2019-20 BCSD Updates

The following email was sent to all BCSD families on June 19, 2020:

Dear BCSD families,

It is hard to believe our 2019-20 school year has ended. In some ways it feels like time stopped in March, and we should have three more months together. I would like to thank you, again, for your patience and understanding. This has been a challenging time, but as a school community we pulled together. I know I have said this before, but  I am so proud of our students, families and staff.

I would like to thank everyone who voted for this year’s 2020-21 budget. Your support is greatly appreciated. Unfortunately, we still don’t know if we will receive additional cuts to our state aid. I remain hopeful that the recently adopted budget will stand and further cuts will not be needed.

Earlier this week each school allowed students to retrieve and drop off items. Many devices still need to be returned to the district. Please contact your building principal early next week to make arrangements to return school issued items and get your personal belongings.

Thank you to those who donated blood. The Red Cross informed us we had 38 donors and collected 37 units of blood. This is enough to save up to 111 lives and is just incredible! Due to our continued success with blood drives, we have been asked to host another in August. More information will be sent out when scheduling is finalized.

Due to current NYS restrictions and continued health concerns, the summer sessions of Driver’s Education and Continued Education have been canceled. We will update you if this changes. We hope both programs will be back in operation this fall.

We still do not know what the 2020-21 school year will look like in September. We continue to wait for guidance from the NYS Governor’s Office, the Department of Education and the Department of Health. We hope to be given more information in the next few weeks and will provide an update at that time. I want to reassure you, discussions have begun internally and committees have been established to begin assessing the fall semester and how to best keep our students, staff and families safe while ensuring their academic and social/emotional needs are met.

I have enjoyed spending my “retirement” with all of you. Although, this will be my last Friday message, I will continue to provide updates if needed. I hope you have a safe and enjoyable summer.

Stay well,

James C. Fallon, Interim Superintendent



The following email was sent to all BCSD families on June 12, 2020:

June 12, 2020

Dear BCSD staff and families,

What a wonderful week we have had celebrating with our Class of 2020. Although it was not our traditional ceremony, the high school did a fantastic job in creating a memorable event for our seniors and their families. I would like to thank everyone who assisted in making this event such a success. The entire graduation ceremony, including our traditional speeches, will be streamed on Thursday, June 25, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Fox Rochester and 13WHAM.com. The high school will provide families with additional information on how to obtain photographs.

I am happy to announce that Sean Bruno will be starting as Brockport’s Superintendent of Schools on July 1, 2020, instead of September 1 as previously announced. The revised start date will go to the Board of Education for approval during the BOE meeting on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. I will continue as Interim Superintendent until July 10 to assist with the transition. I look forward to working with Sean and know he will do an outstanding job for our district.

As a reminder, students may come to the campus on June 15 from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and June 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to retrieve and drop-off items. Your child’s school should have sent additional information.  We ask that your trip inside the school is brief and takes no more than 15 minutes. Please stay home if someone in your family is ill, has come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has traveled to a location where a travel advisory has been issued. You may contact your child’s school with any questions.

Red Cross is hosting a blood drive on campus on June 17. To donate, please call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

Have a nice weekend,

Jim Fallon, Interim Superintendent



The following email was sent to all BCSD families on June 5, 2020:

Dear BCSD staff and families,

I hope everyone is well and has been enjoying the beautiful weather. As the end of school nears, I have a few important updates and reminders.

  • Budget Vote: All absentee ballots must be turned in by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. If you need additional absentee ballots please call the District Clerk at 637-1939, and she will coordinate with you. A ballot box is located in the District Office entry way to return any outstanding ballots.
  • Meals Program: Our Student Meals Program will continue through, and end on, Friday, June 26, 2020. I would like to thank Orlando Benzan for his volunteer coordination, Matt Schultz and the Transportation Department, Steve Small and the Food Service Department and all staff and volunteers who helped make this program so successful through the extended closure.  
  • Think Tank Survey: Our Remote Think Tank is looking for feedback on the district’s Remote Learning. We ask you to complete one survey per school building. (Example: If you have two children in Barclay, you would complete one survey.) The results from this survey will help inform future instructional decisions.Think Tank Survey
  • 5th Grade Moving-up Ceremony: Hill School will be hosting their 5th Grade Moving-up Ceremony and parade on Monday, June 8 from 7 – 7:45 p.m. Additional information for this event can be found on Hill School’s website. I would like to congratulate all of our fifth-grade students on your accomplishments and wish you luck as you begin Oliver Middle School this fall.
  • Graduation: Brockport High School begins taping our seniors graduation ceremony next week. We look forward to celebrating with our Class of 2020 and their families. The finished graduation video will be aired on Thursday, June 25, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. on Fox Rochester and streamed on 13WHAM.com.
  • Red Cross Blood Drive: To date 15 people have signed up for the June 17 blood drive. Spots are still available! To sign up to donate please call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org

Have a nice weekend,

Jim Fallon, Interim Superintendent



The following email was sent to all BCSD families on May 29, 2020:

Dear BCSD families,

During last night’s Special Board of Education Meeting, Mr. Sean Bruno was appointed as Brockport’s new Superintendent. I believe the Board has made a wise decision in selecting Mr. Bruno and know he will do an outstanding job for our district, staff and students. Mr. Bruno has the experience and dedication needed to successfully lead our school and will help navigate our district through the many obstacles we may face due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I have greatly enjoyed serving as Interim Superintendent and will remain with the district until Mr. Bruno officially starts his new position this summer.

On June 15 and 16, students may come to the campus to retrieve their belongings and drop-off items. Attached you will find information, times and expectations for these days. You will receive additional information from your child’s school early next week.

