Please note the following information during our extended school closure (Updated 5/22/20).
Closure Update: Our buildings are officially closed through the rest of the academic school year. By executive order, the governor has directed all schools statewide to remain closed for the rest of the school year. Remote learning will continue during this time of our buildings being closed for the remainder of the school year. 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 the status of any end of year events and summer activities.
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.
Pursuant to contractual stipulations and Executive Order 202.18, schools are required to work through scheduled breaks/vacations. This includes the Friday before the Memorial Day weekend (May 22). Memorial Day is a federal holiday, so the district will be closed on May 25, no online classes.
We have determined that June 12th will be the last day of instruction for the OA School District. This is subject to change, however, if the Governor’s office or the New York State Department of Education give further guidance.
Celebrations and Recognitions
We fully understand and are committed to providing our students with the types of recognition they earned and deserve. We are in the process of planning the following events:
5th Grade Moving up Ceremonies
8th Grade Moving up & Awards Ceremony
NHS Induction Ceremony
Cap & Gown Handout/Senior Celebration Day
A significant ceremony to recognize and celebrate the members of the OFA Class of 2020 while adhering to appropriate health and safety requirements
Please understand that these, as well as other end of year activities, are significant events that take careful planning with adherence to appropriate health and safety requirements. Once we receive the appropriate clearances and refine logistics, plans will be shared with families. Simply know that we hear you and we are working to provide significant and memorable experiences for our students and families.
Collecting Personal Items
We are devising a plan for collecting and distributing all of the students’ personal belongings from lockers, classrooms and other areas in the school buildings. We are aiming for the second or third week in June to have all personal items bagged up and ready for pick up. Families will receive more specific details once dates and a plan have been set for each building.
NEW YORK STATE ThoughtExchange: Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that New York school facilities will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. As we look to the future, we must think about what a return to school buildings might look like and how best to support students, families and staff.
NYS ThoughtExchange on Return to In-Person School
This is a statewide exchange facilitated by the 37 New York BOCES (Boards of Cooperative Educational Services). The exchange results will be shared with our elected officials so that they will have a more global understanding of the thoughts and ideas our community members have about returning to in-person schooling. Click here to participate:
Food Distribution: 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. ***PLEASE NOTE - NO FOOD DISTRIBUTION MONDAY, MAY 25th FOR MEMORIAL DAY (Food will be offered Tuesday the 26th and Thursday the 28th***
Online Academic Plan: The focus of the Remote Learning Plan, that officially started on April 20th, is on the continuation of student learning and to minimize any negative impact the current circumstances have on students academically and personally. This set of guidelines is designed to support an understanding of the district expectations for learning and grading at both the elementary and secondary levels. The specific elements of our instructional approach, such as learning platforms, modes of student contact, and student learning time, vary according to grade level. Review the ‘OA Remote Learning Guide during COVID-19’ on our Curriculum and Instruction page for more information on what you can expect to see for your child(ren). Reach out to your teacher(s) or your building principal with any questions regarding the new structure.
Special Education Resources Mental Health Resources Distance Learning Resources
Testing: We have been informed that 3-8 testing and Regents exams for June and August have been canceled: NYSED Guidance. 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 COVID-19 Updates for Owego Free Academy. SATs have been canceled for May and June. Collegeboard is putting together a new testing schedule, to be released in May, that will include test administration every month September-December next school year. ACTs canceled for April, no decision on June test as of now. (***Many colleges/universities are going "test optional" for next year's admissions cycle: meaning a student can apply not having a set of scores. A decision will be based upon academic record and letters of recommendation.***)
WIFI Information: OA Community WIFI Information
Board of Education:BOE meetings will continue to be live streamed on our YouTube channel. More BOE info and videos of past meetings can be found here: OACSD Board of Education Page
OACSD Help Line: We have 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.
Universal PreK and Kindergarten Registration
We have once again extended the deadline, and subsequently the lottery, for UPK registrations. Parents of students who qualify to attend UPK in the Fall of 2020 (student must turn 4 years old on or before December 1, 2020) as well as Kindergarten Registration, can physically turn in completed registration packets at the Owego Elementary School Office during the following dates/times:
May 26th & 27th, June 2nd & 3rd, June 9th & 10th, June 16th & 17th from 9:00-11:00 AM
Regardless of the elementary building your child will attend, all registration forms can be dropped off at OES during these times. Please remember you will be entering a public building, so all social distancing requirements will be in place. If you are able, you may also email registration forms and other required documentation to Jodi Lindhorst at [email protected] - to avoid contact as much as possible, please bring all of your paperwork completed, and copies of the necessary documentation for registration.
The deadline to register for UPK will now be 11:00AM on June 17th. The Lottery, if needed, will take place on Monday, June 22nd at 10:00am.
For more information on UPK and Kindergarten Registration requirements, and to download the documents, visit our website: https://www.oacsd.org/UniversalPre-K_201818141343805.aspx . UPK and Kindergarten Screenings have been delayed for now. Parents will receive more information once those details are determined.
Free/Reduced Meals: Sign up for free and reduced school meals by applying online at https://www.myschoolapps.com/. Free and reduced meals would be available for your child(ren) for the remainder of the school year and 30 business days into next school year.
SNAP Benefits: If you are a family that is in need of extra assistance you can also apply for SNAP benefits at https://www.ny.gov/services/apply-snap. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues electronic benefits that can be used like cash to purchase food at stores.
Health Insurance: NY State of Health is committed to ensuring access to affordable, quality health insurance for all New Yorkers so they can get the care they need during this state of emergency. Find out more here: NY STATE OF HEALTH LETTER TO FAMILIES
NYS on Pause - Coronavirus Information
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/Guardian 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. This is to ensure that all messages reaching our school community are accurate and that all information comes directly from the school district.