Dear Silver Creek Central School District Residents,
On behalf of the faculty, staff, and administration it gives us great pleasure to welcome everyone back for the start of the 2021-2022 school year. The recent increased transmission of the COVID Delta variant has caused great uncertainty throughout this summer and has once again provided challenges to what our upcoming school year may look like. That being said, the Administrative Team and Board of Education have successfully prepared a safe school environment under the direction and guidelines of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Chautauqua County Department of Health and NYS Education Department and in consultation with our school medical director. We have prioritized all students returning to an in-person learning model as evidence and research show that it is imperative that all students return to in-person models to appropriately address academic, social, emotional and mental health needs. The Administrative Team plans to do parent updates and Facebook Live sessions during the next few weeks prior to school opening to answer any questions that individuals may have.
Summer provided educators an opportunity to enhance their teaching craft, reflecting and refining their instructional skills to better educate while also considering how to best move instruction forward, addressing any learning deficits and prioritizing needed curriculum as a result of the past one and a half years of varied instruction through the COVID-19 pandemic. This summer, enhanced professional development was offered; administrators worked continually to plan/prepare for student and staff return to a full in-person learning model with “layered” mitigation strategies to control and limit the transmission of COVID in the school setting. As an example, we will utilize multiple prevention strategies such as monitoring community transmission, utilization of masks, screening, testing, cohorting, handwashing, cleaning and sanitizing, and staying home when sick to prevent the spread of COVID throughout the buildings.
The Administrative Team shares a commitment to look longingly to two years ago, but we also have an obligation to look critically at what wasn’t working as we look to make the future better and brighter for our students. This commitment is shown with each administrator’s programming and/or building-level goals. Administrators and supervisors have reviewed procedures, protocols, safety plan updates, and hired staff throughout the summer to help guide the intended learning for students throughout the upcoming school year. Please know, our overarching theme centers around priority #1- student safety, followed by social/emotional/mental health and academic learning in a safe learning environment for all students and staff. The first day of school for students will be Tuesday, September 7, 2021.
The Board of Education continues to maintain its focus on student and staff safety, academic achievement, character education, family engagement, and student/staff social and emotional well-being. Additionally, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a top priority of the Board of Education the past one and a half years has been ensuring a safe learning environment and a safe school reopening plan which will once again be needed this coming school year.
Our administrative and teacher leadership teams continue to use professional development, various trainings, outside consultants and our Comprehensive District Educational Plan (CDEP) to guide our efforts. The CDEP committee will work with building-level committees to prepare Comprehensive School Education Plans (CSEP). These plans will be implemented in all three buildings, which support the overarching Board and District goals.
Our Buildings and Grounds staff has done an outstanding job preparing for September 2021. Our facilities are in great shape, and all rooms restored for traditional in-person learning. Our Transportation Department is working to update bus routes and provide training with its drivers. Please make certain to complete the blue form in the annual summer mailing and send it to school ASAP so transportation routes can be completed. All families who completed the blue form should be receiving a postcard providing bus route information the week the first week of September.
We wish you a safe, relaxing and enjoyable end of summer with your families! As in the past year, you have our promise to communicate and share information with you as it becomes available. We would like to close by reaffirming the deep commitment of the Board of Education, our administrative team, and entire staff that we will not be outworked or out-planned so we are best prepared for a safe school experience for OUR children and the entire community when we begin the 2021-2022 school year.
Todd A. Crandall
Superintendent of Schools