BCSD Drop off_retrival process 5_29.pdf 

As students arrive to pick-up and drop-off items, I ask you to remember the social distancing guidelines and the requirement of wearing a mask in common areas when physical distancing of six feet is not possible. The health and safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance. If you are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, you should stay home and contact your child’s principal to make alternate arrangements.

  • Temperature of 100O
  • New cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat not due to allergies
  • Body aches
  • Loss of taste/smell

As a reminder, the Budget Hearing for the proposed 2020-21 budget will be held on Tuesday, June 2 at 6:00 p.m. during the Board of Education meeting. The hearing and meeting will be done through Zoom and live streamed on the district’s Facebook page. Residents with budget questions can email communications@bcs1.org during the budget presentation. Include your name and address in your email.

Please review the budget newsletter and presentations on our website: www.bcs1.org/budget and watch the hearing on June 2 to learn more about the budget and bus proposition. I encourage all of you to vote. Ballots have been mailed to homes and must be returned by 5 p.m. on June 9. You may also drop off your ballot in the ballot box located in the main entry of the District Office.

The Summer Literacy Program which serves students in grades K -6 has been canceled for this summer.  This was not an easy decision to make, however, the district felt the funds could be used more effectively when students return to campus.  At that time, we will focus on the compression of the curriculum and ensuring that any student who may be struggling, due to the remote learning process, has additional opportunities outside of the school day for academic intervention services. We’re looking at programming before and after school, Saturdays and over vacations. We will explore the various options and provide additional information when possible.

The Red Cross will be hosting another blood drive on campus on June 17 at Barclay. If you are interested in donating please call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

Stay well,

James C. Fallon, BCSD Interim Superintendent



The following email was sent to all BCSD families on May 22, 2020:

Dear BCSD families,

As we near the end of May, we are preparing for end of year events and school closing procedures. Below are some important updates to share.

  • June 12, 2020 is the last day for remote learning.
  • June 16, 2020 is the last day of school for students PreK-12.
  • June 15 and June 16, 2020 have been designated the days for students to return to campus to retrieve personal belongings and drop-off school devices, library books and other borrowed items. A detailed plan with set times and building specific information will be sent next week.
  • The high school and middle school are working on finalizing plans for their annual awards and scholarship ceremonies. More information will soon be provided on these individual events.

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced no in-person summer school classes would be held this year. Any type of academic assistance would need to be carried out through remote learning. We are waiting for additional guidance from our Regional Summer School Coordinator to provide more information to our secondary students who may be utilizing this program.

The Governor also stated it is too early to determine what will happen for the upcoming fall semester. He indicated guidelines will be issued in June so schools and colleges can plan for various scenarios. We continue to work on our instructional and operational plans for the 2020-21 school year and will update our school community as information becomes available.  

I would like to personally thank everyone who coordinated and participated in the Senior Spring Athlete Parade. It was a beautiful evening and a great way to honor our athletes who were unable to participate in their spring season. It was so nice to see all of you, and I appreciate how respectful everyone was of social distancing.

I hope all of you are able to relax and recharge over the long weekend. No remote learning or meals will be provided on Memorial Day. Learning and services will resume on Tuesday, May 26.

Stay well,

James C. Fallon

BCSD Interim Superintendent   


The following email was sent to all BCSD families on May 15, 2020:

May 15, 2020

Dear BCSD families,

The Board of Education approved our revised proposed 2020-21 Budget of $84,197,910 at its May 12 meeting. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, significant cuts were made to the district’s original state aid amount and projected sales tax revenue. We have been informed additional state aid cuts may be coming and could be as much as $5.6 million.

As we looked at the budget and all the anticipated cuts, we did everything we could to maintain the quality of education and variety of programs that our community expects. The vote will include:

  • Proposition 1: 2020-21 proposed budget- The $84,197,910 budget projects an estimated 1.65% tax rate increase.
  • Proposition 2: Bus Purchase- this proposition, in the amount of $1,133,000, includes purchasing 11 buses and trading in 11 buses. The state aid ratio for aid back to the district is 86%.
  • Board Trustee Election: We have one incumbent trustee, David Howlett, who is seeking a second term and is running unopposed. 

Attached you will find a detailed budget newsletter that provides additional details on the 2020-21 proposed budget. I strongly encourage you to review this document. 

brockport budget 2020.pdf

You may also want to familiarize yourself with our vote by attending the virtual Budget Hearing that will be held June 2 at 6 p.m. via the district’s Facebook page.

Due to the Governor’s Executive Order, all voting will take place by absentee ballots this year. No onsite voting will occur. Ballots will be mailed to district residents and must be returned by Tuesday, June 9 at 5 p.m.

We are still waiting on the Governor’s decision surrounding the end of the year. I hope to announce our schedule for closing next Friday. In addition, we anticipate students will be able to collect their personal items from schools and return textbooks and other items in early June. We will communicate this detailed timeline soon. 

Our district has a few great fundraisers and events coming up:

Thank you for your continued patience as we finalize year-end activities and events. Please reach out with any questions.

Stay well,

James C. Fallon, Interim Superintendent



The following email was sent to all BCSD families on May 8, 2020:

Dear BCSD families,

Last week after the Governor announced school buildings would remain closed for the remainder of the academic year, we received many questions. We continue to seek guidance from the Governor’s Office, the NYS Department of Education and area Superintendents. Although we have some answers, many questions remain.

