes to your families, 

    Todd Crandall
    Superintendent of Schools

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    Added the morning of Thursday, March 19, 2020:

    **REMINDERS & RESOURCES**

    If you or a family member begin showing symptoms of a respiratory disease and suspect it may be COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. Before going to your healthcare provider’s office, inform them that a case of COVID-19 is suspected, and follow their advice.

    Local health departments will contact schools if a suspected or known COVID-19 case emerges. The District is prepared to work with any affected families.

    Families are also encouraged to follow the CDC’s information for travel, available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html. For more information, consider consulting these additional resources: 

    In addition, New York has established a Novel Coronavirus Hotline, which can provide additional information. Call 1-888-364-3065 with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms.
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    Parent Broadcast -March 18, 2020

    “We are all in this together and together we will get through this”

     

    • Food Service Update- Today’s food service pickup and delivery was a big success. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we make this system better. We have reduced our “pick up” locations at our school to two locations.One in the front auditorium entrance (parent last name A-K) and one at the elementary entrance (parent last name L-Z).For deliveries, please know that we cannot leave a food delivery if we do not know that someone is home.When you use the delivery occurring, please wave or be visible in the window.Please DO NOT come outside, we will leave the package on the step.Again, please DO NOT come outside to collect the package from the delivery person so that we can maintain appropriate social distancing.

       

    • Attention Grades 6-12 families:If you did not have an opportunity to get your personal belongings out of your locker, please know the school is emptying lockers into bags and we are hoping to have bags delivered by the end of this week or early next week.iPad delivery will not be done along with the food deliveries.Please contact your building principal to arrange this.

       

    • Free High Speed Wi-Fi available in District Parking Lots- Please be advised that all of the district parking lots have Wi-Fi available for district provided devices.If you do not have Wi-Fi at home, you can access this free Wi-Fi in our parking lots to work and/or download information.

       

    • No one is permitted in the building until further notice.All visitors- students, parents, community members, will not be permitted to enter the building.Please contact your building office by phone or email should you need something. Messages will be checked regularly.

       

    • We understand that the recent school closure is a stressful time for all within the district.  Please know that the school support staff will continue to provide guidance to students and families to the best of their abilities.The Silver Creek Administrative Team met with the school support staff to outline these expectations. Support staff will be available via email and phone. Email will be checked multiple times daily and phones messages daily. However, should a situation arise that warrants immediate mental health intervention, please contact either 9-1-1 or Chautauqua County Crisis Hotline at 1-800-724-0461. Please feel to continue to utilize the counselors as a resource during our time away from school.

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    3/17/20 

    We are all in this together and together we will get through this. A reminder that each parent broadcast is posted to the district website and Facebook so you can review it as needed.

     Good evening Silver Creek School families.  It has been an incredibly challenging time the past week as this situation has unfolded.  I am extremely excited to share that our staff has been incredibly productive the past two days as we have worked together to be creative in preparing materials, documents, and reshaping our thought process towards creating learning experiences for students in non-traditional manners.  Students grades 6-12 have likely had communication from their teachers via digital communication and PK – students, if you weren’t able to stop today to pick up materials, packets will be delivered in the near future.   Please hear the following four updates:

     

    1. If you have not completed the five-question online survey located on the district website or Facebook page, please do so this evening as it will assist us with information we need to help your son or daughter. This survey will take less than three minutes to complete.

       

    2. We have created a new email account for parents and students to send technical support issues that our technology department will check daily. It is support@silvercreekschools.org.

       

    3. Beginning Wednesday, March 18 we will have bagged meals available free of charge for all district students for pick up between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Monday-Friday. There will be four stations on the district campus with pickup locations divided by primary guardian’s last name. A map of the locations will be on the district website. If you are unable to pick up the food and request delivery, it will be dropped off by your mailbox or front door. If you are not available for delivery between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., contact your building office to arrange delivery. There will be no interruption to the Friday food backpack program.You may pick up the food or contact your child’s office to have it delivered.

       

       

    4. We understand that the recent school closure is a stressful time for all within the district.  Please know that the school support staff will continue to provide guidance to students and families to the best of their abilities. The Silver Creek Administrative Team met with the school support staff to outline these expectations. Support staff will be available via email and phone. Email will be checked multiple times daily and phones messages daily. However, should a situation arise that warrants immediate mental health intervention, please contact either 9-1-1 or Chautauqua County Crisis Hotline at 1-800-724-0461. Please feel to continue to utilize the counselors as a resource during our time away from school.

