COVID-19/Coronavirus School Closure Information and ResourcesThe Mental Health Association of New York invites families and caregivers to join a webinar, Coping With a Crisis, on March 26, 2020 from 12:30-1:00pm. For those interested, REGISTER HERE.
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Families Access to Services Team (FAST) is now available online, and referrals can be submitted through the webpage: www.cayugacofast.com
March 20, 2019
Dear Auburn Families,
In an effort to ease the burden of parents and students having to find a way to get to our free meal locations every weekday, we have revised the food distribution service so that more students can gain access to free meals during this school closure period.
Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, free grab-n-go breakfasts and lunches will be available for all Auburn Enlarged City School District students on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Casey Park Elementary, Genesee Elementary, and Auburn Junior High School.
On Mondays, students will be given a free grab-n-go bag containing two breakfasts and two lunches to last through the next two days. Again on Wednesdays, students will be given a free grab-n-go bag containing two breakfasts and two lunches. On Fridays, students will be given a free grab-n-go bag containing three breakfasts and three lunches to last through the weekend.
We revamped this free meal program with the hopes that parents won’t have to find time to drive to the free meal locations five days a week and students won’t have to walk to the free meal locations five days a week. By doing this, it also decreases the potential exposure for our students, staff, and community.
We hope that these services are helping to ensure that our students are not going hungry during this difficult time. If your student, or another student you may know, is unable to make it to one of our meal locations, please contact our Student Services Department at (315) 255-8802.
To all of our students - we miss you all!
Take care, and stay healthy!
Superintendent of Schools
Auburn Enlarged City School District
March 18, 2020
Dear Auburn Families,
For Student Support Services available during the COVID-19 school closure, please click here.
March 16, 2020
Dear Auburn Families,
The Auburn Enlarged City School District will be closed from Monday, March 16, 2020 through Monday, April 13, 2020 due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. All schools in the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES region will be closed during this time as well. Though we are currently unaware of any confirmed cases in our district, it is important for the district to do whatever we can to ensure the health, safety, and security of our students, staff, and community and try to prevent the potential spread of the virus. This decision was not made lightly, as we understand the hardship closing our schools creates for our students and families, but the health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority.
This closure affects all programming at our schools, including before and after-school activities, all athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, field trips, weekend events, and all facility use by outside groups.
I know many of you have reached out with questions and concerns, and we will do our best to answer them. Below are some plans we have put into place so far, and we will continue to communicate any changes to you in the coming days and weeks.
Curriculum: We are working diligently to put together individualized packets of school work for students, and we will mail them out as soon as possible this week. Students are able to come in to their school building to get any materials they need on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.
For students in Grades 7-12, we will be handing out Chromebooks on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in the Auburn High School library from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Starting Thursday, March 19, 2020, school buildings will be closed to all students and members of the community. If a student needs something, they will need to call the main office to make an appointment to come in.
Meal Program: Beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020, we will have FREE grab and go breakfasts and lunches available for students between 11:30 and 1:00 Monday through Friday at Genesee Elementary, Casey Park Elementary, and Auburn Junior High School. We will only be allowing limited numbers of students in each building at one time, but it should not take long to get through the lines. Meals are for Auburn Enlarged City School District students only, and there is a limit of one breakfast and one lunch per student per day.
Medicine: Our nursing staff will be in the school buildings on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week during regular hours so you can pick up your child’s medicine. If you cannot make it during these designated times, please contact your school’s nurse to arrange an alternate pick up time.
Facilities: Our school buildings and ALL facilities will be closed to all non-staff members during this period of closure. The entire district will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected during this time, and we need to limit individuals in these areas in order to do so. All facilities include school buildings and grounds, all school playgrounds, and Holland Stadium.
Support: We understand that this may be a challenging time for our students, and some of them may want to speak to a counselor or need some additional supports to feel successful during this time. Please feel free to reach out to the schools, and our team will do our best to provide the support needed.
