Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Updates
Here will be all updates on topics surrounding our response to the Coronavirus.
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Admin Update: Regents, School Budget and more
Posted 4/3/2020 at 4:48:24 PM by Brian DeBoyace [staff member]
I have a few updates but not the update that the administrative team has eagerly been waiting for...the decision on regents exams. Last Saturday we were told to expect an answer by the end of this week. The Board of Regents is meeting next Monday and Tuesday. I hope the answer will be delivered then. As soon as we have this information we will share. Our instructional approach moving forward will be geared off this decision...
 
Educational Programming, Instructional Supports, Report Cards and more
Posted 4/1/2020 at 11:01:20 AM by Brian DeBoyace [staff member]
First, I want to thank you all for your patience, understanding and hard work during this unprecedented time. Our school community has done an excellent job coming together to ensure that our students continue their education and receive quality meals. With this unexpected shift to home instruction, CVSCS has given thought to how student work will be assessed for the third quarter for our secondary students. It has been determined that we will end grading for the third quarter on the last day of on-campus instruction, Friday, March 13th. For those students in grades 7-12 who are missing assignments that were assigned prior to March 13th, teachers will be contacting students and make a plan to get that work submitted. In the elementary school the closure on March 13th ran almost parallel with the end of the second trimester.  Report cards have been generated.

The work students have completed from home thus far is supplemental to the work they have done in school and will not count negatively against them. We will, however, be collecting and providing helpful feedback to students on the work completed. As it is unclear at this time what the length of closure will be, we have yet to determine exactly how the third trimester/fourth quarter will be impacted. We want to assure you that we are putting students first. We strive to continue quality educational programming and instructional supports. I continue to stand by the message I have been consistently sending, the health and well-being of our students, their families, our faculty and staff and community is of the utmost importance to me.

Report cards will be mailed out in two or three weeks. As for continuity of learning over spring break it is my expectation that faculty and staff will be accessible and available during this time to provide supplemental learning.  Meals will continue on Mondays - Wednesdays - Fridays , 9-11 AM at the four fire departments. 

I have not heard from SED (State Education Department) yet regarding Regents exams.  There are many unknowns.  We will address these unknowns as concrete information is provided to us.  The administrative team has been looking at many what if scenarios so that we can have a somewhat organized plan to work from.

Please continue to be safe, stay healthy and try to get fresh air daily. We are all in this together. I take great pride in our school and community.

 
7th and 8th Grade Chromebooks
Posted 3/30/2020 at 10:39:06 PM by Brian DeBoyace [staff member]
Chromebooks will be delivered to the Cherry Valley, Middlefield, Springfield, and South Minden firehouses for pickup on Wednesday, April 1st between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. for our 7th and 8th grade students.  Each student's Chromebook is being delivered to the firehouse that is closest to their home. 

Students: When you pick up your Chromebook, you and a parent/guardian will need to sign the STUDENT PLEDGE FOR LAPTOP USE. 

If you are not sure which firehouse you should go to, please call Ms. Johnson at (607) 264-3265 ext. 507.
Social Distancing, Regents, Instruction, Meal Plan continuation and more
Posted 3/29/2020 at 11:46:40 AM by Brian DeBoyace [staff member]
Dear Parents/Guardians,
      As we enter the third week of social distancing I want to thank you for all your efforts in supporting the education of your children.  Homeschooling is definitely something new for all of us and we hope that you are adjusting.  Governor Cuomo announced on Friday that school closures have been extended through April 14th; return to school on April 15th.  He also shared that closures will be reviewed every two weeks. A decision on Regents exams will be decided by the end of this week. There are many unknowns right now regarding education.  We will keep you posted as we know more...
 
 
Feeling Stressed About Coronavirus?
Posted 3/26/2020 at 11:46:33 PM by Brian DeBoyace [staff member]
The Office of Mental Health has shared a guidance document that includes talking points for Everyone, for Individuals Receiving Mental Health Services, for Parents, Including Parents of Children with Pre-existing Anxiety Disorders, for Caregivers of Older Adults, and for Mental Health Providers.
 
 
 
 
 
Mental Health - Awareness, Reflection and More
Posted 3/25/2020 at 7:12:23 PM by Brian DeBoyace [staff member]
Dear Parents, Students and School Employees,
    As we enter our 2nd week of no school, with more state restrictions being imposed, we are seeing a broad array of emotions.  Some of us are happy to be home, spending time with family, while some of us are experiencing more difficult emotions to process, like fear, anger, sadness, anxiety and confusion amongst others.  Please know and reassure your children that these emotions, in children and adults, are normal.  Very few, if any of us have ever experienced anything like what we are going through now...
 
