Jefferson County Public Health confirmed that a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 earlier today. Attached is a press release that will go to media outlets in a few minutes. This positive test will impact only 7 staff in critical departments. This positive case could impact students who rode District buses on Monday, 11/16 and Tuesday, 11/17. This positive case does not impact a particular building. Public Health will be contacting all staff and students who may have been in close contact and require quarantining. This contact tracing process may not be completed today and go into tomorrow. All schools will be closed and students will be learning remotely on Thursday, 11/19 and Friday, 11/20. This will allow time for complete contact tracing and for necessary staffing changes to be made in departments impacted by quarantining. Stay Well! Scott
The November meeting of the Board of Education is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. Wilson Elementary School New Gym Adams Center, NY 13606 The NYS Department of Health guidance sets limits on social gatherings. We are able to host 50 people including the Board of Education and District representatives. Please be advised that anyone attending the Board Meeting will be required to wear a mask, sign in to support potential contact tracing, and remain socially distanced by a minimum of 6'. If you are not feeling well or if you have symptoms that may be related to COVID-19, PLEASE stay home. Please note that at the time of this posting, the meeting on 11/18/20 is open to the public. The Governor has extended the Open Meetings Law through 12/3/20. Conditions could change between now and 11/18/20 that may require closing the meeting to the public. Meetings will continue to be live streamed via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cN2-3hlKqi4
Dear Parents, Please take just a few seconds to fill out this brief, 3 question survey by Monday, 11/16/20. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and New York State both require we update this information. Thanks in advance for completing this! Scott
Dear Parents, The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has developed a Parent Dashboard to increase transparency and make information about school performance and other school-level data easier for parents and the public to access. The Parent Dashboard is part of New York’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan , which emphasizes equity in education for all students and expands measures of school accountability and student success. This new dashboard will provide parents with information about their child’s school. The Parent Dashboard is now available in addition to the New York State School Report Card on NYSED’s public data site . The Parent Dashboard offers information on all public schools including charter schools. In 2019, NYSED gathered feedback from parents and stakeholders to guide the work of developing the Parent Dashboard. The data elements that parents ranked highest on the survey are available on the Parent Dashboard. NYSED is now gathering additional feedback from parents and stakeholders to guide further enhancements to the Parent Dashboard. We invite parents and other stakeholders to explore the Parent Dashboard and then provide feedback via an online feedback survey available in 17 languages. NYSED will use this feedback to identify the data that is most useful to parents and the public and to make improvements to the website. If you have any questions or would like more information, please visit the Parent Dashboard , which includes frequently asked questions and contact information. Thank you for your feedback and for your continued commitment to your child’s education.
Spartan Community, Our team at the high school and I have been working closely with Jefferson County Public Health since yesterday evening. Our team was able to readily access necessary information like class lists, seating charts, classroom sign-ins, classroom square footage, and ventilation turn over. Public Health concluded their interview process with the student and engaged in the contact tracing process this morning. Because this student was able to remain socially distanced for instruction and because all people in our buildings wear masks, all our schools are able to open tomorrow. Public Health highlighted our safety protocols as being the primary reason more students and staff did not have to quarantine. We will continue to reinforce the safety measures for students an staff. I hope for a quick recovery for the student who tested positive. Stay well, Scott
A student has tested positive for COVID-19. Please see the attached press release that will go to the media in a few minutes. There is also a link with a brief video update on this situation. The District will continue to communicate openly and transparently, sharing what information we can. Contact tracing will begin later this evening and be in full swing tomorrow. Jefferson County Public Health will be contact tracing and reaching out to those who may have been impacted. The District reminds all of how important our safety protocols are and wishes this student a speedy recovery. https://youtu.be/DA4OC4xR39c
Parents, Thank you! Thank you for your support, flexibility, tenaciousness, and caring. We are not able to support students without partnering with you. In order to increase the time students have for in-person teaching and learning, we will be expanding our school day starting Monday, 11/09. This change should not cause too much disruption to daily schedules while increasing the time students are in school by about 45 minutes each day they attend in-person instruction. This time will add up quickly. Increasing the time students are with their teachers and with each other is the primary reason for this change. Secondary is the District needing to meet minimum State Aid hourly time requirements for students for the year. Please see the attached PDF with information about creating more time for students. Please call your child's building if you have any questions. The District knows these are difficult times. Thank you for all your hard work in helping support your child's education. Scott
The second October meeting of the Board of Education is scheduled for Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. Wilson Elementary School New Gym Adams Center, NY 13606 The NYS Department of Health guidance sets limits on social gatherings. We are able to host 50 people including the Board of Education and District representatives. Please be advised that anyone attending the Board Meeting will be required to wear a mask, sign in to support potential contact tracing, and remain socially distanced by a minimum of 6'. If you are not feeling well or if you have symptoms that may be related to COVID-19, PLEASE stay home. The BOE meeting will continue to be streamed via YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIzcsB9R5d4