Unfortunately, this closure meant all spring sports were canceled. While this is tremendously sad for all of our athletes and coaches, it is devastating for our seniors. All of you have been in my thoughts. As a student athlete you are resilient and committed. I hope you will continue with your sport after high school and carry fond memories of playing for Brockport wherever you go.  

Per the Governor’s Executive Order, the annual School Budget Vote and Board of Education Election has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 9, 2020. This order mandates that all voting must take place by absentee ballot returned to the district by 5 p.m. on June 9. The district will be mailing more information about these requirements and information on the proposed budget in the near future. The Budget Hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, June 2 at 6 p.m. by videoconferencing and live-streamed on the district’s Facebook page.   

We understand staff and students have many items that remain within school. At this time, all school buildings remain closed to the public, except for essential personnel. We are developing a plan to comply with social distancing rules so you can safely retrieve your belongings. When deemed safe, we will notify you of the date, times and procedures. Summer school and summer activities on campus are unknown at this time. We are also working with the Governor’s Office to set an official last day of school. We hope to have answers to these questions very soon.

Below are a few additional reminders:

Monroe County Mask Distribution

Monroe County will be distributing masks to residents on Saturday, May 9 and Wednesday, May 13 from 10 – 2 p.m. You must remain in your vehicle , drive through the pick-up line and tell volunteers how many people live in your household. You will be given the appropriate number of masks through the window.  Distribution sites are based on residency:

  • Brockport Village: Oliver Middle School
  • Town of Sweden: Sweden/Clarkson Community Center on Bader’s Way (off Lake Rd. South)
  • Town of Clarkson: Hafner Park on Lake Road North
  • Town of Hamlin: Hamlin Town Hall, 1658 Lake Road

 

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Since our last blood drive was so successful, the Red Cross has requested to do another. They will be at Barclay’s School Cafeteria on Wednesday, June 17 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.  If you are healthy and feeling well, I encourage you to donate. You can make an appointment by visiting www.RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-733-2767 to schedule an appointment.

 

Have a nice weekend and stay well.

Jim Fallon, BCSD Interim Superintendent



The following email was sent to all BCSD families on May 1, 2020:

Dear BCSD families,

As you may have heard, Governor Cuomo just announced all NYS schools will remain closed through the remainder of the academic year. We will continue to provide remote learning and existing meal services for our students through the 2019-2020 school year.

While I understand you have many questions, it may take time to formulate answers. We will look to the Governor and the NYS Education Department for guidance on our next steps. The safety and security of our students, staff and families continue to be a priority. We will provide additional information when we are able.

Last week I mentioned, we received a $200,000 reduction in state aid from our original state aid run. We are receiving reports from Albany that we could receive up to a 20% reduction in the aid allocation that we were scheduled to receive. A decrease of this magnitude to our basic foundation aid would amount to a reduction in revenue of approximately $5.6 million. An amount that high would be quite impossible to absorb in an already adopted tight budget. These cuts would significantly impact area schools and will have a lasting impact.

The bottom line is that we are not getting a final number on our state aid and probably will not until mid-May or later. The state is working on assessing the damage done by the pause in the economy. The Governor has stated numerous times that the state is “broke.” While we are unsure what that will mean for Brockport, we are doing everything in our power to keep the district in the same shape as we all know it. Hopefully, we will know more soon, and the reduction will be less severe. Ideally, we will receive a number that we can deal with and keep our same basic programs.

In closing, I would like to send out a special thank you to the staff, Board members and volunteers who assisted with delivering signs and cookies to our Class of 2020 this week. A senior’s last year at high school is filled with so many special events and memories. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Class of 2020 has not been able to participate in several of these traditions. With your help, we were able to bring a few smiles and create a special memory for our seniors and their families.

Have a nice weekend and stay well,

James Fallon, BCSD Interim Superintendent



The following email was sent to all BCSD families on April 24, 2020:

Dear BCSD families,

As the days go by we receive many conflicting reports on when schools might reopen. Quite honestly, I cannot guess as to what the Governor, the County Executive and the Health Department will allow. I hope as we near May 15, we will have a more definitive plan for the remainder of the school year.

We did receive news from the Governor’s Office that after a decrease of nearly $200,000 in state aid to BCSD two weeks ago, all NYS schools could now face an additional 20% decrease. We expect a more accurate estimate of our 2020-21 State aid in the next few weeks and will be better able to assess the situation at that time. Since our Board of Education adopted the 2020-21 budget during its March 17, 2020 board meeting, this resolution will need to be amended to reflect the latest State cutbacks. We are currently looking at our proposed budget and are exploring options to address the potential deficit.

On a positive note, I am amazed at the abilities and effectiveness of our staff and students as they navigate the new world of remote learning . While I believe learning through a computer will never compare to the traditional classroom, I am amazed with the creative and unique ways teachers are engaging with their students. I have enjoyed watching the videos and hearing stories of how teachers, staff and students are learning and having fun. We have created a page on the district website (BCSD COVID-19/ Stories to Inspire) where we are sharing some of these stories. The Communication Department will be adding to this page regularly and sharing stories on social media. If you have a teacher who has done an outstanding job and you’d like to highlight their activities, please email communications@bcs1.org.

We also understand that during this time students and families can feel overwhelmed and frustrated. We are here to help. Please reach out. Our teachers, principals, counselors, administration and technical support are here to assist. Together we are resilient and Brockport strong! 

In closing, I’d again like to thank the PTSA again for initiating the Senior Door photos. I hope you enjoy the attached video that honors our Class of 2020! https://youtu.be/il7HtnetQE0

Have a good weekend and stay well!

