Letter from the Superintendent

Scott Taylor

November 10, 2020

Dear North Collins Central School District Families,

Thank you for your continued support and partnership throughout this unprecedented school year.  Our goal has been and will continue to be providing a safe learning environment for students and staff while also recognizing the social/emotional and academic needs of our students. Our students, staff and families have done an amazing job following the daily health protocols and procedures that continue to mitigate the risk of COVID-19.  We will continue to follow the New York State Department of Health, Erie County Department of Health and our Medical Director’s guidance throughout the school year regarding best practices.  The guidance is changing rapidly, and we will continue to remain in contact with them to ensure that we are implementing the most up-to-date recommendations.

 As you may have heard, a rise in COVID-19 cases in Erie County has prompted the state to designate certain areas of Erie County as yellow zones due to general community spread. 

Several of these communities are in close proximity to the North Collins community, but as of today (November 10, 2020) we have NOT been identified as a yellow zone.  Below is a brief summary of the NYS strategy plan:

  • Yellow Zone — Precautionary/Buffer: A "Yellow Zone" area either is put in place as a broader buffer area to ensure COVID outbreak is not spreading into the broader community ("Yellow Buffer Zone").  If designated as a Yellow Zone, schools can potentially remain open but must begin random testing of students and staff.
  • Orange Zone — Warning/Buffer: An Orange Zone area either is put in place primarily in densely populated urban areas as a tight buffer zone around a Red Zone micro-cluster ("Orange Buffer Zone") area OR is implemented independently as a focus area based on the below metrics ("Orange Warning Zone"). If designated as an Orange Zone, schools must move to fully remote learning.  
  • Red Zone — Micro-Cluster: A "Red Zone" focus area is put in place to contain spread from a specific, defined geographic area.  If designated as Red Zones, schools must move to fully remote learning.

On another note, we have made great strides in the completion of the 2018 voter-approved North Collins Capital Project.  Construction began in the spring of 2020, continued in the summer of 2020 and still continues on 2nd shift during the fall of 2020.  The majority of work is complete at both the Jr.-Sr. High School and Elementary School.  The expected completion will be the spring of 2021. More details can be found at our website under “Capital Improvement Project”.

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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