Friday, May 22, 2020
This is Tim Terranova, proud Superintendent of the Victor Central School District. Three quick announcements:
-Please remember the last day of distance learning for all grades, K-12 is Tuesday, June 16th. You will have more specific information of what this looks like from your school's principal. There will be no distance learning this Monday because of the holiday. In addition, pick up of any personal materials will also be coordinated by your building principal over the next few weeks.
-This Wednesday evening's Town Hall will be devoted to the Budget Hearing, where we will discuss the BoE's adopted budget in depth and answer questions from the public. This starts at 6:30 PM. Please also remember that you still have time to register to vote. Please go to the Department of Motor Vehicles website to register. You can still register to vote this weekend as well as next week.
-Finally, we are wishing you a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day is a special holiday that honors the men and women who died while serving in the US Military. We pay respect to these heroes dating back from the start of our country to now who have given their life for our freedom. I know that we will take a moment on Monday to reflect on their sacrifice.
Please stay safe and enjoy the holiday. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.
Tim Terranova, Ed.D.
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- Superintendent's Message - Friday, April 17, 2020
- Superintendent's Message - Tuesday, April 14, 2020
- Superintendent Message - Friday, April 10, 2020
- Important Announcements _ Monday, April 6, 2020 (closing continues/regents)
- Spring Break Update: April 3, 2020
- Instruction Mandate for Spring Break_March 31
- School Closer Update: Friday, March 27th
- Superintendent Announces Virtual Town Hall Meeting_March 23, 2020
- Community COVID-19 UPDATE: Wednesday, March 18th, 2020
- IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: Monday, March 16th, 2020
- ACTUALIZACIÓN IMPORTANTE DE COVID-19: lunes 16 de marzo de 2020
- Community COVID-19 UPDATE: Sunday, March 15th, 2020
- IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: 9PM Saturday, March, 14, 2020
- Saturday, March 14, 2020 COVID-19 Update
- Letter From Dr. Terranova, Superintendent of Schools – March 13, 2020
- Thursday, March 12, 2020 COVID-19 Update
Friday, May 15, 2020
This is Tim Terranova, proud Superintendent of the Victor Central School District. It's been a very busy but productive week for our school district. On Thursday, the Board of Education adopted the 2020-21 School Budget. I want to thank the BoE for their tireless work to collaborate with district office leadership to prepare a budget that we feel is fair to the community while also meeting the needs of our children. The budget does exceed the tax cap, which will require a 60% super-majority to pass. The budget maintains current programming while adding a small number of mandated positions tied to special education and social-emotional health. The budget also protects critically low Savings. Although the District does have significant staffing needs in many areas, this budget does not look to address these issues; it simply looks to maintain current programming while preserving jobs in a community that is hard hit by the economic ramifications of the COVID-19 crisis. Despite the budget increase, Victor Central School District is on track to still have the lowest per pupil expenditure as well as lowest tax rate of any comparable district its size in this area.
Because of the situation with COVID-19, our Budget Vote will be by mail this year. Households that include registered voters will receive ballots between May 27th and May 29th. Ballots must be returned to the District Clerk by 5:00 PM on June 9th to count toward the vote.
All qualified individuals who wish to vote in any voting matter of the District must be registered and be listed on the District’s voter registration at the time of the vote. We encourage all Victor School District residents who are 18 and over to vote. In order to register to vote with the Board of Elections please fill out an application online with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”). Information is available at: https://dmv.ny.gov/…/electronic-voter-registration-applicat….
We encourage all unregistered voters to register by May 22nd in order to be eligible to vote on the school budget. For more information on voter registration you can contact the District Clerk, Maureen Goodberlet at (585) 924-3252 ext. 1402 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please stay safe and continue to communicate with us if you have any questions or concerns.
Tim Terranova, Ed.D.
Friday, May 8, 2020
This is Tim Terranova, proud Superintendent of the Victor Central School District. I hope everyone had a great week.
I want to thank Mr. Siesto, Mr. Gee and Ms. Banaszak for their insightful comments regarding secondary education at our last Town Hall meeting. This coming Wednesday we will be featuring our outstanding elementary principals, Ms. DiAngelo, Ms. Check, and Mr. Schwartz, who will discuss important details tied to our virtual learning as we move through the month of May. We will post a ThoughtExchange prompt this weekend.
