The following message is provided as a public service announcement to the Beekmantown CSD school community: Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH) will be expanding their hours for COVID-19 Testing for ASYMPTOMATIC (non-symptomatic, not ill) persons at their CVPH Plaza location (located across the street from the Hannaford Supermarket) from 1pm to 4 pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week. ASYMPTOMATIC family or close contacts of staff OR students from the Beekmantown School District that have a NEED for such COVID-19 testing, due to presumed/known affiliation/near contact with suspected ill persons AND/OR are considered as having elevated health risks, should visit the CVPH Plaza location for COVID-19 testing. Only persons with COVID-19 symptoms (symptomatic) should visit the CVPH Main Campus for COVID-19 testing and treatment as needed.
Thank you to the community for your support during this difficult time. Here is an update on the COVID19 situation. What we know: Roughly fifty (50) people are quarantining for fourteen (14) days. Within these people include an administrator, school nurse, per diem school nurse, numerous Beekmantown Elementary School teachers, a Cumberland Head Elementary School teacher, two Beekmantown Middle School teachers, and an office assistant to name a few. Nine (9) people were sent by the Clinton County Health Department to be tested. Numerous other teachers are being tested as they feel symptomatic. The CCHD has not started the MS contract tracing, because the assumed positive case needs confirmation via a positive test result. Two youth soccer teams are quarantining for fourteen (14) days. This includes players, coaches and referees. The Clinton County Health Department has a lot more work to do on this case. They have been great partners to work with as we maintain the need to keep our students, staff and community safe. We will strive to keep the community informed on this issue. Thank you for your patience.
We reaching out to you this afternoon to let the school community know that the Clinton County Health Department notified Superintendent Mannix after noon today of a serious matter. Specifically, there has been one (1) positive COVID test for a second grade student who attends Beekmantown Elementary School and one (1) assumed positive COVID case with a teacher at the Beekmantown Middle School. What we know: The student did not use district busses. The COVID virus has an up to a 14 day incubation period - both of these individuals were in attendance at school for roughly five days. As our Reopening Plan requires, this student, like any other student exhibiting symptoms, was sent home and was required to see their primary health care provider to be tested. It has been confirmed that all rooms that these individuals occupied in have been thoroughly disinfected. It was also confirmed that in both the teacher’s and the student’s classrooms all public health precautions were strictly adhered to. Only the Clinton County Health Department can conduct contact tracing. They will be reaching out to parents or other adults as they deem necessary. Our Response: In our comprehensive Reopening Plan we have given much thought and deliberation to addressing positive COVID tests. We are going to take this opportunity exceed our stated response. This will allow us to assess the effectiveness of our public health measures like social distancing, mask wearing, handwashing, and disinfecting of rooms. Out of an abundance of caution while we evaluate the effectiveness of our in-person learning the Clinton County Health Department will be conducting contact tracing. Knowing that the incubation period is up to a 14 day period for COVID we will have ALL students conduct remote learning until two weeks from tomorrow, October 5th. At that point we will reassess the situation. The goal of the contact tracing will be to reveal whether meeting or exceeding the public healthy measures is sufficiently effective for in-person learning and preventing the spread of this virus. Please be constantly checking in as the district works hard to maintain transparency during this time to effectively communicate this difficult situation with you. We would ask that you also keep the student and the teacher in your thoughts. As always, any subsequent information will be shared with families as soon as we can.
Hey parents! We know that you lead busy lives and know that life is crazier now more than ever. Don't forget that Beekmantown CSD can take one thing off of your to do list. Let us provide your son or daughter a healthy breakfast and lunch each and every day. It costs nothing for students and by participating in our school meal program, through the Federal Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), it will help ensure that the district will be able to keep providing this service for all students. If you know a family or friend that doesn't know about our free meal program for kids, please let them know about this program. They'll be glad you did.
The Transportation Department is still adjusting and finalizing bus runs for the 2020-2021 due to the unprecedented changes the district is facing. It is the district's goal to have this information sent out on Thursday or Friday of this week. We encourage you if you have not done so already to go to www.parentsquare.com and download the iPhone or Android app so that you can receive these timely notifications all in one place.
