It has been two weeks since we closed our doors to students. It has been hard, but I’m happy to say that a lot of positive has happened in that time. Our meal distribution plan is up and running. I am proud to be part of the team handing out food on distribution days. We are running a skeleton crew at the schools, so everyone is doing their part.
Our teachers have been hard at work providing learning materials and resources to our families as well as reaching out to see how their students are handling this upheaval. Mrs. Voos, the Elementary School Counselor, has created a newsletter called The Calming Corner to help our younger students with the social emotional side of social distancing. Our High School Counseling team is very active on social media, encouraging our older students to reach out of they are having a difficult time or just need someone to talk to.
I would like to take a moment to share how proud I am to be Superintendent at this exceptional District. Although our schools are closed, our faculty and staff are eager to support our students and the community in any way we can.
I especially would like to mention our School Cafeteria Lunch Manager, Mary Dellapenna and the cafeteria staff who, beginning today, are distributing two daily meals for pickup in the High School bus loop. I thank them for providing this vital service to our community. More information on meal distribution is available on the website.
Over the past few days our teachers and staff have been working diligently to develop Instructional packets for our students in order to provide a continuity of instruction. The goal of these packets is to provide materials in which students can review previous instruction.
I am happy to say they are complete and ready for pick up and/or delivery.
Byron-Bergen Central School District has applied to the New York State Child Nutrition Office and received approval to provide meals to all Byron-Bergen School children ages 3 through 18 at no cost. We are very pleased to be able to offer these meals to our students. The District will begin distributing two (2) non-perishable daily meals beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020.
Many of you may have concerns about the ongoing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on our schools. Please be assured that we are closely monitoring the situation with the Genesee County Department of Health. There are currently no diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in Genesee County.
Please know that if any employee or student receives a diagnosis, the District is prepared to follow guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), the Genesee County Department of Health and the New York State Education Department. Local health departments will contact schools if suspected or known cases emerge, and the District is prepared to work with any affected families.