I also want to remind everyone that the Board of Education will be adopting the 2020-21 Budget at the Thursday, May 14th Board of Education meeting. We encourage you to watch this meeting virtually. Please go to our website or our Facebook page for details on how to watch the meeting.
Because of the situation with COVID 19, our Budget Vote will be by mail this year. Households that include registered voters will receive ballots between May 27th and May 29th. Ballots must be returned to the District Clerk by 5:00 PM on June 9th to count toward the vote.
All qualified individuals who wish to vote in any voting matter of the District must be registered and be listed on the District’s voter registration at the time of the vote. We encourage all Victor School District residents who are 18 and over to vote. In order to register to vote with the Board of Elections please fill out an application online with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”). Information is available at: https://dmv.ny.gov/more-info/electronic-voter-registration-application. We encourage all unregistered voters to register by May 22nd in order to be eligible to vote on the school budget. For more information on voter registration you can contact the District Clerk, Maureen Goodberlet at (585) 924-3252 ext. 1402 or by email at email@example.com.
Please continue to practice social distancing. Continue to wash your hands on a regular basis and wear a mask when you leave your house and go around people. Take care of your mental and physical health and reach out to someone if you need help.
Tim Terranova, Ed.D.
Friday, May 1, 2020
Today was a tough day. We found out that school buildings will be closed through the end of the school year. We also found out that spring sports are now officially cancelled. These are two major losses for us.
Despite this news, we will persevere. We will get through this together! Here is what I can tell you this afternoon.
- We will continue our distance learning initiative through the end of the school year. The final date for the end of the school year in June still needs to be finalized by the Governor.
- We will work with both staff and students to make sure we have a plan in place to pick up any personal belongings from school. We will have details of this process in the near future.
- No decisions have been made regarding summer programs. The Governor should give us guidance on summer activities in late May or early June.
Grading practices for our students for the fourth quarter as well as for the year will be sent in a separate email. Rest assured, we are doing what we can to minimize the negative effects this pandemic has on their school work. We are also in close communication with our colleges and universities to make sure we are advantaging our high school students with appropriate transcripts moving forward.
We feel terrible for our seniors who have worked so hard during their career in the Victor Central School District. We will make sure to honor them in many ways, including having a graduation. Right now, we are working on three different plans- including holding graduation at the regular time and place in June, which is becoming more unlikely based on this closure. Plan B is to hold graduation on campus toward the end of July. We will finalize a date for this plan in the near future. If we cannot use our facilities in the summer, then plan C is to have a virtual graduation. We will remain flexible with all of these plans as we move forward. Final decisions on the Senior Ball, Senior Day and awards ceremonies will also be made in the near future.
This pandemic has been challenging for all of us. Despite the challenge, I continue to marvel at the amazing acts of kindness from our community members. From food distribution by our dedicated food service and transportation staff (which will continue through the end of the school year), to countless groups of students and staff raising money, having can and bottle drives, and donating food and books, we are so lucky to be in the midst of such a caring community. Thank you to everyone who is making a difference for our children.
We will have another Virtual Town Hall this Wednesday at 6:30 PM. We will have some special guests who will tell us more about how we can approach the next few weeks. Stay healthy.
Tim Terranova, Ed.D.
Friday, April 24, 2020
Good afternoon everyone,
This is Tim Terranova, Superintendent of the Victor Central School District. I hope everyone had a solid week. Just a couple of reminders. We are finalizing decisions on grading for the 3rd Trimester for K-6 and the 4th quarter for the 7-12 level this coming week. You will hear specific information on these decisions next week. In addition, we will have a decision on local finals for the 7-12 level by early next week. Hopefully we will also have more information from the state regarding the extent of our closure.
I greatly appreciate the work our faculty and staff are doing to teach virtually as we move farther into the realm of distance learning. Students and parents, please continue to connect with your teachers if you have any questions and stay virtually connected to your friends and family as we continue to build community.
We appreciate the tremendous participation in the ThoughtExchange on Wednesday regarding our budget. Please continue to offer us feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org. This coming week’s thought exchange will be focused back on our present situation with school building closures. We will have a ThoughtExchange prompt for you to respond to this weekend. We will have future Town Halls focused on the budget.
Thanks again to all of our staff helping our district run smoothly every day. Take care of yourselves and your families and continue to practice social distancing. We are all in this together.
Tim Terranova, Ed.D.