 
Meal Pick-up, Instructional Packet Delivery, Playground, NYS ELA & Math Assessments, 2020 Census and More
Posted 3/23/2020 at 11:34:04 AM by Brian DeBoyace [staff member]
Change in meal pick-up times
--M-W-F only 9-11 AM pick-up at the four firehouses
--FYI: Children 0-18 years old can receive meals.
-- On Tuesday, March 24th our buses will be going out on their normal AM route dropping off instructional packets and resources to students. The buses will be leaving the school at 8 AM. Please have someone ready to accept homeschooling materials. If no one is home, packets will be left in plastic bags. Each bus will have an extra adult on the bus to assist the drivers. We will do the best we can connecting with you. Contact Ms. Johnson for clarifications, 607-264-3265 ext. 507.
--Cherry Valley bus stops - buses will be there around 8:05ish
---Other bus stops will be where your child gets picked up unless you receive a call from us.

- Playground at the school is closed. We do not have the capability to keep it disinfected. The track is also closed. We are practicing social distancing.

- The NYS 3-8 ELA & Math assessments have been cancelled for this school year along with the NYS 4/8 Science assessments.

2020 Census
- The 2020 Census is easy to complete and can be done from the privacy of your home by Internet, phone or paper. Please respond quickly to avoid unnecessary personal contact or a visit from a Census enumerator.
- Your school community is in "stay at home mode" and may be looking for activities for children. The Census Bureau's Statistics in Schools program contains useful activities for all grade levels, data maps and other visualizations that can both entertain students and continue the learning process that they're missing in school. Here's the link: https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/sis.html
Meal Distribution, Instructional Packets, Daycare Opportunities and More
Posted 3/22/2020 at 4:33:28 PM by Brian DeBoyace [staff member]
I hope you have been able to settle into some sort of routine. Unfortunately, this is going to be our way of life for a while. If anything good comes out of this it is that we sit back and appreciate what we have, and that we take advantage of the quality time we now have with our families. We need to be thinking of our essential workers; the doctors, nurses, grocery store workers, food preparers and drivers at school, etc. Please make sure you look out for them in some way or form. They are the people who need our prayers right now...

 
Helpful Information, March 19th
Posted 3/19/2020 at 2:32:54 PM by Brian DeBoyace [staff member]

?      Spectrum is offering free internet for students K-12 and college students for the next 60 days.  This is dependent on where you live. Reach out and see if you qualify.
?      If you do have Internet please encourage your child(ren) to check email, and respond to their teacher that they are receiving the emails.  This will assist us in knowing who needs additional support.
?      The administrative staff and teachers have been working to provide students and families with instructional resources to assist parents at home. We will be in contact on Monday of what that will look like and how we will get resources to you. Our goal is Tuesday to have a bus run where we will drop material/resources off.  
?      Reminder that there is free breakfast and lunch to ALL students.  Pickups are Monday-Wednesday-Friday at the Cherry Valley, Middlefield, Springfield, South Minden and Fire Departments, 9-11 AM and 4-6 PM. Bags contain two breakfasts and two lunches. 
?      If you are in need of further assistance please contact Mrs. Climenhaga at [email protected] or 607-264-9332, ext. 501.
?      We have one phone line that we are checking daily for messages, 607-264-3265, ext. 507. Main office phone calls are being transferred to this extension. Your best bet is to email the person you need to be in contact with as email may be checked more frequently.


Childcare Needs for First Responders and Healthcare Workers - Data Needed
Posted 3/18/2020 at 12:57:15 PM by Brian DeBoyace [staff member]
Good morning.  Governor Cuomo has asked school districts to assist the families of first responders and healthcare workers with childcare during the pandemic.  Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School is working with our counterparts in neighboring districts to identify the scope of the need.

If you are a first responder or healthcare worker who needs childcare, please email me directly at [email protected]  In that email, please include the ages of each child you would need childcare for. I will then be in touch with you for additional information.

We do not have any details as of yet as to where or when this may be available, this is just data collection at this point to determine the level of need regionally.

Instructional Letter to Parents for March 16, 2020
Posted 3/16/2020 at 6:56:56 PM by Brian DeBoyace [staff member]
It has just been announced that schools will be closed until April 14th. During this closure our teachers and students cannot benefit from the advantages of traditional classroom learning and therefore we will not provide any new instruction or assign any homework to be graded. “Learning Packets" will not be sent home...
 

Meal Program Opportunities
Posted 3/16/2020 at 6:56:27 PM by Brian DeBoyace [staff member]
As a district we feel that it is important to continue to provide free breakfast and lunch to all of our students. If we can assist in alleviating some of the stressors we are more than happy to provide this to you. During the next four weeks there will be Grab & Go points throughout the district...
 
Parent Update Letter for March 16, 2020
Posted 3/16/2020 at 6:42:31 PM by Brian DeBoyace [staff member]
Updated Parent Letter for March 13, 2020
Posted 3/13/2020 at 6:40:17 PM by Brian DeBoyace [staff member]
Parent Letter for March 13, 2020
Posted 3/13/2020 at 6:37:57 PM by Brian DeBoyace [staff member]
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