2020-2021 Re-Opening

2020-2021 Re-Opening

Please be reminded that meals for our remote learners are available for pick-up on Fridays between 9 am and 11 am, and again from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. These meals are prepared in advance, so please provide at least 24 hours’ notice if you are in need of meals. If you do not register in advance for meal pick up, we cannot guarantee to have any extras available to accommodate you.

As we enter the second semester of the school year, many families have adjusted the learning model that fits the needs of their family. We are asking ALL fully remote families who wish to participate in the food distribution of breakfasts and lunches to please complete the form so that we have exact counts moving forward.

Please follow this link: https://forms.gle/QuJHQJbKB7kETw1u6 to a Google form to be completed to register for meals. You will be asked to provide your name, number of students to receive meals, and which time slot you will be picking them up. If you need assistance completing the form, please contact Linda Okon at 716-934-2603 ext. 4966.

In our commitment to continued program review, we request parents of fully remote Elementary students complete a short survey by Tuesday, November 24 at 5pm to help guide us so we can improve the virtual teaching/programming to our students. Please be honest and candid with the information you share as we will use it to build upon the good things, change where possible, and gain knowledge for future implementation. We are hopeful you will put your name on the survey so we can contact you if we have questions, BUT it can also be completed anonymously if you prefer. 

Read the full letter here
Survey Link

Parent Broadcast- November 9, 2020

Attention Elementary Remote Learning Families:

Presently, we are ending the first 10 weeks of the school year and we would like to reassess our two learning models now, rather than wait until January 2021.  A letter is being mailed today, Monday, November 9, outlining the contents of this message. 

We are conducting another survey to determine if any parents desire their child(ren) to transition from remote to in-person.  IF there is capacity within your child(ren)’s grade level and you desire for your child(ren) to return to in-person learning, we will try to honor your request. 

At this point remote parents must once again indicate your preference as to which learning environment you desire for your PK-5 child(ren) either in person (traditional setting) or remain virtual (remote), for each child for the remainder of the first semester at which point we MAY reassess again.  It is important to know we ARE REQUIRED to continue to operate with strict social distancing, reduced population, and strict mask wearing protocols. 

You will be asked your preferred learning model, for each child for the remainder of the first semester at which point we MAY reassess again.  You must register your child(ren) by Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 5pm. 

It is important to note that we MAY NOT be able to honor your request to return to in-person as we have limited capacity, however we desire to know your preference.  We plan to update families by Friday, November 20. 

If your child(ren) attends in-person, you do NOT need to do anything, we will continue to honor your choice made this summer and your child(ren) WILL CONTINUE to attend in person. Middle/High school students will continue in their current instructional models.  This message only pertains to Elementary remote families.

We want to end by thanking you for your continued support and trust in our school district.  Although these continue to be extremely difficult times for everyone with new developments, the school district family remains committed to educating students to the best of our ability.  We remain committed to enhanced communication, progressing methodically and transparently, under the decision making of “what is best for students” within the structural parameters we have available to us.

In closing, we remind you that, “We are all in this together and together we will get through this”.

Letter to Elementary Remote Only Families 11.9.20

Survey Link for Elementary Remote Families
Parent Broadcast 9/28

This is an announcement for fully remote students only-

As fully remote student families are aware, the district provides meals for your children which you are able to pick up between 9 and 11 am on Fridays.  We recognize that this time frame may not be convenient for families that work.  We are going to offer an additional pickup time from 3:30 to 4:30 pm on Fridays.

Please phone the switchboard and speak to Mrs. Rybak or leave a message indicating if you would prefer to pick up your meals from 3:30 to 4:30, and if so, how many children you need meals for.  As a reminder, you will be provided 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches for the following week when you pick up on Fridays.  A further reminder that these meals contain not only cold items, but also items to be heated up such as chicken nuggets, pizza, hamburgers, etc. similar to the meals served in our cafeterias.

Please remember that school meals are free for ALL students under our new CEP eligibility. They are served grab-and-go style with no need to swipe their cards unless they are purchasing a la carte snacks. The take-home meals are also free and they are bagged “heat and eat” lunches that are the same quality meals served in our cafeterias. Some of the meal selections include chicken patties, mozzarella sticks, popcorn chicken, and pizza. They include sides of fruits and veggies and white or chocolate milk. Please encourage your children to take advantage of these meals. The district worked hard to ensure all of our students could receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch at no cost to them, and as residents and taxpayers in the district you are entitled to benefit from this great program!


Please be advised that Community Education classes for the fall/winter 2020 have been cancelled. The district was unable to accommodate the cleaning, sanitizing, and social distancing requirements that would have been require to hold these classes. We did not make the decision to cancel until after the Silverliner had gone to print. We will keep the community informed if we are able to hold spring sessions.


For Fully remote learning families:
Meal distribution begins for ALL remote learners this Friday, September 11. Meal pick up will be at the HS band entrance from 9 am to 11 am. Please phone 934-2603 ext. 0 and inform the operator of how many meals you need. Please note, meals are being provided for students enrolled in the district only


  1. A reminder: This year all students will receive a free breakfast and lunch regardless of family income level. Please complete the gold form that was mailed to your household last week. It is imperative that the district collect this data to continue to maintain our eligibility for this grant.


  2. For hybrid students (students attending every other day), they will receive a bag containing their breakfast and lunch for the next day as they leave school at the end of their in-person instruction day.


    For remote learners (students who learn completely online at home) meal distribution will be at the HS Band entrance.  Families may pick up 5 days’ worth of meals on Fridays between 9 am and 11 am. Please phone the switchboard (716) 934-2603 ext. 0 to tell how many children you will need meals for by Wednesday, September 9 at 9 am.


  3. As we begin this school year, it is imperative we work together to open our school as safely and effectively as possible.DO NOT send your child to school sick. Students who are in school and show symptoms of COVID 19 will be sent home. We encourage you to take your child’s temperature each day before they leave for school.

If your child won’t comply with the District’s COVID 19 policies and procedures, including social distancing and wearing masks as required, they will be sent home and required to participate remotely. 


•Link for PK-5 families to choose their child's learning environment for 2020-2021 school year by August 10th: http://forms.gle/N2A6eDaLSxGzodet6

Grade 6-8 families who would like to choose full at-home, remote instruction must call the Middle School Office by August 10th to make arrangements. (716) 934-2603 ext. 1400

Grade 9-12 families who would like to select full at-home, remote instruction follow this link: 

•Updated Guidance for Positive Cases in Schools 12/11/20
•Elementary Reopening Plan

•Middle School Reopening Plan

•High School Reopening Plan

•Contact Tracing

•Screening & Testing

•NYS Dashboard for COVID Data in Schools

Remote Learning

•High School Letter to Families

•High School Update 9.17.20


Elementary Return to School video