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Fall planning update

I know there has been a lot of news and discussion regarding the opening of schools in the fall. I want to keep our community updated as we plan to bring students back to campus. This week, the New York State Board of Regents and the New York State Department of Health released guidelines and regulations for school reopenings. More +

A message from Superintendent Edwards

Dear Byron-Bergen students and families,
I hope this message finds everyone well and enjoying summer.  I’m sure many of you heard Wednesday’s announcement from Governor Cuomo regarding schools reopening. On Monday, July 13th, the New York State Board of Regents will provide schools with reopening guidelines. Schools will then have until July 31st to submit reopening plans outlining how they will meet the guidelines and, in the first week of August, the Governor will announce if and how schools will reopen this fall. 

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Monday Message from Superintendent Edwards - Memorial Day, 2020

Dear Byron-Bergen students and families,

This Memorial Day, I want to share a message of gratitude. This is a day in which we honor those who lost their lives protecting our country. In addition to those who served in our military forces, this year I would also like to acknowledge the health care workers and emergency responders lost on the front line of the pandemic. As a former U.S. Marine, I would like to thank them for their service to our country.

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Monday Message from Superintendent Edwards – May 18, 2020

Dear Byron-Bergen students and families,

The warm weather has finally arrived! And with it, the knowledge that we are entering the final stretch of our academic year. I know the sunny days are calling and I encourage everyone to enjoy the spring weather while still keeping up with your school work the best you can and finishing the year strong.

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Monday Message from Superintendent Edwards - May 11, 2020

Dear students and families,

This week marks another stage of our truly unusual year. Teachers and staff will be in the buildings packing up our students’ personal possessions. On Thursday the 14th, families can pick up these items in the school bus loops. UPK through grade 5 will be at the Elementary School. Grades 6 through 12 will be at the High School. Please stay in your car. A staff member will bring the bagged items out to you.

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Student item pick-up

Students' personal items can be picked up Thursday, May 14 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the school bus loops. UPK through grade 5 is at the Elementary School. Grades 6-12 is at the High School. Please stay in your car. Items will be delivered to your car by a staff member. More +

Message from Mr. McGee

Dear Byron-Bergen Learning Community:

As we come to the start of May, I wanted to share with you the accountability procedures that will be in place for students in grades 7-12 for the rest of the 2019-20 school year. This will determine how course credit is awarded.

These accountability procedures were developed with the well-being of our students in mind. They reflect the unprecedented situation the COVID-19 crisis has created but are also designed to preserve the integrity of an academic program our staff and students have invested so much in.

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Monday Message from Superintendent Edwards - May 4, 2020

Dear Byron-Bergen students and families,

As I’m sure you are all now aware, Governor Cuomo announced on Friday that New York State schools will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year. Even if this news was not entirely unexpected, I know many of you, myself included, are feeling a sense of loss. Although we will not all be together on the Byron-Bergen campus again this year, schools are not closed. Our buildings are closed, but our school community is up and running and we are committed to getting every student through to June.

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Schools closed for remainder of academic year

Governor Cuomo announced on May 1, 2020 that all schools in New York State will remain closed through the 2019-20 academic year. The BBCSD will have specifics on next steps for our learning community as more information becomes available.  More +

Message from Mr. McGee - April 29, 2020

Dear Jr./Sr. High School Students and Families:

Our schools remain closed through May 15th. There is no blueprint for our current situation except to do the best we can and support one another.  As I think about this, I am compelled to start with our team’s core belief of building and maintaining supportive relationships for all within our learning community. I recognize that not only did our educational world get flipped upside down, but your family’s world as well. I empathize that for many of you, you are not only a parent/guardian, but also an employee/employer, spouse/partner, a daughter/son, etc. Given this, our instructional plan is evolving to support our students with an important focus on getting used to a “new normal” for this period of time.

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Monday Message from Superintendent Edwards - April 20, 2020

Dear Byron-Bergen students and families,

Just a couple months ago, it would have been inconceivable to me that we would be spending this much time apart. Now, we all know that it is imperative to do so. The safety of our students and community is the number one priority. That said, I’m looking forward to a time when the hallways will be bustling with students and laughter again.