Jim Fallon,  BCSD Interim Superintendent



The following email was sent to all OMS/BHS families on April 23, 2020:

Good afternoon,  due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the A.D. Oliver Middle School and Brockport High School Quarter 3 report cards will not be mailed home. Secondary report cards will be available through the Campus Parent portal online.

Directions for how to create an account through the parent portal are attached:

Campus Parent Portal Directions

If you need further assistance and help creating a Campus Parent Account, please call the Tech Helpline at 637-1904 or 637-1906.



The following email was sent to all BCSD families on April 17, 2020:

Dear BCSD parents,

We are now in our fifth week of the COVID-19 pandemic, and when we will reopen is a question I am asked daily. Yesterday, the Governor extended the closure of all schools until May 15, 2020. I remain hopeful that students and staff will return before the end of the school year. I will continue to provide updates as they are available.

During the last Board of Education meeting, members of the Board asked about graduation. At this time, graduation is still scheduled for June 27, 2020. However, we are exploring viable locations, including our sports stadium, since The College at Brockport will be closed through July. It is my wholehearted wish, and that of the board, to maintain our traditional graduation ceremony. Unfortunately, adjustments may need to be made. If social gatherings are not permitted in June, the ceremony will be moved to July or August. We understand the importance of graduation for our students and families and will do everything we can to make the event special. I would like to thank those who have provided suggestions and input on this very important topic. I assure you, we are exploring all options and will update you as soon as possible.

Attached you will find important information regarding student assessments and grading. As a district, we have put much time and thought into remote learning and evaluating student performance for the final quarter. If you have questions after reviewing the documents, please reach out to your child’s teacher or building principal.

Elementary attachments:
Grading criteria Remote Learning Rubic K-5.pdf
Spanish Grading criteria Remote Learning Rubic K-5.pdf

Remote Learning Philosophy -Grading Expectations Elementary.pdf
Spanish Remote Learning Philosophy -Grading Expectations Elementary.pdf


Secondary attachments:
Families Secondary Grading BCSD .pdf
Spanish Families Secondary Grading BCSD.pdf

Grading criteria Remote Learning Rubic 6-12.pdf
Spanish Grading criteria Remote Learning Rubic - 6-12.pdf

Remote Learning Philosophy -Grading Expectations Secondary .pdf
Spanish Remote Learning Philosophy -Grading Expectations Secondary.pdf

Regents Assessment Exemptions.pdf
Spanish Assessment Exemptions.pdf

This weekend the April/May Focus will be delivered to homes. We hope you enjoy the spring edition as it provides some exciting articles! An electronic copy can also be found on the district website.

As a reminder: the Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive at Barclay Café on April 22. Anyone healthy and well can donate. Appointments must be made in advance by calling 1-800-733-2767 or visit
www.RedCrossBlood.org. Additional information can be found on our website.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we work together to educate our students.

Stay well,

Jim Fallon, BCSD Interim Superintendent

 


The following email was sent to all BCSD families on April 10, 2020:

April 10, 2020

Dear BCSD families,    

As you all know, school is more than just a location where kids come to learn ideas, facts and knowledge. School is a place where students are safe, secure, fostered, encouraged and generally nourished. School is a place where kids live and grow. School is important for all children but for some it is essential; it is their home. That is why we need to be back on campus. Unfortunately, I have no answers as to when this will happen but hope it will be soon.                           

As we shared on Monday, schools have been closed by the Governor through April 29, 2020. Recently, the New York State Education Department has provided clarity regarding how we are supporting our students with new instruction during this extended closure. Your child’s health and well-being continue to be our primary focus. However, due to the extended closure, it is extremely important that your child is engaging in their schoolwork and outcomes identified by their teacher(s). We ask that if your child is struggling with completing their schoolwork to please reach out to their classroom teacher to begin the conversation.

Over the past few days, we worked collaboratively with our building administrators to create a system that supports our students. As we transition into this new phase of Remote Learning, students will be graded on a pass/fail system. Information regarding expectations specific to the pass/fail system will be shared in the next Friday Letter to the Community.

If your child’s performance throughout our Remote Learning is not consistently meeting expectations, this may result in a lower grade.  Conversely, if your child is consistently meeting or exceeding expectations, this may result in a higher grade.

New information:

  • Please see the attached document summarizing the recent guidance specific to our High School Students and Middle School students who are taking Regents level courses.

As a reminder:

  • Beginning on Monday, April 13, teachers will be delivering NEW materials in alignment to NYS standards and the learning outcomes of the respective grade levels and content areas.

  • Instruction will focus on moving forward in the curriculum, concentrating on prioritized standards, content and skills.

  • Teachers have the autonomy to teach or connect with students using a variety of modalities.

    Examples can include, but are not limited to, the following: utilization of Microsoft 365/Schoology, office hours, virtual learning, virtual team meetings, zoom, email, phone and screen recordings.

  • Maintaining a personal connection with our students is critical to their success. It is the expectation that teachers will communicate with students/families consistently throughout this closure through a variety of modes. Examples can include, but are not limited to, the examples listed above.

  • Feedback from teachers to students in a timely manner is essential in regard to students making progress toward the learning outcomes of the course or content area.

  • Electronic devices have been made available to all students K-12.

    I appreciate and value the commitment of each of you as you support your child’s at-home learning while balancing and managing your family’s needs. Please reach out if assistance is needed and remember to contact our technical support lines at 637-1904 or 637-1906, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., for remote learning technical assistance.

    Below you will find additional information and updates:

  • The Governor announced this week possible budget cuts in State Aid. We do not know exactly what this means for school budgets but will continue to await further information. We do know the May 19 Budget Vote, the May 5 Budget Public Hearing and May 4 Meet the Candidates night have been postponed. New dates have not yet been set.