September 4, 2020 Dear School Community: I hope this correspondence finds everyone enjoying the end of a summer filled with families and friends. This is an update on our 2020-2021 reopening of the Beekmantown Central School District. First and foremost, we are excited to see teachers and students together again. This is true whether we are learning in person or virtually. This year we will have many challenges. One thing I am certain of is this year will be memorable. We ask you to give each learning opportunity a chance. Please resist labeling or judging a chance to learn in negative terms. We are all unsure of what the future will bring. Instead of focusing on the unknown, let's take a look at what we know. Over the past six months, we have collectively pushed public education further down the evolutionary path than others thought possible. Moreover, we have given our best efforts to enhance the future of our students and we did so in short order. BCSD is ready to continue our evolution to instruct and educate every student, regardless of their setting. In the words of Charles Darwin, "In the long history of humankind those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” Our students are listening and watching. Showcasing how we make the best of difficult or challenging situations sends lifelong lessons to all. I am certain that this year stands a great chance to surprise us and could be awesome if we give every situation a chance for real success. On July 31, 2020, we shared with you and governmental agencies our reopening plan (Here) We made these collaborative decisions after listening to feedback during multiple meetings and reading feedback and data on surveys from many different groups. We researched options and tracked the scientific local, state, national and world data points related to Covid-19 and reopening of schools. Obviously, everyone's opinion was not adopted, but it was listened to and respected. In the final analysis, the vast majority agreed that having educational and instructional options for families would be best. We thank everyone for their willingness to share and serve on our committees. Currently, our local Covid-19 infections are at three (3). This is promising, but it is still evident that the virus is in our community and we will need to be stringent on following public health rules. However, the Beekmantown Central School District is in a fragile state. So everyone is aware, BCSD lost almost three million dollars ($3,000,000.00) in state aid funding for 2020-2021. We recently lost more than three million dollars ($3,000,000.00) more in our yearly Extended Learning Time monies and were told we are losing another almost four million dollars ($3,800,000.00) in NYS education aid promised in April. Losing this massive amount of NYS money is alarming to me and an injustice to our community. I will continue to fight for fair funding and I ask you to join me in the pursuit for equity for our students and staff. Please know that many districts in NYS have already moved to virtual learning due to these drastic financial cuts. As we reopen families need to ensure their emergency contact information is up to date. While we have been working endless hours to ensure a safe and happy return to school, we must realize that each school may close in a moment's notice. Below are only some examples which could cause immediate school closure: 1. There is a Covid-19 outbreak 2. Many staff members are quarantined 3. Students or staff do not follow our public health rules 4. Transportation complexities 5. Staff stays home to care for children allowable under expanded new laws 6. Inadequate local testing or timely results 7. Cleaning staff is absent 8. Teaching staff is absent 9. Bus drivers are out sick 10. More students enroll at BCSD eroding our ability to socially distance 11. Governor Cuomo mandates our closure So, I ask everyone to be prepared for situations where it becomes less safe to educate students in person within our school buildings. Again, make sure your contact information is up to date by emailing or calling the main office of your school. Currently we are finalizing the remaining details for our first day with staff (September 8, 2020) and our first day with students (September 14, 2020). We are excited to bring forward great educational opportunities for our students delivered by our amazingly caring staff. We will continue to monitor all situations, be creative, and adjust anything and everything as needed. Our health and safety measures for a successful return to school meet or exceed standards set forth by the health and political officials who are in charge. Now is the time to once again remind your students, regardless of age, how to become an expert at handwashing, social distancing and wearing a mask for extended periods of time. These necessary skills are the gold standards for a safe return to school and will need to be practiced by all. I continue to be amazed by the spirit and "can do" attitude of our staff and community. Together, if we take the reopening process seriously and move through it slowly and carefully while focusing on safety and growth we will succeed this year. We look forward to helping everyone learn and grow through this experience. Sincerely Daniel W. Mannix Superintendent of Schools
Beekmantown Central School District remains committed to providing nutritious meals to enrolled students of the district's Virtual School of Learning and Development . Please complete the form linked below to note your preferences. The start date for this program is September 16th. For any questions or changes to information once you have completed the form, please contact Mrs. Roxann Barnes via email firstname.lastname@example.org or 518.563.8685. https://bit.ly/VLNMform
Attention BCSD Parents/Guardians: If you have selected in-person education for your child/children and will be needing BCSD transportation but have NOT completed a transportation request form please complete the following form linked below by 12:00 pm Friday September 4, 2020. https://bit.ly/3jIyqo7