Please note the following information during our extended school closure (Updated 3/31/20).
Closure Update: We are officially closed until April 15th. By executive order, the governor has directed all schools statewide to remain closed until April 15, 2020, at which time the continued closure will be re-evaluated. We will continue to work with local emergency management staff, the Tioga County Health Department, the County Executive, the State Education Department, and ultimately the Governor’s office to determine our status for closing or opening moving forward.
Use of playgrounds, fields, and other facilities: You may have noticed signs up around our school grounds, fields, and playgrounds regarding them being ‘closed’. Per NYS and Tioga County Executive order, we were instructed to close all sites until further notice.
Food Distribution: Our new food plan started this week. In an effort to limit contact and reduce families and staff having to come out daily, meal grab-n-go pick up will be on Mondays and Thursdays ONLY, from 10am-1pm and 4pm-6pm in the OES Loop and the Apalachin Fire Station. Families will receive meals to last them multiple days. If transportation is an issue, please call us at 607-687-7307 x7777 and leave a message requesting delivery. Our website will always show the most updated meal options. ***Friday bus drops will NOT be happening on Friday, April 10th***
Learning: We continue to be amazed by our students, families and staff during the shift to virtual learning experiences. This looks different and will continue to be a very fluid situation for each grade level. We are using the input that you are sharing in our latest ThoughtExchange Survey: How you believe remote learning is going for you and your child, to adjust our practices and to help shape the next steps in this process. I’d again like to thank the community for their feedback, and our teachers for their hard work on this. Thank you for continuing to help your child(ren) engage with their teacher(s).
We previously communicated about April 6th-April 13th, our scheduled Spring Break, would be time off from instruction. However, last night we received follow-up guidance from NYSED with clarification for school districts regarding Spring Break. The New York State Education Department requires School Districts to continue to provide remote instruction for students and meals for students, every weekday between April 1, 2020 and April 14, 2020, even if the district is scheduled to be on spring break during that time.
That being said, Owego Apalachin will continue to provide both food, and education, over what was previously scheduled as our Spring Break. More information and guidance from your school building leadership on the academic piece will be sent to you this week. Our food distribution plan will be updated and shared prior to next week.
Online Academic Plan: We are currently working to advance our online learning plan. We have received some excellent feedback from students and parents about improvements we can make in the process. We will look to implement some changes to the teaching, learning and grading structure as we move forward in order to offer a more effective online learning environment for all students.
WIFI Information: OA COMMUNITY WIFI INFORMATION
Board of Education: The 3/30/20 BOE meeting was held through Zoom and live streamed on the district YouTube channel. It is available to view here: OACSD BOARD OF EDUCATION PAGE
OACSD has a dedicated phone number (607) 687-7307 ext. 7777 to leave a message for any questions you might have during the extended time away. With district staff working off-site during the duration of the closure the best way to contact them would be through their district email account or by leaving a message on this dedicated number. (Messages will be forwarded to the appropriate district personnel.) Thank you for your patience and understanding as responses could be delayed.
Special Education Resources Mental Health Resources Distance Learning Resources
We will get through this together and that’s what makes our OA community special.
Testing: We have been informed that 3-8 testing has been canceled for this year. No word yet on Regents exams, and we don’t expect to hear for some time. We have received word from the College Board on arrangements that are being made to provide remote testing opportunities for AP Exams. Here is a link to all of the information: AP Updates for Schools Impacted by Coronavirus. We’re working on processing this with our staff and OFA administrators and teachers will be addressing this directly with students.
OACSD Information will continue to come directly to you on the district mobile app (download for FREE in your app store), website, and through our SchoolMessenger System. SchoolMessenger sends updates to the Parent/Gurdian contact that is currently on file with the district. This includes emails, texts messages and phone calls. If you have not been receiving any of these updates, please contact us for help. Please note that limited information will be posted on the district’s social media sites in regard to this issue. This is to ensure that all messages reaching our school community are accurate and that all information comes directly from the school district.Finally, it can’t be said enough times, we hope you and your family stay healthy and we are here for you. Please participate in “flattening the curve.” Social distance is essential. Stay home and away from others. We’ll all be better for it.
Thank you again for your understanding and support.