Dear Parents/Guardians; After a wonderful summer with lots of sunshine, the start of the 2022-2023 school year is only a few days away. Here at BCS, we have been busy with summer programs at the Elementary School and Middle School, deep cleaning, curriculum work, preparation of fields, and hiring new teachers and staff. We are not only ready to welcome students back on September 6th – we are excited to welcome students back! The 2022-2023 school year promises to be a great year for the Bloomfield Central School District as we look to provide new and meaningful opportunities for students. Items to note as we begin the school year include: COVID - on August 22, schools received New York State guidance related to the reopening of school. After reading the memo it looks like things at the start of the year will be similar to how things were at the conclusion of last year with a few exceptions. Changes to the most current CDC Operational Guidance include: Elimination of the test-to-stay policy recommendation. Changed recommendations to conduct screening testing to focus on high-risk activities during high COVID-19 Community Levels or in response to an outbreak. Removal of the recommendation to pod/cohort. Removal of the recommendation to quarantine, except in high-risk congregate settings. For more information you can read the full guidance document for schools as well as Frequently Asked Questions section for parents. Continuing Education for Community Members -The District has expanded its partnership with FLCC which will now allow us to now offer three FLCC courses to community members in our Operations Center. These courses are open to any adult who is interested. Funding is available for most participants, which can cover the entire cost of the program, including supplies. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Courses begin September 6th. If you are interested in taking, or if you know of someone who may be interested in taking courses, you can read more about the program, classes offered, and sign up for more information. We are excited about offering these opportunities to our community members and look forward to continuing to work to expand this partnership. Pick up & Drop Off - We will be implementing our pre-COVID (the way we used to do it) parent pick up and drop off process this year at the Bloomfield Elementary School. Our Elementary School Principal, Mr. Vaillancourt has sent detailed information to our Elementary parents regarding what the parent pick-up and drop-off process will now look like. If you have any questions regarding that information, we would be happy to help. Please contact the Elementary Main Office. I am looking forward to a great year! I am so thankful to be in a District that offers so many wonderful opportunities for students and enjoys such tremendous support from our parents and community. While other districts have struggled to fill vacancies, we have found outstanding people to fill the openings we have had. This is a direct result of the amazing climate and culture that exists here in Bloomfield. Our new employees have all verbalized that there is something special about this District, and I could not agree more! Thank you for your continued support. Please take care, and as always - let us know if you need anything. Andy Doell
Dear Bloomfield School Family , It is with a very heavy heart that I send this message today. I know we are all heartbroken to hear the news about the tragic shooting that occurred yesterday afternoon at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The news of this senseless tragedy is difficult for us to process and no doubt elicits a variety of emotions as events like this impact people differently. Please be aware that a s a District, we are sensitive to the many needs members of our school community may have while processing through this tragedy. I want you to be aware that we are ready to support students, faculty and staff as they process through this in the coming days and I want you to know that we will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. As more details emerge, we will be using what we learn to review our safety procedures to ensure we are doing all we can to support all those within our school family and keep them safe. These are truly challenging times but I want to assure you that the safety of our students and staff remains our number one priority. Please know we are here and are ready to support students, faculty and staff in any way that we can. As always, if you need anything please do not hesitate to let us know. Andy Doell
Our school district is fortunate to have two outstanding Parent Booster Groups in addition to our terrific PTSA. We have the Bloomfield Parents for Music booster and the Bomber Booster Club for Athletics. Both groups welcome parents of students in any grade level. These groups support our students K-12. Our Bomber Booster Group is looking for new members and has asked the district to share this survey. Please take a few minutes to complete it. Survey Link Thank you to Kristie Willix, the outgoing President of the Bomber Booster Club. Kristie has put in countless hours to support our student-athletes, youth sports programs, and the Special Olympics in Bloomfield. These programs happen because we have parents willing to volunteer their time and expertise. Please consider getting involved! Thank you!