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    March 16, 2020

    Parent Broadcast –

    Topic 1: Access to Learning            

    We are trying to provide opportunities for your child to continue learning.  We will be putting a link on the website for a family survey to see what access to learning is available in homes. Please make every attempt to complete this survey by 8 a.m. tomorrow if at all possible.  This is vital information that will assist us to serve our students.  If you know of any parents/families without access, please share this information with them.

    Survey to Identify Student Needs.  Parents/Guardians, please complete by 8:00am on Tuesday, March 17 or ASAP.       https://forms.gle/dqwcqi8PaRrpH32fA

     

    Topic 2: Locker Clean Out/Work Collection (Grades 6-12)

    The building will be open tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17 between 7:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. for students to collect personal belongings, school work, and/or school supplies from their locker.  This is completely voluntary.  If you are unable to come pick up your belongings tomorrow, contact your child’s school office to make arrangements for alternate day pick up or a delivery from the school.  In an effort to honor social distancing, all Middle School students will enter through the main High School lobby, all High School students will enter through the Art entrance by the soccer fields and students/parents must sign in when they enter. Additionally, tables will be set up in hallways outside classrooms by grade level if your child needs paper copies.  If you cannot come to school, a delivery is expected to be made in the near future.   

    Topic 3: Work Collection (PK-5)

    Work for students will be available for parents to pick up tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17 between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. All materials are bagged, labeled and ready for quick disbursal and will be handed to parents.  This is completely voluntary. Please use the following schedule:

    • Work/materials for students in Grades PK-2 can be picked up from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.Please enter through the band door with the wooden awning.
    • Work/materials for students in Grades 3-5* can be picked up from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the elementary cafeteria.Please enter through the elementary lobby.
    • Any parents unable to pick up during the assigned time slots may pick up in the assigned locations between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. or contact the elementary office to arrange delivery by the school.

    *iPads will be available in the materials for students in grades 3 through 5.  The student’s parent MUST sign an agreement to take an iPad home if they wish to do so. 

    Topic 4: Meals

    Beginning Wednesday, March 18 we will have bagged meals available free of charge for all district students for pick up between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Monday-Friday. There will be four stations on the district campus with pickup locations divided by primary guardian’s last name. A map of the locations is pictured beneath this information and is also included in PDF format. If you are unable to pick up the food and request delivery, it will be dropped off by your mailbox or front door. If you are not available for delivery between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., contact your building office to arrange delivery. There will be no interruption to the Friday food backpack program.  You may pick up the food or contact your child’s office to have it delivered.

    District map for meal pick-up

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    March 15, 2020 

    Dear Silver Creek Families: 

    Good afternoon, please be advised that, school is cancelled for students until further notice. This is being done as a result of the declaration of Chautauqua and Erie County's being declared a State of Emergency because of the Coronavirus. 

    While this school closure applies to students, the Silver Creek faculty and staff will report to work at their regularly scheduled times or as directed by their supervisor. Having our faculty and staff report is in keeping with Health Department guidance and will allow us to plan for and provide ongoing instructional materials for our students. 

    It is important to note that our faculty has been working - and will continue to work on preparations designed to provide all of our students with learning opportunities that can be carried out at home. Our teachers will be working together tomorrow to generate materials for all grade levels and we will then communicate with all families again to let you know the specifics related to how we will share all that information with our students and families. 

    As you know, this is certainly an unusual challenge for all of us. Our primary concern is the health and welfare of our students and families and we will continue to follow the advice of medical professionals and the Chautauqua County Department of Health as we move forward. Please know that we will use the Parent Broadcast system to get updates to you and I would also ask that you refer to this website and our Facebook page for important information as well. 

    Should you suspect you or your child are ill, please call your family physician or the County Health Department for medical advice. Latest guidance from the Health Department advises against reporting to an emergency room or urgent care if you suspect you have coronavirus symptoms. The school nurse is not able to test or treat for this illness. 

    So again, Silver Creek Central School is closed tomorrow - Monday, March 16th - and will remain 
    closed until further notice. All after school, extracurricular, and community activities at the school 
    district are canceled until further notice. This includes the high school musical, community education classes, and any other community use of our facilities. 

    Thank you for your support. I will provide a Parent Broadcast tomorrow afternoon. 

    Todd Crandall 




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    March 13, 2020
     

    Dear Silver Creek Families: 

    I’m following up with you from the letter we sent home on March 4, 2020 regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19).  Please know that we continue to monitor the regular updates from New York State Education Department, the Center for Disease Control and the Department of Health.  As new information becomes available, our goal is to be prepared and educated in our response. 

