Coronavirus Update for Silver Creek CSD Families

Coronavirus Update for Silver Creek CSD Families

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