Friday, April 17, 2020
I hope everyone is having a great Friday. I continue to be greatly impressed with the work our community is undertaking to make this the best possible situation for learning under the circumstances. I have heard from countless parents and guardians who appreciate the work our teachers and staff are doing for their kids. It's well deserved. We appreciate all that you are doing as parents/guardians to keep your kids safe, help teach them from home, and continue to take care of your families. We are in this together.
A reminder that school buildings and grounds are closed through May 15th. We will provide distance learning experiences during this time as well as food pick up and delivery where needed. If you have any questions about the food delivery or pick up please email or call us.
In addition, we had our first live, virtual BoE meeting last night. Please go to our website at victorschools.org to see the entire meeting. We also gave a 2020-21 Budget update which is on our website and Facebook page. The Board of Education and I are asking for your feedback about our budget situation. This weekend we are emailing you a link to a ThoughtExchange question. If you are able, please fill out the link and give us feedback on our budget proposal. We will use the information from the ThoughtExchange question to shape the conversation for our next live Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday night, April 22nd at 6:30 PM. Your feedback is critical to this process.
To our students, please stay safe and healthy, both mentally and physically. Don't forget to reach out to someone if you need them- remember, we are all in this together. Continue to practice social distancing, wash your hands, and don't touch your face.
Tim Terranova, Ed.D.
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Dear Parents or Guardians,
As we move through our fifth week of distance learning the Victor Central School District is committed to continuing to partner with you for the benefit of our children. We know balancing your health as well as the health of your family, family responsibilities, work responsibilities and supporting your children’s schooling at home is extremely challenging. Therefore, we wanted to outline our District philosophy regarding distance learning and this partnership. Please know our most important goal is to stay connected with your children as we move through this unique time. With this in mind, the VCSD is focused on three major areas of “distance learning”;
1.) Continuing to build personal relationships between faculty members and students, including maintaining personal connections during this time period with every child.
2.) Teaching essential content to our students, which includes both review and new material.
3.) Obtaining work from students based on the essential content, then giving feedback to students on the progress of this work.
The VCSD Faculty will utilize a variety of distance learning methods to achieve the three areas
of focus. Currently, we are focused on teaching essential content through pre-recorded as well
as on-line videos, interactive experiences such as Google Classroom, and other platforms that support effective communication. The District is promoting these types of instructional practices for large groups of students rather than live video instruction for the following reasons:
a) It allows students to go back and review information multiple times.
b) It gives students and families flexibility to access instruction when it is best for them, potentially minimizing conflicts over home devices.
The District is using live audio/video to promote personal relationships and community building. Tools such as Zoom, Google Hangouts Meet and other platforms are used by our faculty for this purpose. We need your help to ensure these tools are being used appropriately by students and ask that you support the following:
• Parents/guardians should be mindful about the students’ use of video conferencing. These are helpful tools to keep students connected, but please be somewhere near so you can monitor and support your child if necessary.
• Students/parents/guardians should not take photos, screenshots, or record any video, or audio, from these conference sessions. You do not have permissions to do so.
• We may be adding new tools as needed and will remain mindful about data privacy and safety for all.
• Lastly, the same rules of conduct and behavior that apply in the classroom, apply in our new distance learning setting.
Thank you for partnering with us as we navigate this complex time. If you have questions or
concerns about your student’s use of online tools, please contact your child’s principal. Please
Tim Terranova, Ed.D.
Friday, April 10, 2020
I hope all of you are healthy and taking care of each other. Just a few announcements:
A reminder school buildings and grounds are closed through April 29th. When we have further updates we will let you know. Regents exams are cancelled. We have updated information on our website, victorschools.org, which explains the specifics behind this cancellation. In general, no students are negatively impacted by this cancellation as long as students are passing and continue to pass the Regents courses they are currently taking.
We will have a decision on local finals in the very near future as well as decisions on how the 4th quarter will be graded at the secondary level.
I want to thank everyone who participated in our 3rd Virtual Town Hall this past Wednesday. The information we gain from you is incredibly important as we continue to navigate this unique time. We will have another opportunity for you to add your feedback to our ThoughtExchange site for this week and will discuss your thoughts at our regularly scheduled Town Hall this coming Wednesday at 6:30 PM. In addition we will have a virtual Board of Education meeting this Thursday evening starting at 7:15 PM. More details will follow.
