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FREE Meal Distribution

FREE grab-n-go breakfasts and lunches are 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 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.

The Booker T. Washington Community Center has FREE grab-n-go dinners available for ALL Auburn Enlarged City School District students on weekdays from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at 23 Chapman Ave. For more information, please contact BTW directly at (315) 253-3207.


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Dear Auburn Families,

Governor Cuomo announced today that schools are to remain closed through the remainder of the academic year. I understand the multitude of emotions everyone may be feeling right now, but ultimately the health and safety of our students and staff is a top priority.

Even though our schools have to remain physically closed for now, our teachers and staff will continue educating our students through distance learning for the remainder of the academic year. At the elementary level, teachers will put together additional curriculum packets to be sent home and continue to try to connect with students digitally. At the secondary level, teachers will continue with online instruction through Google Classrooms. Principals will establish a new schedule coordinating the pick-up of additional instructional materials, as well as any personal belongings students may still have at school, and communicate that schedule to students and families in the coming weeks.

The New York State Education Department will be providing guidance regarding a grading system for school work soon. In the meantime, our teachers will continue providing feedback to students on completed course work. Once we receive further guidance, we will communicate that to students and families.

We are also currently looking at ways to have a graduation ceremony for our seniors. We have discussed several options, including having a physical ceremony with social distancing measures in place or figuring out a way to have a virtual ceremony. We are waiting to hear from the State Education Department for recommendations, and once we finalize a plan, we will communicate that to our seniors and families.

FREE grab-n-go breakfasts and lunches will continue to be available for ALL Auburn Enlarged City School District students from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at Casey Park Elementary, Genesee Elementary, and Auburn Junior High School through the end of the school year.

Our school psychologists, social workers and counselors will also continue to be available to provide social and emotional support and assistance during regular school hours through the end of the school year. Please visit the Student Services Department page of our website for more information on contacts and resources available.

All school grounds, including playgrounds, athletic courts, and sporting fields will continue to remain closed until further notice. If social distancing guidelines in our area are lifted, we will communicate whether or not we decide to reopen any school grounds to the public.

I cannot stress enough how much we miss all of our students! We are already making plans for opening our schools back up in September. We have ordered many supplies including disinfectants, masks, and other pertinent items, and we are also figuring out ways to implement social distancing. We want to ensure our schools are safe for students and staff to return in the fall.

Again, I understand how difficult this time is for everyone, but I continue to be amazed with how our community has come together to work through this unprecedented situation. The E. John Gavras Center and the Booker T. Washington Community Center are currently offering child care for essential workers. The Booker T. Washington Community Center has FREE grab-n-go dinners available for ALL Auburn Enlarged City School District students on weekdays from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at 23 Chapman Ave. Thank you to everyone in our community for working together to help get through this pandemic.

We are looking forward to welcoming our students and staff back in September! Please do not hesitate to contact teachers or administrators with any questions or concerns in the meantime.

Stay healthy,

Jeff Pirozzolo,
Superintendent of Schools


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April 7, 2020

Dear Auburn Families,

By now, I am sure that most of you have heard Governor Cuomo’s announcement yesterday that schools are to remain closed through May 15.  We will continue educating students the best we can online, as well as by sending home curriculum packets. Principals will be establishing a schedule for pick and drop off of new instructional materials and then contacting students and families over the next week to keep everyone updated during the extended closure period. At this time, teachers will not be grading assignments, but rather providing students with feedback to help them grow academically.

The Board of Regents also announced yesterday that Regents Exams are cancelled for this year. We will be receiving additional guidance today that will help us make determinations on how students can successfully complete school work. Our high school and junior high principals will be reaching out to students and families affected by the Regents Exam cancellations as soon as possible.

We will continue making the FREE grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches available for ALL Auburn Enlarged City School District students from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at Casey Park Elementary, Genesee Elementary, and Auburn Junior High School. Students are given multiple meals to get through to the next distribution day.

Our school psychologists, social workers and counselors will also continue to be available to provide social and emotional support and assistance during regular school hours. Please visit the Student Services Department page of our website for more information on contacts and resources available.