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School closings update

Governor Cuomo announced on April 16 that all schools in New York State will remain closed until May 15. More +

Monday Message from Superintendent Edwards - April 13, 2020

Dear Byron-Bergen students and families,

It is a strange time as I look out over the Byron-Bergen campuses and see no kids playing, no sports teams practicing, and no staff out walking on the track. As much as I look forward to a time when the fields will bustle with activity again, for everyone’s safety, the playgrounds, sports fields, and school buildings remain closed.

The good news is that the curve is flattening. I would like to thank everyone for practicing social distancing and staying home. The safest thing we can do now, for ourselves and each other, is keep up the good work and stay home.

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Regents exam update

The State Education Department has announced the cancellation of the June 2020 Regents Exams and released guidance on modifications to requirements for students to graduate and earn their high school diplomas, credentials and endorsements. More +

New York State of Health Letter to Families

As we work through these challenging times together, NY State of Health is committed to ensuring access to affordable, quality health insurance for all New Yorkers so they can get the care they need during this state of emergency.
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School closings update

On April 6, Governor Cuomo announced that schools will remain closed through April 29th. More +

Monday Message from Superintendent Edwards - April 6, 2020

Dear Byron-Bergen Families,

As our time apart continues, I know it has been hard on many of you. I, too, am feeling the separation from family and friends. But, I can’t help but be a little excited by the innovation and creativity this separation has brought to our educational community.

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Monday Message from Superintendent Edwards - March 30, 2020

To our Byron-Bergen Bees families,

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. 

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School closing extension - March 27, 2020

Governor Cuomo announced today that all schools in New York State will remain closed through April 15. The Byron-Bergen Central School District will continue to provide information to the community as it becomes available from state and local government.  More +

Childcare need survey - March 26, 2020

If you are a parent or caregiver who needs child care, please complete this parent need for child care survey. Based on the information you provide about your job, employer, number of children, and financial need, OCFS may be able to help you find the child program you need. More +

Meal distribution update - March 25, 2020

In an effort to make meal pick up easier and safer for our community, Byron Bergen Central School is changing our meal distribution days to Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Effective Monday, March 30. More +

Child Care for Essential Medical Staff and First Responders - March 25, 2020

Dear Byron-Bergen Families, 

The Byron-Bergen Central School District has partnered with Kelly's Imagination Station, 80 Union St. Batavia, NY 14020. 585-343-0990 to provide childcare to residents who are essential health care workers and first responders. 

Another resource to match your childcare needs is Community Action of Orleans & Genesee County. Please contact Taryn Moyle, Child Care Resource Manager, 585-589-5088 or [email protected] 

Essential health care workers may include health professionals such as physicians, nurse practitioners, physicians' assistants, registered nurses, LPN's, CNA's, and laboratory personnel. First responders may include paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, and firefighters. 
Credentials for employment as an essential health care worker or first responder may be requested upon enrollment.
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Wellness Check-In Survey - March 24, 2020

Over the next few days staff will be calling families to check in and gather some information as we continue to plan.  Please know families will receive phone call from unknown or unfamiliar numbers. This is due to staff working from home.  We miss the kids and look forward to checking in.  Please call or email us if you need anything.  Thank you for your patience and support. More +

Monday Message from Superintendent Edwards - March 23, 2020

To all the Byron-Bergen Bees’ Families,

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. 

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Instructional packet distribution - March 18, 2020

Dear Byron-Bergen Bees’ Families,

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.

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Meal distribution plan - March 17, 2020

To All Byron-Bergen Bees’ Families:

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.  

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School closure - March 14, 2020

Dear Parents and Families,

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.

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A message from the NYS SED and the NYS DOH

Good morning,
I would like to share this message from the Commissioners of the New York State Departments of Health and Education regarding the 2019 Novel (new) Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). According to their report, "At this time, there are no cases in New York State. The risk to residents and students is low. At this time of the year, there are many possible causes for respiratory illness. Therefore, there is no need to cancel school or social events, and there is no need for students or school staff to wear surgical masks at school."
In accordance with their recommendations, we are not altering plans for school activities or events. However, as we do every flu season, we encourage all of our community members to wash their hands frequently throughout the day to reduce the spread of cold and flu germs. Our school nurses also urge everyone to drink plenty of water as studies have shown that staying well hydrated helps reduce risk of illness. 
We will keep our community informed if there are any further developments.
Mickey Edwards 
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