As always, thanks to the great people who are making a difference for our kids. Your efforts are greatly appreciated by the Victor School community. Happy Passover as well as Happy Easter to all those celebrating these holidays. Make sure to practice social distancing, wash your hands and don’t touch your face. Most importantly, please take care of yourselves, both physically and mentally. Please know that you are not alone. The Victor/Farmington community is special and takes care of one another. Reach out to someone if you need support.
Monday, April 6, 2020
We have two important announcements from New York State today.
- School buildings and grounds will be closed through April 29th as per the directive of the Governor. Distance learning, food distribution, and daycare for health workers will continue to be provided during this time.
- Regents Exams have been cancelled for this year. Detailed guidance on what schools will need to do regarding graduation requirements is supposed to be issued by the NYS Education Department late tomorrow.
Please remember to practice social distancing and please do not congregate on the VCSD grounds. The grounds continue to be closed.
We will have more information on graduation requirements and the impact of the cancellation of the Regents exams when we hear specifics from the state. We will also discuss any updated information during the Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, April 8th starting at 6:30 pm.
April 3, 2020
Hello Students and Victor parents/guardians. This is Tim Terranova, Superintendent of Victor Central School District. Hope you have had a solid week of learning different things and spending time with your family while we deal with this unique situation across our world.
Reminder to our students that based on our Governor’s directive, we will have distance learning activities set up for next week, which was spring break. We will also have food pick up as well as deliveries on Monday and Wednesday from 12-1 as is typical. We are closed through April 14th and probably longer. I will let you know if we hear anything specific on closings.
I want to thank all of our helpers out there who are either coming to school to keep our district running or helping from a safe distance in so many ways I can’t even count. Remember what makes Victor School District special are the people. It’s our community that fights off isolation in these challenging times.
Students, make sure you are a part of this community. Keep a routine, set goals for the day, call or connect via social media with a friend or loved one who could use some encouragement. Take care of your mental health. Reach out to someone if you are feeling stressed, isolated or need some support. We are all in this together. Also, stay physically active but do it safely- at least 6 feet apart. Wash hands and don’t touch your face.
We will update you next week if we have any new information. We will also continue with our weekly Facebook Live town hall this coming Wednesday. Have a great weekend, listen to your elders, and stay safe. Take care.
March 31, 2020
Late yesterday afternoon Governor Cuomo issued the following directive:
"Districts must continue to provide remote instruction for students, meals for students, and child care every weekday between April 1, 2020 and April 14, 2020, even if the district is scheduled to be on spring break during that time."
As a result of this order, the Victor Central School District will continue to provide remote instruction for students, as well as meals for students in need, all next week, during what was considered spring break. Our focus for your children will continue to be a) maintaining connections between our staff and our children and b) continuing to provide classwork, primarily review work.
As of now, the Governor’s current order states that schools will be closed through April 14th. Our staff is continuing to plan for distance learning and meal delivery for April 14th and beyond in the likely event that the Governor decides to close school buildings for a longer period of time. If distance learning occurs after April 14th, it will include more of an emphasis on “new” learning than is currently in place. Our principals are working closely with teachers and the Office of Instruction to support this potential shift.
Thank you for your continued support and your patience during this unprecedented time. I will have more information on these topics as well as an update on grading practices and other areas of focus during the Live Town Hall Meeting tomorrow night starting at 6:30 pm on the VCSD Facebook page.
March 27, 2020
The latest Governor's Executive Order, which was just issued today, closes school until 4/15/2020. As you know, when the Victor Central School District announced our building closures, we planned for a possible return of 4/14/20. This date has now been replaced by 4/15/20. Given the uncertainty of this situation, we do not know if this timeline will be extended. I will continue to inform you of any updates.
Tim Terranova, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
March 23, 2020
As we navigate this unprecedented public health crisis, I hope that everyone is staying safe and managing this unique time as best as they can. Practicing social distancing can be extremely difficult. As a husband and a father of two teenagers, I am challenged by not only the lack of social contact but also my concern for the welfare of my family, loved ones, friends, and, of course, our children and staff in the Victor school community.
One way to combat feelings of concern and uncertainty is through community participation in a worthwhile event that emphasizes communication and dialogue. This week, I am inviting you all to participate in a Virtual Town Hall meeting with me on Wednesday, March 25th from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. As your Superintendent, I value community input. This input is vital as we continue to work together to support our children.
Starting today, we would love your feedback on the following question:
During this extended school closure, what can the Victor Central School District do to best support you and your family as a member of our school community?