PUBLIC NOTICE: For the safety of all residents and to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the County of Cayuga has issued an Emergency Order that states, “All playgrounds, athletic courts, and sporting fields within the territorial limits of Cayuga County shall be closed to the public. Visitors to public parks shall maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from unrelated persons.”

In accordance with the County’s Emergency Order, the City of Auburn and the Auburn Enlarged City School District are undertaking additional steps to reduce public density at parks and playgrounds as well. For more information and specific guidelines, please see the City of Auburn’s press release: City & School District Announce Playground and Sport Facility Closures.

I know this is a very difficult time for everyone, but we will do our best and work together to get through it. Please do not hesitate to contact teachers, principals, or administration with any questions or concerns.

We miss our students so much, and we cannot wait to get everyone back to school!

Stay healthy,

Jeff Pirozzolo,
Superintendent of Schools
 

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Community Notice: Child Care Available for Parents that are Essential Workers

The E. John Gavras Center will be opening its Day Care services to the community beginning Monday March 30,2020. Day Care Services are available for children from Birth to 12 years of age during the hours of 6:00 am through 6:00 pm 7 days a week. It is very important that they are aware of your child attending so they have appropriate staffing. Please notify Jackie Drechsler, at (315) 255-2746 extension: 2147, in order to enroll your child in Day Care as soon as possible. They insist that if your child becomes ill that the child remains home for the safety of the other children and that you communicate this to the agency as well.


The Auburn Enlarged City School District has partnered with Booker T. Washington Community Center to offer child care for youth in kindergarten through 6th grade to the parents classified as Essential Workers.
 
The program will utilize the academic packets provided by the Auburn Enlarged City School District, as well as, provide physical activities, arts and crafts, and music activities. The program hours will be 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Breakfast, snacks, and lunch will be provided.
 
If you are in need of child care, you will be required to submit proof of employment and fill out screening forms.  Additional requirements regarding the daily health of the children and staff will be enforced.  With an abundance of caution, it should be noted that this plan will be monitored and adjusted with the changing needs and regulations of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
If interested in the child care program, please contact BTW at 315.253.3207.  Please complete and submit the Emergency Child Care Reservation Form.
 
The child care program at BTW will start on April 20, 2020.
 
All students and staff will be required to have their temperature taken upon entering BTW. The temperature will be taken using a forehead thermometer (temporal artery thermometer). This device uses an infrared technology to detect the temperature of the temporal artery. If the temperature is above 100.0 Fahrenheit, the student or staff member will be sent home.  They will be readmitted after 24 hours fever free, without the use of fever reducing agents and a readmission note from a licensed health care provider indicating that the student can attend a child care program.
 
Please see the following Q&A provided to us from the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) as guidance for the child care program:
 
Q.  Why haven’t child care programs been closed?
 
A.  Child care is considered an essential service.  In a time of crisis, other essential professionals must be able to go to work and have safe and suitable child care available to their children.  
 
Q.  Are child care programs required to maintain a group size of 10 or less?
 
A.  The Centers for Disease Control, in its guidance on events and mass gatherings recommends group size to ten or fewer and therefore BTW will ensure it’s space to limit overall density of rooms to ten or fewer children.

Q.  How do child care programs maintain a perimeter of 6 feet while caring for them?
 
A.  Adults must be in close proximity to young children in order to provide proper care.  It is important to take universal precautions. Ensure handwashing strategies are being followed including washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  When soap and water are not available individual wipes may be used in combination with hand sanitizer. Also, be sure to perform routine substantial cleaning of the childcare program. 
 
Q. What if a program staff /volunteer is mandated to be quarantined?
 
A. If the person tests positive for the virus, the program will be contacted by the local Department of Health (DOH) and will be directed on what steps are needed. It is likely the program will be directed to close and self-quarantine the remaining staff and children.
 
Q. What if a staff person at a child care program is precautionarily quarantined?
 
A. If a staff member has been exposed to the virus and has self-quarantined but has not tested positive, the individual must not report to work during the quarantine period. The center may continue to operate unless notified otherwise by local DOH.
 
