UPDATES for Monday, March 23, 2020

 
Here's an update from school about what's new and helpful during this unusual time.
 
FOOD AVAILABILITY

Breakfasts and lunches continue be delivered to those who requested it. A few points:
  • Please leave a box, tote, or cooler at the end of your driveway or on your porch where we can put the food. This keeps the delivery safe, and helps staff practice social distancing as required to prevent spread of the coronavirus/COVID-19.
  • Students in town who normally walk to school will also continue to get deliveries. 
  • Please keep your pets contained when deliveries are coming around.
  • Today (Monday, March 23) some students will be receiving extra materials. Please watch for them.
  • The buses will leave around 9 am like they did last week. We will try to announce when they are on their way so you can quickly retrieve your delivery.
  • Do you need to contact us about any of this? Email Mrs. Burpee at [email protected] to make changes, or to be added to the food delivery list. 
  • NEW THIS WEEK: Anyone age 18 and younger who is residing with a family having at least one child enrolled in our district can get food  through TWO drive-up/walk-up sites, either the South Otselic or Georgetown schools, from 9 am  - 11:30 am, Monday-Friday.

 

TESTING/REGENTS


The New York State Education Department has suspended the spring assessments for students in Grades 3-8. Regents exams are still on at this time, but we will let you know if anything changes.


STUDENTS, PLEASE CONNECT!


Students, please log in to Google Classroom and Schoology, and check your school email. We need to see who has digital access. (Parents, please encourage your students to do this.)


WHAT'S NEW ON FACEBOOK?


Families of students in Grades PreK-6, don't miss Ms. Graham's Facebook Group: Otselic Valley Health and Physical Education PreK-6. She provides easy and super-fun activities you can do right at home to stay fit and healthy.  

Students in "The Little Mermaid," our spring musical, can stay connected with Mrs. Neal and each other during this in-between time before (we hope) we eventually continue rehearsals and perform. https://www.facebook.com/Otselic-Valley-Musical-102880414685202/.


HOW ARE THE KIDS, AND YOU?


Because everything is so different right now, children in any grade (and their families) may be feeling anxious and stressed. Keeping up with schoolwork can help keep things feeling more normal and productive at home, but this opportunity for continued learning shouldn't feel like a burden. Teachers will be able to help students who need it when we return to school.


Mrs. Stacie Morse, RN, explains: "This is a very difficult time for many families. While it is hard for adults to handle, please remember your child/children are watching you and listening to you. Children have an innate ability to know when things aren’t right and most likely won’t ask questions. Please watch them for signs of anxiety. Encourage them that they are safe, loved, and not alone."

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