We have set up a link to a social media platform called ThoughtExchange, which will save your responses to this question and make sure we save this input for our Town Hall meeting on Wednesday. The link is below:
Please click on this link and follow the directions to share your thoughts. Your important feedback will be saved to the site. We will keep the link open until Wednesday afternoon. I will then answer questions and discuss comments from the ThoughtExchange site during the live Town Hall Meeting. The goal will be to listen to the community so that we can build on the many strengths of our school district to offer even better ways to support your children.
I will continue to update you on this event as we move closer to Wednesday. Please let us know if you have any additional questions or concerns.
Tim Terranova, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
March 18th, 2020
Thanks so much for your unbelievable adaptability in the face of this unprecedented situation involving the Coronavirus. I most appreciate the calm way you and your children went about collecting supplies from school on Monday and Tuesday and the kindness you showed staff members who were helping facilitate the process. Moving forward, our top priority is to provide continued transparent communication to you regarding your children's education, and make sure you maintain as strong a connection to your children's teachers as possible during this time.
The following is a brief update/overview of where are at this point in time:
- On Tuesday evening, 3/17, we closed down all of our buildings. Our outstanding maintenance crew will deep clean each of them, from top to bottom, from Wednesday, 3/18, to Friday, 3/20. This means NO staff or community members are allowed in buildings from Wednesday, 3/18, through Sunday night, 3/22. The plan is to deep clean all of our buildings, then keep the vast majority of the rooms locked throughout the closure period. We will then clean the small number of rooms used during the shutdown on a regular basis. Please do not attempt to enter buildings during this time.
- Beginning on Monday, 3/23, only Essential Personnel (staff members who cannot do their job remotely and their job is paramount to keeping the District running while it is closed) will be working on campus. Each of our principals and directors have prioritized this list. No students or community members are allowed in the buildings for safety reasons. We need to limit the number of people entering our buildings so we limit the chances of spreading the virus. The vast majority of staff will work from home.
- On Tuesday, 3/17, Distance Learning started for all of your children. Our teachers are poised to give your children consistent communication regarding all assignments. You should also have consistent ways to communicate with your child's teachers if you have questions and/or concerns. Teachers and administrators have done an impressive job creating assignments and working to build communication structures that allow for children, teachers, and parents to interact. While this type of instruction cannot replace a face-to-face education, we are working very hard at supporting your child’s learning as best as we can during the closure.
- Based on the fluidity of this situation, we have created a designated space on our Website dedicated to Coronavirus updates: https://www.victorschools.org/parents/health-information/covid-19-coronavirus-update
Here, you will see updates on our distance learning approaches, meal distribution process, a Frequently Asked Questions page, and the archived updates that I have written to the community from the past two weeks. We expect to have more space devoted to special education and enrolling new students to the district in the near future.
Communication will continue to be key, not only to support our school district running as best as we can during this challenging time, but also to counter the negative impact of the isolation and uncertainty we are all currently facing. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding ANY of our communications, please feel free to email me directly or contact your child’s principal. We appreciate the feedback. In the future, I will be attempting to set up virtual town halls where community members can give me live feedback on the District’s approach to this unforeseen situation, and ways to possibly improve these approaches.
Thanks again for your continued collaboration and incredible commitment to our children. On behalf of all VCS staff, we cannot wait to have them back with us in our classrooms, lunchrooms, gymnasiums and outside facilities! Please stay safe and let me know if you have any questions.
Tim Terranova, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
As you know the situation in front of us changes by the moment. Based on the fact that a resident of the town of Victor has tested positive for the Coronavirus, we are cancelling the half day for students tomorrow (Tuesday). No students should report to school. As mentioned, we hope to be back in session April 14th but this will depend on approval by our County. Our talented staff is working today to finalize plans for distance learning and other critical items necessary for the business of the district to continue to operate. Tomorrow, only essential staff will report. As of Wednesday, March 18th the school buildings will be closed to the public. The following are important items that we need to clarify:
PICKING UP SCHOOL/INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPLIES
We are adjusting the times for parents and students to pick up instructional materials from school. Because of this and the need for social distancing, we are staggering the pickup times based on alphabetical order. Please try to accommodate this schedule as we do not want large groups of people congregating in one area today or tomorrow.