  • The Student Meals Program is going very well and serving approximately 400 students a day. As a reminder, meals are served Monday-Friday from 10-11 a.m. at six locations. For more information, please see the district website under COVID-19 / Student Meals Program.

  • We are aware many questions surround the senior trip, prom and the graduation ceremony. While we have no definitive answers at this time, we are constantly seeking guidance and brainstorming ideas to continue with as many of the senior traditions as we can, I will provide updates as soon as they are available.

  • The annual eighth-grade trip to Washington D.C. in May was canceled. We are exploring the possibility of doing this trip in early October for the ninth-grade students. More information will be provided.

  • The Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive at Barclay School Café on Wednesday, April 22 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Due to COVID-19, many blood drives have been canceled, and they are in desperate need of donations. You can make an appointment by visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-733-2767. Additional information can also be found on our district website.

  • Unfortunately, the annual BCSD District Art Show has been canceled. Students, families and community members look forward to seeing the amazing work created by our artists each year. We are looking into a “virtual art show” so we can still enjoy seeing a sample of what our students can create. We are in the beginning stages of brainstorming ideas and hope to provide an update soon.

  • I would like to thank Tricia White and the PTSA for starting the BCSD Senior Door project. The outpouring of support and photos to honor our graduating class of 2020 has been incredible. If you have a senior and would like to include your photo, please submit as soon as possible to tmwhite27@yahoo.com . All photos are shared on social media and will be compiled into a slide show and placed on the BHS website.

The last three weeks have been remarkable in Central Office. Everything changes daily and sometimes several times a day. I appreciate your patience as we sort through the information we are given. I realize you may have many questions, as do we, but I assure you we will provide updates as soon as we process and understand the directives we are given. Please continue to check our district website for the latest information and check your email. If you are not getting updates emailed to you contact the Registrar’s Office at Registrar@bcs1.org or 637-1857. 

Stay well,

James C. Fallon, Interim Superintendent



The following email was sent to all BCSD families on April 6, 2020:

Brockport families,

We wanted to provide you with the following updates:

Governor Cuomo announced today that his “New York on Pause” executive order has been extended. This means that schools and non-essential business must remain closed until April 29. 

In addition, we received notice from Interim Commissioner Shannon Tahoe that she is proposing to cancel Regents Exams. Once the Board of Regents takes action and provides guidance, we will update you.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Continue to check your email and the district website for updates.

-Jim Fallon, Interim Superintendent



The following email was sent to all BCSD families on April 3, 2020:

Dear Brockport families,

As we continue to move forward through these unprecedented times, change continues to happen on a daily basis. Much has happened in the last week, and I wanted to give you my updates.

President Trump extended social distancing guidelines to April 30, and on March 27 Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order closing schools through April 14. If the closures are not extended, we would return to school (on-site) April 15. He also mandated schools to provide continuity of instruction, student meals and childcare resources every weekday, including April 6 – 10, which would have been Spring Recess.

  • Student meals are typically served Mon. – Fri. from 10 – 11 a.m. at six locations. Next week’s meals will be served Mon., April 6 – Thurs., April 9 at all locations. Meals will not be served on Fri., April 10. A double meal will be available on Thursday. Please see the district website for complete information on the Student Meals Program, including site locations.
  • We added a Child Care Services tab on the district website that includes resources if you are in need of child care.
  • As for the continuity of instruction, the reality from NYS is we are no longer on break next week. I realize this is disappointing for many. However, we are mandated to provide instruction and services this week to compensate for time that has been lost.

To comply with state mandates, the district is implementing guidelines to ensure new learning occurs and that we have consistency across grades K-12 as we move forward. At this point, Regents exams are still scheduled, and AP exams will be administered online.

A few important reminders/updates:

  • Beginning April 3, all teachers will post assignments each Friday by the end of business hours with the expectation students will complete work throughout the following week.
  • Teachers can use their professional judgement on how to best format instruction for their students.
  • New instruction and assignments will begin no later than April 13 for all students.
  • Parents and students should continue to check email regularly for important information and updates. (student email example: 21.john.doe@students.bcs1.org

    formula: last two digits of grad year. first 8 letters of first name . first 8 of last name)

  • Please log into Infinite Campus and verify we have a current email address on file for you. If you need to update this information, contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@bcs1.org.
  • If you are a parent and need an activation key to create an account or support with your existing Campus Parent account, go to the link below and select the building your student attends to request support:

    https://brockportny.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/parents/brockport.jsp

    Please have the following pieces of information available when requesting any support with Campus Parent.

    1. Student Name
    2. Student birthdate
    3. Six-digit student ID# (this would also be their lunch number)

      If you have more than one student in your household, you will only need to provide information for one.  Your parent account will include all students linked to you as a guardian.

  • We encourage parents to download the free Infinite Campus (IC) app on their phones. As more communication will be sent out by email through IC, this will allow parents to get instant, up-to-date information.
  • When staff call, it may show up as a blocked or unknown number. Please answer, as it is likely our staff trying to connect with you.

On March 30, Governor Cuomo issued another Executive Order stating school board elections and associated budget votes are postponed until at least June 1, 2020 and are subject to further directives including future delays. Therefore, the May 19 vote, the May 5 Public Hearing and the May 4 Meet the Candidate night have been canceled. At this time, no dates have been set for these events.

