Letter from the Superintendent

Scott Taylor

August 7, 2020

Dear North Collins Central School District Families,

 As you may have probably learned today, Governor Cuomo announced that school districts across New York State will be permitted to open for in-person instruction based on the COVID-19 data at this time.  As stated in our last correspondence, the North Collins CSD plans to implement the HYBRID model of instruction to reopen for the 2020-21 school year.  Our first student day remains Tuesday, September 8th.

HYBRID Model Highlights:

  • The HYBRID model allows for social distancing guidelines to be followed, every day, in every classroom. Students will be placed in two groups (Green and Gold).  Students from the same family/household will be assigned to the same group. (Lists were mailed out today from both buildings)
  1.  Group Green will attend school for FULL-DAY IN-PERSON instruction on Monday and Thursday (Remote Learning on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday).
  2. Group Gold will attend school for FULL-DAY IN-PERSON instruction on Tuesday and Friday (Remote Learning on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday).
  3.  Wednesday of each week will be a full REMOTE LEARNING day across the district.
  • All students will be issued a Chromebook the first week of school.
  • Students will be required to wear masks or cloth face coverings when social distancing of at least 6 feet may not be possible in the buildings (e.g., in hallways, restrooms, school bus, entering/exiting building, etc.).
  • All students, faculty, staff and visitors will undergo a temperature screening prior to entering the buildings.  All employees will complete a symptom screening each day via a questionnaire. Students will be required to complete a symptom screening each day with parents. More information is included in the reopening plan regarding this protocol.
  • Breakfasts/Lunches- Each building will develop a plan for social distancing while students eat breakfast/lunch.  Also, if needed, students will be able to take home meals for their remote instruction days.
  • Transportation will be made available to students whose parents/guardians are unable to drive them to/from school.  Further information will be forthcoming.

 Our goal has been and will continue to be the implementation of a plan that is safe for students and staff while also recognizing the social/emotional and academic needs of our students.  Our committees have been and will continue to plan the implementation of the HYBRID model based on the NYSED, NYSDOH and CDC guidance. The North Collins District Reopening Plan found at our District website will continue to be updated and adjusted in the coming days/weeks as we coordinate the implementation of the HYBRID model at both buildings. 

 As per the Governor's directive earlier today, we will be publishing additional information on our website regarding plans for remote learning, contact tracing and testing. Our Medical Director and the Erie County Department of Health will be of great assistance should contact tracing or recommendations for testing be needed.  We are also planning multiple virtual meetings in the upcoming weeks where parents are welcome to join and discuss the HYBRID plan with our District leaders.  Meeting details, dates and times will be forthcoming. 

 Thank you for your continued support of the North Collins Central School District.

 Please stay safe and I’ll see you along the way.

 Sincerely,

Scott Taylor
Superintendent

 

North Collins CSD Visitor Expectations

Please call ahead. All VISITORS to the Jr.-Sr. High School will need to make an appointment.  If you need to visit the Jr.-Sr. High School, please call ahead to the department that can provide assistance (i.e. Elementary School, Jr.-Sr. High School, Guidance Department, District Office, etc.).  All visitors to the Jr.-Sr. High School must be wearing a face mask or entry will be denied.  Disposable masks will be made available for your use if necessary.

Health and Safety Expectations for Visitors

  1. Please call ahead for your visit to the Jr.-Sr. High School.
  2. If experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (including: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea), do not visit the Jr.-Sr. High School.
  3. All visitors must sign in at the main entrance of the building and complete and submit a “Self-Screening Survey” each visit.
  4. All visitors must follow safety protocols including wearing appropriate face covering and allow for 6-ft. social distancing.
  5. The following are CDC and Department of Health recommendations as they are expectations for all individuals at the Jr.-Sr. High School. 

CDC’s FAQ Document is also linked below:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://health.ny.gov/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

  1. Any questions or concerns, please contact the building Administrator.

District Office:                                    Scott Taylor/Kathy Mason                              (716) 337-0101 (ext 1301)

Elementary School Office:                 John Cataldo/Aly Lang                                   (716) 337-0101 (ext 2151)

JrSr High School Office:                    Brandon Wojcik/Dawn Frew                           (716) 337-0101 (ext 1304)

Student Services Office:                    Jinelle Burger/Deb LoBianco                          (716) 337-0101 (ext 2154)

JrSr HS Guidance Office:                  Nancy Rinaldi                                                  (716) 337-0101 (ext 1310)

Business Office:                                Crystal Cocca                                                  (716) 337-0101 (ext 1308)

Director of Facilities:                         Matt Sanders                                                   (716) 337-0101 (ext 1130)

Head Bus Driver:                              Al Durrett                                                          (716) 337-0101 (ext 2200)

Director of IT:                                    Brian Zolnowski                                                (716) 337-0101 (ext 1100)







NCCS Mission Statement

The North Collins Central School District is a safe and supportive learning environment that strives to maximize educational opportunities for all students, faculty, staff, and community members.  We nurture responsibility, creativity, energy, and open-mindedness to empower successful contributors to a global society.




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