Today (Monday March 16th)- Primary, Intermediate, Junior High, and High School (ECS does not have any instructional materials for parents to pick up)
-Last Names A through H – 3:00 to 4:30 PM
-Last Names I through P – 4:30 to 6:00 PM
-Last Names Q through Z – 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Tuesday March 17th
8:00 to 3:00 PM (individuals who could not pick up materials on Monday)
Please do not come on campus to pick up personal items that are not absolutely necessary. We will continue to hold shirts, shorts, and other non-essential items until your children return.
Tomorrow (Tuesday), we will have meal distribution at the parent drop off location at the Primary School. This will be for Tuesday’s lunch and Wednesday’s breakfast. Then, starting on Wednesday, we will have three distribution sites: Mertensia Park, Finger Lakes Race Track (changed from Fire Station No 2 on Hook Road), and the serving line at the Primary school for breakfast/lunch service during the days we are out of school. Any student qualifies to receive these food items. The parents and/or students can come in and receive their lunch for that day and their breakfast for the next day. Hours of Operation will be from 12 to 1 p.m. for all sites. If you are unable to pick up the meals from the distribution sites please call your child’s principal as soon as possible.
Teachers and administrators have done a great job working to create learning opportunities for your children. Because we are not having any students on campus, your child’s teacher/s will communicate with your children via distance learning starting this week. You should have a clear idea of what your child’s expectations are for distance learning by the end of the week. We will also send you an overview of staff responsibilities during the school closure so you are aware and have the ability to communicate with staff throughout the closure. We cannot duplicate classroom instruction. However, we can support their learning as best we can.
As I said, parameters are constantly changing. Please know that with social media and remote learning we will be able to work together on a consistent basis to support the needs of your children. I know this is an extremely difficult time for families. We will continue to partner with you as we deal with this situation.
Please email me or call with any questions.
Update on picking up supplies- many students already have all of their instructional materials since most of the teaching will be through distance learning. If you already have materials, then you do not have to go to school. If you need a textbook in your locker, a musical instrument to practice, or have a packet from your teacher to pick up, then you would go to your child's school either today or tomorrow. Please go to the main office to collect the materials.
Hola a todos,
Como saben, la situación frente a nosotros cambia por el momento. Basado en el hecho de que un residente de la ciudad de Víctor ha dado positivo por el Coronavirus, cancelaremos el medio día para estudiantes mañana (martes). Ningún estudiante debe reportarse a la escuela. Como se mencionó, esperamos volver a la sesión el 14 de abril, pero esto dependerá de la aprobación de nuestro Condado. Nuestro talentoso personal está trabajando hoy para finalizar los planes de aprendizaje a distancia y otros elementos críticos necesarios para que el negocio del distrito continúe operando. Mañana, solo el personal esencial informará. A partir del miércoles 18 de marzo, los edificios escolares estarán cerrados al público. Los siguientes son elementos importantes que debemos aclarar:
RECOGIDA DE LA ESCUELA / MATERIAL INSTRUCCIONAL
Estamos ajustando los horarios para que padres y estudiantes recojan materiales de instrucción de la escuela. Debido a esto y la necesidad de distanciamiento social, estamos escalonando los tiempos de recolección basados en el orden alfabético. Intente adaptar este horario ya que no queremos grandes grupos de personas que se congreguen en un área hoy o mañana.
Hoy (lunes 16 de marzo) - Primaria, intermedia, secundaria y preparatoria (ECS no tiene ningún material de instrucción para que los padres lo recojan)
- Últimos nombres de A a H - 3:00 a 4:30 PM
-Últimos nombres I a P - 4:30 a 6:00 PM
-Últimos nombres de Q a Z - 6:30 a 8:00 PM
Martes 17 de marzo
8:00 a 3:00 PM (personas que no pudieron recoger materiales el lunes)
Por favor no venga al campus para recoger artículos personales que no sean absolutamente necesarios. Continuaremos sosteniendo camisas, pantalones cortos y otros artículos no esenciales hasta que sus hijos regresen.
RECOGIDA DE ALMUERZO
Mañana (martes), tendremos una distribución de comida en el lugar de entrega para padres en la Escuela Primaria. Será para el almuerzo del martes y el desayuno del miércoles. Luego, a partir del miércoles, tendremos tres sitios de distribución: Mertensia Park, la estación de bomberos n. ° 2 en Hook Road y la línea de servicio en la escuela primaria para el servicio de desayuno / almuerzo durante los días que estamos fuera de la escuela. Cualquier estudiante califica para recibir estos alimentos. Los padres y / o estudiantes pueden venir y recibir su almuerzo para ese día y su desayuno para el día siguiente. El horario de atención será de 12 a 1 p.m. para todos los sitios Si no puede recoger las comidas de los sitios de distribución, llame al director de su hijo lo antes posible.