It was with heavy heart that I canceled the eighth-grade Washington DC trip in May. We were informed yesterday that Washington is closed to visitors until June, at the earliest. The decision to cancel the trip was on target with the new travel restrictions in place. We are looking at moving this trip to the fall when students are entering ninth grade. This creates many questions and much planning. We are exploring the feasibility of this option and will communicate when we have additional information.

I realize this is an overload of information. If you have questions, or need assistance, please reach out. Your child’s teachers and principal are always available and are checking email frequently. We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.

Stay safe and well,

James C. Fallon, Interim Superintendent



The following email was sent to all BCSD families on March 30, 2020:

Dear Brockport families,

The district will continue to provide the grab-and-go meals to BCSD students at all six locations over Spring Recess from Monday, April 6 - Thursday, April 9. We will NOT be serving meals on Friday, April 10. A double meal will be served on Thursday, April 9.

As a reminder- Brockport's Student Meals Program can found at the following sites:

Site 1: Brockport High School

Meals will be served from the high school west entrance/student parking area near the cafeteria. We ask you to stay in your car and enter from Commencement Drive, proceed into the HS student parking area and pick-up meals at the curbside of the cafeteria.

Site 2: Seldon Squares Apartments, 99 Sunset Center Lane at West Avenue, Brockport, NY

Site 3: Clarkson Hamlin Town Line Road Plaza, Clarkson Hamlin Town Line Road just west of Huntington Parkway, Hamlin, NY

Site 4: Harper Park, 4000 Brick Schoolhouse Road at Chestnut Drive, Hamlin, NY

Site 5: Hidden Creek, 1 Sandy Brook Drive at Drake Road, Hamlin, NY

Site 6: Clarkson Town Park, 3655 Lake Road, Clarkson, NY 

For more information on the Student Meals Program please see the district website

Sincerely, 

Jim Fallon, Interim Superintendent



The following automated message was sent to all BCSD staff and families on March 27, 2020 on behalf of Jim Fallon:

Dear BCSD Staff and Families,

As of today, the Governor has closed all schools in New York State through April 15. Please know we will continue to update you as we learn more from our local and state government.

Your continued commitment to social distancing is especially important during this critical time to help flatten the curve and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. 

As a district, we are waiting for further guidance from our local and state government related to school closures beyond the current executive order. We will communicate any change in the projected length of closure and will continue to plan and provide resources for the continuation of services and remote learning. 

The safety and well-being of our students, staff and families continues to be our highest priority. If you need additional information or assistance please do hesitate to reach out to your building principal, and see our district website for additional information.

-Jim Fallon
Interim Superintendent


The following email was sent to families March 27, 2020:

March 27, 2020

Brockport families,

We have made it through the first two weeks of school closures due to COVID-19. Thank you for your patience as we put new programs and procedures into place. We are continuing to work on how we can best support our students during this time and will update you by email and on our district website as necessary. We appreciate the work you have done as families to practice social distancing and assisting your child with remote learning.  

Our teachers have continued working on developing clear, concise learning activities for various content areas and ways to deliver them to you and your child. As a reminder, online learning is available for all BCSD students. Students must sign into their Office 365 Microsoft accounts and log-in to Teams to access all online work. Please call the District Technical Support Line if you need assistance.Some friendly reminders:


1. Teachers may email you more often than once a week for check-ins, etc.

2. Please check your junk/spam mail in case any communications from teachers and/or the district have ended up there.

3. Technical Support Lines: (585) 637-1904 and (585) 637-1906. Two phone lines are available to assist with remote learning in the event you need technical assistance and support. Lines will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

4. Student m
eals are being offered from 10 – 11 a.m., Monday through Friday, at six community sites. For special dietary needs, call Food Service at (585) 637-1846. Meal sites include: Brockport High School, Seldon Squares Apartments, Clarkson Hamlin Town Line Road Plaza, Harper Park, Hidden Creek and Clarkson Town Park.

5. Links to all of our parent resources and previous updates are available on our district website on the COVID-19 Information Page: COVID-19 Information

Beginning the week of March 30, each building will host a challenge for the entire district.  Schools will challenge all students in the district to show their school spirit at home and post them on the district’s social media accounts!  The days include:

 

  • Monday: Ginther – Silly Hat Day
  • Tuesday: Barclay – Mismatch Day
  • Wednesday: Hill – Wild Socks Day
  • Thursday: OMS – Throwback Thursday – Dress like your favorite TV character from the 80s or 90s
  • Friday: High School - Spirit or Sports Wear

Let’s see which school gets the most support! Please tweet your photos @BrockportCSD or post to our Brockport CSD Facebook account.

Thank you for your ongoing support and willingness to work through this together. Please contact me with any questions.

Stay well,

Jim Fallon, Interim Superintendent

James.fallon@bcs1.org




The following email was sent to families March 19, 2020:

Dear BCSD families,

A big thank you to Brockport staff and families for their support during this unsettling time. I was amazed at how efficiently the technology distribution and meal pick-ups have been. It truly takes a village, and our Brockport community is the best! Please see the following updates, and we will continue to notify you with additional information.

School meals update:
The district will provide up to two free grab-and-go meals for BCSD students age 18 and underMeals will be given to you based on the number of children enrolled in our district. There are no income requirements or registration needed for this service. Please note that breakfast is assorted breakfast items and lunch is a peanut butter/jelly sandwich meal or an alternate sandwich meal.  For special dietary needs, call the Food Service office at (585) 637-1846.

Additional sites- See meals flyer

Starting Monday, March 23 we will expand to six community sites.  Please note all locations will have a shorter meal pick-up time frame, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. only.  Look for the BCSD meal distribution signs at the following locations:

Site 1: Brockport High School
Meals will be served from the high school west entrance/student parking area near the cafeteria. We ask you to stay in your car and enter from Commencement Drive, proceed into the HS student parking area and pick-up meals at the curbside of the cafeteria.

