Updated coronavirus information

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School Closure

With the governor’s latest order, schools will be out of session until at least March 31st, with the possibility of that date being extended. To mitigate the transmission of the coronavirus COVID-19, the facilities and grounds, including playgrounds and athletic fields, are closed other than for official purposes.  We recognize that this extraordinary situation presents an array of difficulties and hardships for our students, employees and families. We are committed to doing everything we can to meet needs and support the community at this time.

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Academic Resources

Jr/Sr HS:

Teachers have prepared assignments for all 7-12 students while school is closed. Students can access their lessons on the internet, email and web page.

Students without internet access may call the school to arrange pick up of paper copies. Please call or email Mr. Ted Kawryga, Interim Principal, at 518-568-2011 for any questions or concerns.

Elementary:

Teachers have prepared assignments for students in PK-6 while school is closed. Packets are ready to be picked up at the elementary school on Wednesday, March 18th, from 8am to 3pm. Please call the school at 518-568-2014 if you are unable to pick up your children’s packets.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to teachers by email and they will be able to respond to families directly. We understand that families are still working out their own daily schedules during this time. Teachers understand and will work with each of you to support your child’s learning at home. You can find your teachers email address by using the district’s search directory at https://www.oesj.org/contact-us/

Online resources for PreK-6.

Spectrum offering free high-speed internet

Spectrum is offering free high-speed internet service and Wi-Fi to households with students.  Families can call 844-488-8395 to enroll.  Installation fees will be waived for new student households.  After 60 days, you will either need to cancel the service or be charged.

WMHT public television on-air and online educational programming

Starting Monday, March 23, our local PBS station, WMHT Public Media, is offering an educational programming block targeted to support in-home learning for students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12 while area schools are closed. Check it out here.

Food Availability

Beginning on Wednesday, March 18th, the OESJ CSD will be providing breakfast and lunch to any students who wish to receive one.

These meals will be available at both the Jr./Sr. High School and the Elementary School between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and they can be picked up by the student, a parent, or family member.

The meals will be picked up in the cafeteria in both buildings, using the rear entrance by the girl’s locker room and cafeteria at the Jr./Sr. High School and the front main entrance at the Elementary School. The breakfast will include an entrée (bagel, muffin, cereal), fruit and a juice and the lunch will include an entrée (sandwich), fruit, carrots, and milk.

If you are not able to pick up the lunches at the school, please contact your building principal so arrangements can be made.

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Childcare Assistance for Fire Responders

In accordance with state guidance, OESJ CSD is making plans with community partners to provide childcare for essential healthcare workers and first responders identified by the state. These workers have been identified by the state as physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, LPNs, nurse assistants, laboratory personnel, paramedics, EMTs, police officers, and employed firefighters.

If you hold one of these occupations and you need childcare services, please complete the following survey.

Here is the survey link.

If you have questions, please contact Adam Heroth, Assistant Superintendent at 518-568-2011 ext. 5282 or adam.heroth@oesj.org.

If you are a parent or caregiver who needs child care, please complete this parent need for child care survey. Based on the information you provide about your job, employer, number of children, and financial need, OCFS may be able to help you find the child program you need. It may be a challenge to find child care due to COVID-19 related program closures, however the staff at OCFS are trying their best to support families to find the high quality child care that they need. In addition, the OCFS website has several resources available https://ocfs.ny.gov/programs/childcare/

Coronavirus resources

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In addition, New York has established a Novel Coronavirus Hotline, which can provide additional information. Call 1-888-364-3065 with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms.

Feeling overwhelmed about COVID-19?

Help is waiting for you.

NEW YORK STATE COVID-19 EMOTIONAL SUPPORT HELPLINE:

1-844-863-9314

8 AM – 10 PM, 7 days a week

Read more from the NYS Department of Health.

A good review of “social distancing.”

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Superintendent’s Letters – Learning Continues Through the Spring Break

April  3, 2020

Dear OESJ CSD Families and Staff,

As many are aware, Governor Cuomo,  on Mach 27,  2020, issued  an executive order  which kept schools closed until April 15. Unless the school closure is extended , we will return to school on Wednesday April 15. Throughout this time, all school districts are required to provide continuity of instruction  every weekday,  including days in the previously scheduled  spring  break (April 10-17).

In addition , the governor also issued an executive order on March 30, 2020 delaying school budget votes and board of education elections until AT LEAST June 1, 2020 and is subject to further directives as to the timing, location or maimer of  voting for such elections.  This  will also  effect the school district’s  regular  budget timelines and  notifications.   The various directions and executive orders continue to raise questions and concerns and  hopefully they  will provide some sort  of roadmap on how we all proceed.

We recognize that this is a stressful and challenging situation and that you are managing many personal and professional responsibilities. Remember that these are truly unprecedented times we are living in.

We are grateful for your continued coope ration and dedication to our student s and your children.

We will continue to monitor  the guidance and directives from various state and  local agencies.

As conditions change, information will be disseminated through our web page and other available means.

Thank you for all your continued patience, understanding and support. We will get through this together.

Sincerely,

Dr. Joseph L. Natale
Interim Superintendent

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