LA EDUCACIÓN A DISTANCIA
Los maestros y administradores han hecho un gran trabajo trabajando para crear oportunidades de aprendizaje para sus hijos. Debido a que no tenemos estudiantes en el campus, los maestros de su hijo se comunicarán con sus hijos a través del aprendizaje a distancia a partir de esta semana. Debe tener una idea clara de cuáles son las expectativas de su hijo para el aprendizaje a distancia al final de la semana. También le enviaremos una descripción general de las responsabilidades del personal durante el cierre de la escuela para que esté al tanto y tenga la capacidad de comunicarse con el personal durante todo el cierre. No podemos duplicar la instrucción en el aula. Sin embargo, podemos apoyar su aprendizaje lo mejor que podamos.
Como dije, los parámetros cambian constantemente. Tenga en cuenta que con las redes sociales y el aprendizaje remoto podremos trabajar juntos de manera consistente para satisfacer las necesidades de sus hijos. Sé que este es un momento extremadamente difícil para las familias. Continuaremos asociándonos con usted mientras lidiamos con esta situación.
Por favor envíeme un correo electrónico o llame con cualquier pregunta.
Actualización sobre la recogida de suministros: muchos estudiantes ya tienen todos sus materiales de instrucción, ya que la mayoría de la enseñanza se realizará a través del aprendizaje a distancia. Si ya tiene materiales, entonces no tiene que ir a la escuela. Si necesita un libro de texto en su casillero, un instrumento musical para practicar, o tiene un paquete de su maestro para recoger, entonces iría a la escuela de su hijo hoy o mañana. Vaya a la oficina principal para recoger los materiales.
There is no school for students on Monday but all staff will report. Staff will work on finalizing plans for remote learning opportunities. We are having a half day for all K-12 students on Tuesday, March 17th. There is no school for Pre-school age children on this day. We will have the normal pick up time from your homes in the morning. Grades 7-12 students will then be dismissed at 11:00 on Tuesday. The Early Childhood School will be dismissed at 11:50 while the Primary and Intermediate Schools will be dismissed at 12:00. We are asking parents not to change bus routes for Tuesday. Please have your child ride home on their regular bus. Adjusting routes to different locations will be extremely difficult for a half day schedule.
We are also opening the buildings for students and parents/guardians on Monday and Tuesday evening from 6-8 PM in case you need to pick up materials, or have any questions for the principal. Not every family has the ability to come in to school in the evening to pick up needed supplies and we know many students need more details from specific teachers about how to learn remotely, which is why we are having students report on Tuesday for the half day. Our public health director continues to say we are a low risk area at this time because we do not have any confirmed cases in Victor. However, if this changes, we will update our plan. Any child absent on Tuesday for medical reasons or concern over the virus will be marked excused, as long as they have a note from their parent.
School will be closed starting Wednesday, March 18th. Teachers and administrators are working very hard on creating plans for learning opportunities that will effectively support your child’s academic progress when they are not in school. Teachers will share their plans with your children on Tuesday. As mentioned before, we cannot duplicate classroom instruction. However, we can support their learning as best we can. You will be a strong partner in this education. Please continue to communicate with your child’s teacher/s during this time period.
All interscholastic athletics as well as extracurricular activities are postponed as of this past Saturday until after April break. We will receive guidance from proper authorities regarding next steps after the break.
Students who need lunch and/or breakfast can pick up their lunch as well as the next day’s breakfast at the end of the half day on Tuesday. In addition, we are setting up three distribution sites: Mertensia Park, Fire Station No 2 on Hook Road, and the serving line at the Primary school for breakfast/lunch service during the days we are out of school. Any student qualifies to receive these food items. The parents and/or students can come in and receive their lunch for that day and their breakfast for the next day. Hours of Operation will be from 12 to 1 p.m. for all sites.
Please remember that schools are closed until April 14th. The County will then re-evaluate our situation to determine if we can open at this time. Please go to our website, www.victorschools.org for more details and information.
I know this is an extremely difficult time for families. Please know we are here for you and your children. We will continue to work with you as a partner in your child’s education. We look forward to the time in the near future where your children will be back at school learning from our incredible staff.