Site 2: Seldon Squares Apartments, 99 Sunset Center Lane at West Avenue, Brockport, NY

Site 3: Clarkson Hamlin Town Line Road Plaza, Clarkson Hamlin Town Line Road just west of Huntington Parkway, Hamlin, NY

Site 4: Harper Park, 4000 Brick Schoolhouse Road at Chestnut Drive, Hamlin, NY

Site 5: Hidden Creek, 1 Sandy Brook Drive at Drake Road, Hamlin, NY

Site 6: Clarkson Town Park, 3655 Lake Road, Clarkson, NY 

Instruction update:
Your child’s physical and mental health is our top priority. Learning from home is meant to keep students engaged in learning during the closure, but it will not replicate in-school instruction. As a reminder, there will be no new learning occurring at this time, and assignments are not meant to overwhelm. We hope the learning resources you can find on our district website under the “Remote Learning” tab will provide a sense of normalcy for students and help keep them connected to school. Engage with the resources the best you can and reach out to your building principal if you have any questions.

Questions have been asked about the New York State grades 3-8 testing. The district will take direction from the NYS Education Department and will update you when we are able.

BCSD building access:
Starting Friday, March 20 at 3 p.m. all school buildings on campus will be closed to the public and staff, with the exception of essential staff who have been asked to report. This is due to the state of emergency and is a precautionary measure to limit the spread of illness. The district administration and staff will remain highly responsive to phone calls and email. Below is a general contact list for your reference.

Building/Department:                       Phone:                        Email:

Technical Support                       585-637-1904 & 585-637-1906          N/A

Brockport High School:                      585-637-1870              Melody.Davis@bcs1.org       

Oliver Middle School:                         585-637-1860              Jerrod.Roberts@bcs1.org

Hill Elementary:                                  585-637-1850              Brandon.Broughton@bcs1.org

Barclay Elementary:                           585-637-1840              Scott.Morrison@bcs1.org

Ginther Elementary:                           585-637-1830              Debra.Waye@bcs1.org

At this time, we do not have a definitive date for when schools will re-open. I will continue to be in constant communication with local health officials and other school superintendents. I assure you, as we have new information to share we will update you by email and on the district website. Thank you for your continued support and patience.

 

Sincerely,

James C. Fallon
Interim Superintendent


The following email was sent to families March 16, 2020:
Dear BCSD families,

As you know, all Monroe County public schools were closed to students beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice. This closing includes all school-related activities such as sports and other extracurricular activities. The purpose of the school closure is to limit the spread of COVID-19 throughout our community and the state.

Our Leadership Team has been working diligently to develop a plan to provide educational resources and select services during the extended closure.

SCHOOL BUILDING HOURS:

Brockport School buildings are currently closed to the general public. Buildings will be opened for students to collect their personal belongings Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 20 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.  (If someone needs to enter a building outside these hours please contact the Superintendent's Office.)

At this time, anyone entering a building will be required to enter through the main entrance, sign in and out and use the provided hand sanitizer. 

MEDICINE PICK-UP:

On Wednesday, March 18 nurses will be available in each building to pick up medication between 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. You do not need to call to schedule an appointment, simply go to the nurse’s office.

SCHOOL MEALS: 

The district will provide up to two free grab-and-go meals for BCSD students age 18 and under beginning Wednesday, March 18. Meals will be served from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday-Friday and distributed from the high school west entrance/student parking area near the cafeteria. 

Please enter from Commencement Drive, proceed into the HS student parking area and pick-up meals at the curbside of the cafeteria. Signs will be posted on campus to direct meal pick-up. Please stay in your car and proceed in an orderly fashion. Meals will be given to you based on the number of children enrolled in our district. There are no income requirements or registration needed for this service. For special dietary needs, call the Food Service office at (585) 637-1846.

INSTRUCTION AND REMOTE LEARNING:

The district will be using remote learning for all general education, special education and related services. The focus will be on skill-set development, review of concepts and reinforcement of our curriculum aligned to the NYS Learning Standards.

There will be no new learning occurring during this time. Students can access resources on their devices to keep them engaged in learning. This is also a great time to make up any missed work they may owe. Reading is another excellent way to explore new places or learn something new.

There are other ways to keep your mind active such as playing outside, board games or helping your family around your home. It is important that students are getting enough sleep. We want you rested and refreshed when you return to school.

Directions to access remote learning and related service resources will be located on our district webpage. In addition, a “Remote Learning Tab” can be found at the top of each building’s page. Learning resources will be available beginning on Wednesday, March 18.

We want to emphasize that the health and safety of our students and staff should be the most important thing to consider. It is extremely important families are balancing their time on devices. We are suggesting screen time to be limited to approximately two hours daily and balanced with reading and outdoor activities.

Two phone lines have been set up to assist with remote learning in the event you need technical assistance and support. Personal devices will NOT be supported from the district for hardware issues.  

Technical Support Lines: (585) 637-1904 and (585) 637-1906 
Lines will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

In addition, Spectrum Communications is providing new customers with free internet services during this public health situation. Call 1-855-707-7328 for more information.

DEVICE DISTRIBUTION (iPad or laptops):

Device pick-up will be Wednesday, March 18 from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Devices can be picked up at your student’s respective building.  We ask that you follow the guidelines outlined below for a smooth distribution.

There will be signage indicating where vehicles should pull-up for device pick-up.