Q. What if a parent of a child is quarantined?
 
A. In the event a parent of a child in your program must be quarantined, advise the parent they cannot enter the child care program for any reason, including picking up their child. If the parent is exhibiting signs of illness or has been tested and is positive for the virus, they must utilize an emergency contact authorized by the parent to come pick up the child.  If the parent is being quarantined as a precautionary measure, without symptoms or a positive test, child care staff should walk out or deliver the child to the parent outside the child care building.  The child must not return to the child care program for the duration of the quarantine. 
 
Q. What if a child is quarantined? 
 
A. Children who have been quarantined either through exposure to the virus or a positive test must not attend programs for the duration of the quarantine period. If a child has been diagnosed as positive and has attended the program within the past week, the program must contact local DOH.
 
For families that are interested in other child care program, please see the Child Care Solutions website to explore other programs at https://childcaresolutionscny.org/find-child-care


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April 2, 2020

Dear Auburn Families,

I wanted to provide an update with the latest information regarding changes to the school closure period and continuing education at home.


School Closure:  NYS School Closures Extended to April 15

On Friday, March 27, Gov. Cuomo announced that he has extended the statewide closure of schools until April 15. Executive Order 202.11 states that the waiver from 180-day requirements will also be extended, and districts are required to continue their plans for continuity of instruction, school meals, and childcare for essential workers every weekday through April 14.

Executive Order 202.11 indicates that we will need to continue to provide educational programming and food programs every weekday from now through April 14, including during the school’s previously scheduled Spring Break, April 6-13.

It is also important to note that over the weekend, President Trump extended social distancing guidelines through the end of April. At this time, that does not have an impact on education in New York State. Gov. Cuomo and his administration will continue to assess whether statewide school closings should be extended beyond mid-April.


Education Continuity Plan:
Delivering educational programming outside of the classroom can be a very difficult task, and I commend all of you for doing what you can to help your children with their education during this time. I am so proud of what our teachers have been doing from home to educate and support your students throughout all of this as well. Below are some general reminders regarding what to have your students work on.

Elementary Schools: Please continue working on review packets that were sent home, and encourage your students to engage in grade appropriate books.

Junior High & High School: Please continue to have your students use the Chromebooks that were sent home to complete assignments the teachers prepared and log in and participate in their Google Classrooms.


Social/Emotional Supports: Our school psychologists, social workers and counselors are available to provide support and assistance during regular school hours. Please visit the Student Services Department page of our website for more information on resources available.


Meal Program: FREE grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches are available for ALL Auburn Enlarged City School District students from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at Casey Park Elementary, Genesee Elementary, and Auburn Junior High School. Students are given multiple meals to get through to next distribution day. In addition, the Booker T. Washington Community Center has FREE grab-n-go dinners available for ALL Auburn Enlarged City School District students on weekdays from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at 23 Chapman Ave.


I am so proud of everyone in our community for working together to get through these unprecedented times. Our teachers and staff miss our students terribly, and we are looking forward to opening our schools back up as soon as we are able. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact teachers, principals, or administration if your student needs anything.

Stay healthy,

Jeff Pirozzolo
Superintendent of Schools


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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!

Jeff Pirozzolo
Superintendent of Schools
Auburn Enlarged City School District


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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.

Sincerely,
Jeff Pirozzolo
Superintendent of Schools


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FAQ's

Q: When will these days be made up?
A: Currently, the Governor has stated that the days missed will not count against districts for the state-required 180 school days as long as efforts to continue instruction at home continue. 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 has cancelled all Regents Exams and have given guidance regarding successfully completing work. We are working to formulate and implement a plan to do so. We will communicate that plan as soon as possible, as well as 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.


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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.

Sincerely,
Jeff Pirozzolo
Superintendent of Schools


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Superintendent: Jeffrey Pirozzolo
Phone: 315.255.8800
Address: 78 Thornton Avenue | Auburn, NY 13021