    Student and staff health and safety is our top priority as we monitor this complicated issue which is changing very rapidly.   Below, please see the steps we have taken to date to prepare:   

    1.        We have established a district-wide Emergency Response Team that has been meeting, and continues to meet, consistently to review items pertaining to coronavirus while conducting in-depth research, planning and preparation.

    2.        We have reviewed our cleaning protocols within our buildings and cafeterias, as we did during the recent influenza outbreak.  Facilities Director Scott Pound has been reviewing cleaning protocols with all staff, including substitute cleaners and custodians.

    3.        We are using strict cleaning protocols between classes in our cafeterias and all food is individually packaged for disbursement and/or prepared by cafeteria staff to eliminate student contact with food being served.  We have ample hand sanitizer available in our cafeterias, throughout every building, and consistently encourage handwashing.

    4.        We have focused our cleaning efforts on shared surfaces such as computer keyboards, handrails, light switches and door handles.  We are discouraging the sharing of supplies.

    5.        We have started enhanced cleaning on our school buses, we are wiping down handrails and seats and are disinfecting each bus on a daily basis. 

    6.        We have ordered additional hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes to be placed and shared throughout the district.  

    7.        We’ve posted signs regarding effective handwashing throughout teacher classrooms, hallways, and common areas.  Our teachers are reviewing these procedures with our youngest students.  Our teachers are taking breaks for handwashing are reminding students to wash their hands routinely.  Tissues are available for all to use and we’re teaching students to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

    8.        We are closely monitoring the locations of the outbreak as we consider our upcoming student travel outside of Chautauqua County and/or New York State. No trips are permitted to Erie County that involve more than 50 total participants as recommended by the Erie County Health Director.  Our International trip scheduled for mid-April has been postponed and will occur at a later date.

    9.        Guidance from the Department of Health repeatedly states that individuals should stay home when sick.  As a district, we have discontinued attendance awards and incentives until further notice.  However, if your son/daughter is not ill please make every attempt to ensure they are at school on time and do not miss days.

    10.     We are evaluating the number of devices that we have available for our students and additionally how we might attempt to provide instruction in the event that this virus impacts us to the point we are unable to have all students in school.  

    We will continue our enhanced communication with all of you while we deal with the coronavirus and its implications.  Please visit our website for updated guidance and/or resources. 

    Sincerely,
    Todd Crandall
    Superintendent of Schools

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    March 4, 2020 

    Dear Parent/Guardian: 

    While the Silver Creek Central School District does not have a confirmed case of COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in our schools, we are aware of concerns in the community about the spread of this relatively new virus. 

    The district is closely monitoring this fluid situation and following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Chautauqua County Department of Health and the New York State Education Department. Rest assured, the district Emergency Response Team has been meeting consistently to monitor and prepare with the ever changing, newly developing information pertaining to the coronavirus. Student and staff safety is paramount as we monitor the spread of this virus throughout the United States, and more closely in New York State. 

    If the district becomes aware that a student or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19, it will immediately notify staff and parents/guardians. If a student or staff member shows respiratory symptoms, we will follow our current practices for handling respiratory illnesses, subject to any additional guidance forthcoming. 

    The district has infectious disease protocols in place and has been taking steps, such as cleaning and disinfecting throughout its schools, to minimize the spread of viruses and a variety of other illnesses. 

    There are a number of steps that students, staff and community members can take to minimize the spread of all respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, according to the state Department of Health: 

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Heavily soiled hands should be washed.

    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

    • Stay home when you are sick.

    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

    If you or a family member begin showing symptoms of a respiratory disease and suspect it may be COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. Before going to your healthcare provider's office, inform them that a case of COVID-19 is suspected, and follow their advice. 

    Local health departments will contact schools if a suspected or known COVID-19 case emerges. The district is prepared to work with any affected families. 

    Families are also encouraged to follow the CDC's information for travel, available at 
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

    For more information, consider consulting these additional resources: 

    • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

    • Travel: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/faqs.html
    • COVID-19: What is Stigma and What Causes It?
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-
    ncov/faq.html?CDC AA reNal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fstigma­faq.html
    • Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Frequently Asked Questions - Prevention
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#prevention
    • Prevention, Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 {COVID-19)
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html

    In addition, New York has established a Novel Coronavirus Hotline, which can provide additional information. Call 1-888-364-3065 with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms.

    The district will continue to share information as it becomes available.

    Again, please know that, as always, the health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we will remain vigilant in our efforts to help prevent the spread of this illness. 

    Sincerely,
    Todd Crandall
    Superintendent of Schools