Again, we will continue to communicate and provide updates in the days and weeks ahead. This is an unprecedented situation, and we will have to work through this together. We truly appreciate your patience and understanding during this challenging time.
Superintendent of Schools
FAQ'sQ: When will these days be made up?
A: Currently, the Governor has stated that the days missed from March 16-March 27 will not count against districts for the state-required 180 school days. We will respond appropriately as a district once the total number of days missed due to “virus” closures has been determined.
Q: Will graduation still be held in June?
A: There are currently no plans to change graduation, but we will follow guidelines set by the state. It is still scheduled to be held on June 26.
Q: What does the closure mean for AP exams, Regents exams and other standardized tests?
A: The New York State Education Department will provide guidance regarding these tests, and our district will follow when any changes are determined. We will communicate any changes to SAT, ACT or AP guidance as it is communicated with our district.
Q: Some students can continue to just get information from teachers online; was that considered?
A: As a district, we are responsible for the equity of access to instruction for all students; that includes students without home access to the internet and appropriate programming for students with disabilities. This is taken into consideration with any days that we consider “instructional days”; and will be part of any planning that occurs for days missed beyond this closure period.
Q: Will you re-evaluate the situation before the students go back to school?
A: Yes, the Governor has stated that the closures state-wide will be re-evaluated during the current closure. We as a district will also re-evaluate operations during that time as well. We remain in close contact with the NYSED, the NYS Dept of Health and the other districts in the Central New York area.
Q: Can my child disinfect their laptop provided by the school? If so, how?
A: The recommendation for cleaning devices is to use a mix of up to 70% isopropyl alcohol and water. Clorox and other cleaners will remove the coating on devices that minimize the fingerprint on the screen. Avoid using any chlorine-based cleaners, such as bleach, peroxides (including hydrogen peroxide), solvents such as; acetone, paint thinner, benzene, methylene chloride or toluene ammonia (ex. Windex) or ethyl alcohol.
March 6, 2020
Dear Auburn Families,
The Auburn School District has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation as the health and safety of our students and staff is always a top priority. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local health departments believe the risk of exposure is low, but out of an abundance of caution, our district is taking a proactive approach in preparing for COVID-19 in case the virus reaches our community.
Effective immediately, we will be bringing in additional cleaning staff several times a week to focus solely on cleaning and disinfecting high contact surface areas throughout our school buildings such as doorknobs/handles, handrails, water fountains, desks, laptops, and other frequently touched items using a state-of-the-art misting machine equipped with EPA approved disinfectants designed to kill viruses and bacteria faster and more efficiently. We already use these machines regularly, and more often during cold and flu season, but having the additional cleaning staff focus solely on disinfecting high contact surfaces will be crucial in preventing the spread of germs among students and staff. We are also working closely with our school bus service, First Student, to implement additional disinfecting measures on their fleets.
Furthermore, we will post signs in all bathrooms and throughout the buildings encouraging proper handwashing. Additional signs will be posted throughout the buildings promoting the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and any other bacteria and viruses as well.
We are also exploring ways to be operational and support our students in the event we are required to implement a quarantine. Our district already has wireless internet coverage on all of our school grounds, so families may walk onto school property or drive into school parking lots and be able to access the internet. In addition, we are looking at obtaining additional wireless internet hotspots and providing instructional resources for students with appropriate grade level activities.
The most important thing everyone can do is wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, going to the bathroom, and before eating or preparing food. It is also vital to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. As always, please remember to cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm or cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands immediately. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing, and please stay home if you feel sick.
Again, we are putting all of these strategies in place out of an abundance of caution. Our number one priority is the safety of our students and staff, and we are fully committed to educating our students in a safe and healthy environment.
For more information about COVID-19, please visit www.cdc.gov/COVID19 or www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus. Links to these websites and additional information will also be available on our district website, www.aecsd.education.
Superintendent of Schools
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