Health Related Preparedness Plan 2020
Dear Granville Community,
As we are all painfully aware, we will not be returning to regular classes for the 2019-2020 academic year. Though this is deeply regrettable, we want to assure that our remote instruction, meals, and the coordination of child care, for qualified essential workers, will continue.
As we look to this summer and next year, there are many questions regarding the reopening of school for both summer sessions and regular classes in the fall. At the most basic level, our focus must be to provide a safe environment for our students, staff, and visitors. At present, we are beginning to work with our school's safety coordinators, BOCES, and our 30 partner schools to start to look at creating protocols and methods to ensure this. As we receive guidance on required practices and changes from NYS and the Department of Education, we will begin to work with our faculty and staff volunteers as well as our community partners to plan in detail, what this will mean for the Granville Central School District.
To date, we (staff, students, and parents) have collectively met every challenge logically, with forethought and careful consideration. We have overcome obstacles that three months ago were not even thought off, adapted, accommodated, and persevered. As we move into a reopening phase, we must do the same. I would ask for your continued patience and support as we work through what may well be an equally challenging period.
We will continue to share out information about our plans and progress as they become available. The Covide 19 site on our school webpage will continue to be used for this information for the foreseeable future.
Please stay safe and healthy,
Superintendent of Schools
4/6 NYSED has released updated guidance regarding June Regents exams. Please review with your students.
"Students who, during the June 2020 examination period would have taken one or more Regents examinations, will be exempted from passing the assessments in order to be issued a diploma."
During this crisis, all schools in the WSWHE BOCES will be working together, with their local county providers and existing licensed daycare providers to find open placements for families of essential health care workers and first responders. Essential health care workers may include licensed health professionals such as physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, LPNs and nurse assistants or laboratory personnel. First responders may include paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, and firefighters. We will work with these families to find available local county placements and existing licensed daycare providers where there are openings. If you have a need, please contact the District Office at (518) 642-1051 ex 1301 or enter the information here https://forms.gle/WjHRf8UcVgMG55Y78 .
As a result of the cancelation of classes from Monday, March 16 – Friday, April 17th, we understand that many students have left school supplies, clothing or other personal items in school that they may need. In the next few days, we would like to offer all students the opportunity to pick those items up.
Students and parents in the MJT, GES, and students in the Jr/Sr may come to school between the hours of 8:00 and 3:00 on Tuesday 3/17/20 to retrieve personal items. If medications need to be picked up, parents will need to collect those items through the main office. After Tuesday 3/17, we will be shutting the buildings for public access for cleaning purposes. Each building will send out a follow-up robocall tomorrow with building-specific details.
As a reminder for students, we strongly encouraging your limiting contact with those outside your immediate family during this closure. It is vitally important that we all do our best to monitor our health, practice social distancing and wash our hands regularly. The sooner that we can stabilize the situation, the sooner we can all get back to our normal daily routines.
Thank you and be safe,
March 14, 2020
Dear Granville Families,
I am writing with an update on the rapidly developing information regarding COVID-19/Coronavirus. After reviewing all recent information from the Centers for Disease Control and learning that New York State is in the State of Emergency, the Granville Central School District will be joining the 30 other school districts in our BOCES and canceling all classes, all school events and all activities on and off-campus beginning on March 16, 2020, through April 17, 2020, as a result of the COVID-19/Coronavirus. This closure has received the full support of Washington County and our school’s medical provider. Please be aware that, at this time, there are no confirmed cases of the virus in our school community and this closure is proactive in nature and is intended to protect our students and community as a whole.
The district is approaching the closure with the following priorities:
Ensuring that we are PROACTIVE with the health and safety of our community.
Helping our community cope with the closure of the school district by addressing basic needs such as providing free and reduced-price meals to families who need it. (We will be communicating information on how this will occur at a later date).
Plans to encourage student learning for the duration of the closure.
A districtwide closure means that all Granville CSD school activities, meetings, and events, including sports practices, are canceled.
Health and Safety
We recognize that this news will be concerning to many of our students and families. We ask that medical questions be directed to your family doctor/healthcare provider. During the closure, if you or one of your family members tests positive for COVID-19/Coronavirus, please notify public health. The CDC is recommending limiting contact with others. Students should remain home as much as possible and limit their contact outside your immediate family.
During this time, students are not permitted on campus. 10-month faculty and staff will operate on a modified schedule that will be discussed on Monday, March 16th, during our planned professional development day. All 12-month employees will continue to work during the closure, barring any further direction from the Department of Health. Otherwise, our schools will not be open to the public. Principals will be available by email or phone during normal school hours to answer any questions you may have regarding this situation.
Some of our support services, such as guidance planning, social work consults, and scheduling meetings, will take place by phone. Our school counselors may reach out to you and your student during this time off-campus. If you need to get in touch with any of your child’s support personnel, please use email to do so. A full staff directory is available on our website. We hope these connections help reduce any anxiety your child may be feeling about this extended time away from school.
We intend to be distributing food throughout the closure and specific details will be shared with our families as soon as it is finalized. This is subject to change as the situation evolves.
We will continue our Backpack Program. We will be working to facilitate deliveries to students' homes.
Although work has already been done on this, the district will have a Superintendent’s Conference Day on Monday, March 16th, for staff to continue reviewing important information and to create academic materials for your children.
These materials will be shared with families directly and you will be able to find them on the district website. This information is also available on the site we’ve created just for this emergency situation. https://sites.google.com/granvillecsd.org/respondingtocovid19/home, Families should expect to receive more information about staying connected to be posted there.
Out of District Placed Students
We will not be transporting private school students and students with special needs, whose placement is outside of the district, while Granville is closed.
This situation is constantly evolving. The district will continue to evaluate the situation next week and determine the next steps as we continue to help mitigate the community spread of COVID-19/Coronavirus. Please stay tuned for updates as the next week unfolds. We will be communicating with families via email, our Facebook page, and posting information on our district website at www.granvillecsd.org.
Please know, 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.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.
For general questions about COVID-19 please call the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) 24/7 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or visit the Washington County Website at www.washingtoncountyny.gov/coronavirus .