  • Oliver Middle School: lower gym
  • Hill Elementary: east doors (where buses drop-off and pick-up students)
  • Barclay Elementary:cafeteria doors
  • Ginther: enter in the bus loop

SPRING BREAK:

Spring break will continue as previously scheduled, April 6-10.

SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY

We are living in unprecedented times. While we have prepared to deliver education in different ways, we did not expect the abrupt dismissal of schools. We are up to the challenge and will do everything we can to ensure our students have the resources they need to continue learning.

The COVID-19 virus is proving to be a serious threat to health and well-being. We support the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendation for social distancing in the prevention of a viral spread. It may not be prudent to schedule play-dates, group gatherings or large neighborhood get togethers during this time.

Our goal is to keep you informed and supported as much as possible. I understand there will be questions that can only be answered as the situation evolves. We will continue to update you by email, School Messenger and our district website. Please be sure your contact information is current in our system. If you need to make changes, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (585) 637-1857 or registrar@bcs1.org.

Thank you for your patience as we work through this together. The safety of our students, staff and community is of the utmost importance. As always, feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

 

Sincerely,

James C. Fallon

Interim Superintendent
Brockport Central School District



The following automated message went to all staff and families on March 14, 2020 at 3:30 p.m.:
 

Brockport families and staff,

The Brockport Central School District, upon the directive of the Monroe County Health Department, will be closed to students beginning Monday, March 16 until further notice. This closing includes all school-related activities including sports and other extracurricular activities.

Information pertaining to staff and their work-schedule will be forthcoming.  

A more detailed communication for families regarding picking up items at the school, meals for students who receive free or reduced lunches, social supports, remote instruction and other operational procedures will be emailed and posted on our district website in near future.

All events hosted by an outside organization on the BCSD campus, beginning now, are canceled or postponed.

The Monroe County Health Department and school leaders will review this situation on a week to week basis. We will continue to provide you with updates.

The following automated message was sent to all BCSD families on March 14, 2020 at 12:45 p.m.:

Dear Brockport families,

We are aware of the just announced second confirmed case of COVID-19 in Monroe County. Our Leadership Management team has come together, and we are in contact with Monroe County Executive Bello, Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Mendoza and area superintendents. 

Please anticipate further correspondence as it relates to our school district later today. You can also check the district website for regular updates and resources. Thank you for your continued support and words of encouragement as we work through this together. 

Jim Fallon

Interim Superintendent


The following automated message was sent to all BCSD families on March 13, 2020:


Good afternoon families, 

This is Jim Fallon, Interim Superintendent for the Brockport Central School District. 

I wanted to call to reassure you that we are continuing to monitor the Novel Coronavirus. As a district, we have been working together on a daily basis to discuss strategies on how to best keep our students, staff and families healthy during this emerging public health situation. 

We continue to work with the Department of Health, the State Education Department and area superintendents as we evaluate all scenarios in which we might need to close schools.  

Our instruction office, technology department and principals are collaborating on how to ensure the continuation of instruction in the event of a closing. Should this become necessary, we will share further information.  

While there are no definitive plans to close school at this time, we recommend that families begin to prepare for childcare in case closures become a reality.  

Our March and April may look a little different, but we will get through this situation together. We are all working to navigate unknown situations. My goal is not to alarm you, but keep you well informed.  

I ask that you check your email and our district website regularly for updates. Please know the health and safety of our students and staff will continue to be the priority in all decisions we make. 



March 11, 2020


Dear BCSD families,

The Brockport Central School District has been preparing in the event the new coronavirus (COVID-19) reaches Monroe County.

I am in regular discussions with the NYS Department of Education, the Monroe County Department of Health, state and local legislators and area superintendents as we monitor the situation and determine the best course of action.  I have gathered significant information and many of our questions have been answered. I realize other questions can only be answered as the situation evolves.

My goal is to keep you informed and supported as much as possible as we move forward with the school year.

The district has been reviewing our emergency planning as it relates to pandemics. We are focused on:

  • Communication to staff, students and families:
    • We will continue to update you by email, School Messenger and our district website. If your contact information has changed and needs to be updated, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 585-637-1857 or registrar@bcs1.org.
  • Continuation of services:
    • Our Assistants to the Superintendent for Instruction and building principals have been working together to develop an instructional plan for extended school closings. This plan will be refined with teaching staff and shared with families in the event of a prolonged closing.
  • Cleaning procedures:
    • We want to reassure you Brockport has infectious disease protocols in place and has been taking steps, such as cleaning and disinfecting classrooms, offices, common areas and our buses to minimize the spread of illness.
  • Cancellation procedures:
    • We are reviewing all previously approved and newly requested student trips (clubs, teams, groups, etc.).
  • Closure procedures, if needed:
    • On March 9, the NYS Department of Health and NYS Department of Education jointly issued guidance regarding a mandatory 24-hour closure if a confirmed case is determined. The Department of Health will be the determining agency for school closures of additional lengths.

Here are some general suggestions I would like you to take into consideration:

  1. Please practice healthy, germ preventative behaviors and continue to support and encourage your child to do the same. 
  2. If you or a family member begin to show flu-like symptoms including: mild to severe respiratory illness, fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, and suspect it may be COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. Before going to your provider’s office, inform them that a case of COVID-19 is suspected and follow their advice.
  3. If your children are sick, please keep them home. At the recommendation of the Department of Health, we will be tracking flu-like symptoms or respiratory illnesses. When you call your children in sick to attendance, please indicate the nature of their illness. 

Thank you for your patience as we work our way through this together. We will continue to keep you updated   as we receive new information. As always, feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

James C. Fallon

Interim Superintendent

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