Tim Terranova, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Message from the Superintendent
Under the direction of the Ontario County Department of Health, along with regional agencies and state officials, the Ontario County School Districts, including the Victor Central School District, have unanimously decided to close all schools and cancel all school-related activities (including athletics and extracurricular activities) beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020 (through April Break) as a mitigating and precautionary measure for COVID-19 (coronavirus). We will utilize the Ontario Health Department’s guidance regarding our ability to resume normal school activities after April break.
Staff is asked to report on Monday (March 16th) to continue to prepare for the extended absence of students. We are having students attend on Tuesday (March 17th) for a half day (AM) in order to meet one more time with teachers, pick up materials, and allow for any medication to be distributed. We are also going to have Monday and Tuesday evening (6-8 PM) available for parents to pick up materials from school. School will then be closed for everyone except essential personnel as designated by the Superintendent starting on Wednesday March 18th.
At this time, it is very important to note we are not aware of any confirmed cases of COVID-19 related to anyone associated with the Victor Central School District. If something changes we will adjust the schedule for Monday and Tuesday.
I want to assure you that the health and safety of our school community continues to be a top priority. Our administration and staff will work collaboratively with you to support our children as best we can during this extended absence. We will communicate further updates as they become available.
Tim Terranova, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
The Victor School District is cancelling all outside group activities including events that occur in the Aquatics Center until further notice. This includes off-season training for athletics.
In addition, Superintendent Terranova is meeting with the Ontario Health Department and Ontario County Superintendents tomorrow to discuss the situation in light of recent events in neighboring counties. He will have an update to the community later in the weekend.
Letter from Dr. Terranova,
Superintendent of Schools.
COVID-19 Update, March 13, 2020
Thank you for everyone’s patience as we work through the Coronavirus situation and its implications.
As of this afternoon, schools are still open for Monday. I attended a Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES Superintendent’s conference on the implications of the virus and also consulted with Monroe County Superintendents. Our district will remain open unless the Ontario County Health Department or state or national leaders decide our district should close. We are in constant contact with these organizations. If anything changes with this situation we will update you.
Because today was a conference day, our teachers and staff were able to focus on contingency plans in case school is closed for an extended time. I applaud the teachers and staff for their work today. If we do need to close for an extended time we are ready to implement a plan that would support, to some extent, your children’s education. We will not be able to duplicate the same level of instruction that occurs in school.
If nothing changes and students come back to school on Monday we will reinforce proper hygiene as well as implement increased cleaning practices, including giving teachers disinfectant spray to use in their rooms and utilize regulations that allow bleach to be used in certain areas like bathrooms.
We are currently cancelling any overnight trips through April break. As I’ve said before, we are working with administrators and travel agents to do whatever we can to recoup money for the children impacted.
Athletic practices are occurring as planned. We are working closely with Section V regarding scrimmages, games, and meets and whether they will occur. We will have information as soon as it’s available.
We are cancelling the vast majority of events run by outside organizations for safety reasons. Please communicate with the advisor or person in charge of the event if you need more information. The SAT Test Prep session will go on as scheduled this weekend.
We continue to look at websites that may be helpful. The sites listed below were recommended by the WFL BOCES. Thanks again for all you do for our children and their well-being. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Tim Terranova, Ed.D.
Letter from Dr. Terranova, Superintendent of Schools.
Cancellations as of March 12, 2020.
We need to update you on some important decisions that were made today. Based on continued recommendations from our local, state and national leaders as well as the Health Director from Monroe County recommending not to have large gatherings of people, we are cancelling several events.
1. The District Orchestra Concert scheduled for tonight in the auditorium has been cancelled due to the increased concern about large groups of people gathering in one location. We are anticipating having students perform their program at their school next week while we videotape the performances. We will then send the video performance to parents, guardians and staff.
2. We are cancelling the Cheerleading trip to Florida slated for next week as well as the senior trip to NY City scheduled for later in the month. We will monitor closely any overnight trips within the US that are scheduled for later in April and May that have not yet been cancelled. We are working with travel agents to do whatever we can to support refunds for our students and families. We will also work to do something special for our seniors who will be greatly disappointed about the cancellation of the NY trip.
We will continue to update you on developments as they unfold. Our staff is working closely with District Office leadership to plan for any possible extended closures so that we support student learning as best we can during this time. As always, please email me or call if you have any questions.
Tim Terranova, Ed.D.