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Secretary to the Superintendent: Patty GunioPhone (585) 494-1220 x2329Email [email protected]
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. It is hard to believe that we are at the end of July but I am excited for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. I know there has been a lot of information and opinions swirling around about what school will look like for our district as kids come back to school this fall. As of today, July 30th, we have yet to receive any guidance from NYS or the state health department. I am anticipating an announcement at some point in the next week or two. I will communicate with you any updates ASAP.
Dear Byron-Bergen Parent:
We have not received word from the NYS Department of Health that enables us to use a three foot guideline for students to be socially distanced. Therefore, we are not able to move forward with our plan to return students five days a week on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. We hope that the Department of Health makes this decision within the next couple of weeks so that we can bring back our 6-12 students fully on April 19th, 2021.
On Monday the District was notified by the Genesee County Department of Health that one of our district staff members and one of our High School students who is learning remotely have tested positive for COVID-19. The Genesee County Department of Health conducted contact tracing and determined that there was no need for quarantine of other staff members or students. Please know that the District continues to follow all Department of Health guidelines as directed.
It is hard to believe that it is the last week of school. Congratulations to everyone, students and faculty, for their hard work and dedication. Final school supply drop-offs will take place this Wednesday, June 17th from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in both school bus loops. Please return Chromebooks, library books, and any other District items at that time.
Today, instead of recapping the plans and events going on in our District, I would like to take a moment to meditate on the idea of peace. I’m sure many of you are aware of the ongoing protests and social unrest in our country. Although we are physically separated, I hope that we can still offer each other comfort, support, and kindness during this difficult time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As we have seen over the past weeks, the situation with Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is rapidly changing. In accordance with the recommendation of the Genesee County Board of Health, all Genesee County Public Schools will be closed to students beginning Monday, March 16. This closing includes all school-related activities including sports and other extracurricular activities. The situation will be reviewed on a week-by-week basis.
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
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.
As you may have heard, there are four confirmed cases of measles in Monroe County. This disease is very contagious and we understand that parents could be concerned. Many in our community have never encountered this disease before, so we wanted to share some general information provided by the Center for Disease Control.
More information is available on the Center for Disease Control website at: https://www.cdc.gov/measles
These four values epitomize what is best about our Byron-Bergen community. The Core Values are posted prominently around both schools as a reminder, for all of us, to constantly strive to be our very best selves. I look forward to seeing how great we can be, together.