6/26/2020 Updates

Good Afternoon HCS Community,

Happy Summer! I hope this note finds you all well and enjoying the beautiful blue skies and sun we are experiencing.  I am reaching out today to share a few updates with you.

Heartfelt gratitude to the HCS community for supporting students, learning and our district!  

HCS 2020-21 Budget Results:
888 yes
419 no
Election (2 seats available)
Jessica Green 966
Sandy Hubble 725
Alyson Kaufman 721
Jeffery Moore 1 write-in
James Meys 1 write-in
Jeff Thompson 1 write-in

Incumbents, Jessica Green and Sandy Hubble, have secured their seats for three year terms, beginning July 1, 2020.  

Reopening of Schools and Task Force Meetings
Per Governor Cuomo, the Finger Lakes region has shifted into Phase Four of reopening today.  As you may recall, originally PreK-12 school districts were included in the list of businesses / operations which were slated for reopening in Phase 4. This is, however, not the case.  School districts continue to await guidance from the state surrounding parameters for reopening in the Fall. 

The New York State Education Department has assembled a School Reopening Task Force to help drive discussions and guidance surrounding the reopening of schools – whether in person, remotely, or some combination of the two.  There were four Task Force meetings scheduled in June which consisted of parents, teachers, school and district leaders, non-instructional staff, school board members, health experts and other interested parties from across New York State. 

It is anticipated that since the Task Force meetings have been completed we will soon receive the long awaited guidance surrounding reopening in the fall.  While HCS leadership is already brainstorming the logistics around reopening, HCS will begin formal development of our district’s reopening plan immediately upon receipt of guidance from New York State.  This information will be communicated with our community as soon as feasible.

Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremony
Mrs. Klaehn met with the Class of 2020 students and families on June 11 to finalize plans for the 2020 Commencement Ceremony.  As a result of her meeting with students and families and the Class of 2020 Task Force, the Honeoye Central School District plans to move forward with the following plans for graduation:

  • Our Graduation celebration will occur this evening, June 26, as originally scheduled, and take place on the soccer field. Per Executive Order, we are permitted a total of 150 individuals in attendance. Regrettably, this restricts our ability to welcome any of our HCS community members to attend and / or be onsite during the ceremony. 
  • Each graduate has been afforded the opportunity to invite three (3) guests to the Commencement Ceremony. 
  • The remaining count (to 150) will include a small number of administration, faculty members, and the Board of Education president, Keith Stumbo.
  • To offer the community an opportunity to share in this incredible celebration of our Class of 2020 Seniors, the Honeoye Central School District will live stream graduation beginning at 7:00 on Facebook.  Simply access your Facebook account and follow HCSD Honeoye Central School District.

Coming Soon… Parent Voice Survey
To learn more about the experiences that families have had during the extended closure due to COVID-19, HCS has partnered with other Ontario County districts to develop a brief survey for parents and guardians in our community.  A few schools in the region will be sharing the same survey in the upcoming weeks, and we are hopeful that it will help us to support student and family needs as we plan for reopening in the fall.
Note: Completion of the survey will be completely voluntary as well as anonymous. No one will know how individual families responded to any of the questions.  Completion of the survey should take less than 10 minutes.
Summer Meals Information
The HCS Food Service is proud to announce that we will continue to provide “Grab-&-Go” breakfast and lunch meals throughout the summer for school-aged children living within the Honeoye Central School District. Our summer meal service will begin Monday, June 29th and will continue through Friday, August 28th.

Breakfast and lunch meals will be available for pick up on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10:00 - 12:00.  As has been the case with our “Covid-Closure” meal service this spring, families will receive two days-worth of meals on Mondays and Wednesdays and one day of meals on Fridays. (Please note that next week we will serve meals on Monday, June 29th, Wednesday, July 1st and Thursday, July 2nd and will NOT serve meals on Friday, July 3rd due to observance of the 4th of July holiday.)

“Curb-side” pick up will be located at the district lobby entrance for the weeks of June 29th and July 6th.  We are hopeful that meal service will move back up to the cafeteria and the front bus loop following the completion of capital project site work in early-July.

If your children have already been receiving meals this spring, you do NOT need to sign up for summer meal service.  *However, if you have NOT been receiving meals for your children this spring but would like to for the summer, please follow the link below and fill out this brief GoogleForm https://forms.gle/za3Yk9tpXQURcr7x8 to help us prepare to serve those interested.  Once you’ve filled out the form, just show up on the scheduled days! If you have any questions regarding the meals or the pick-up process not answered within this communication, please email Meals@honeoye.org and a staff member will respond to your question.

Families seeking additional nutritional support during summer months may like to access the following resources:

Community Resource Info: Food Link
A partnership of Canandaigua Churches in Action, the City of Geneva, Ontario County, Wellspring Food Distribution Center, the United Way and Foodlink is able to supply Ontario County households with food during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Each participating household will receive three boxes of groceries containing dairy, cooked meat and produce: Milk, yogurt, cheese, chicken, ham, sausage, carrots, apples, etc.  The summer schedule is as follows:

  • Geneva - Mondays June 29th, July 20th, August 10th & August 31st  2:00 – 5:00 pm
    • Geneva Enterprise Development Center (GEDC) 122 N. Genesee St. Geneva NY 14456
    • Pre-registration required - call 585-396-4522
    • Call 585-396-4522 for Geneva Drive Thru
    • Leave your first and last name, phone number & the number of adults and children in your household.
  • Canandaigua – Mondays July 6th, July 27th   & August 17th  12:00 -3:00 pm
    • Zion Fellowship 5188 Bristol Rd, Canandaigua, NY 14424
    • Pre-registration required - call 585-396-4596
    • Call 585-396-4596 for the Canandaigua Drive-Thru
    • Leave your first and last name, phone number & the number of adults and children in your household.
  • Clifton Springs - Monday June 22nd, July 13h, August 3rd & August 24th  5:30 – 7:30 pm
    • Wellspring Food Distribution Center 22 Teft Ave, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
    • No Pre-Registration required - first come first serve
  • All sites offer a drive-thru model; stay in the car and put a piece of paper with your first and last name in the car window facing out for volunteers to see.
  • Please have the trunk cleaned out so the boxes of food can be put into it.  Once your trunk is closed and tapped, you may drive away. This will be a no-touch distribution and proper social distancing must be maintained at all times.

Community Resource Info:  Finger Lakes Area Counseling and Recovery Agency
FLACRA is open and will continue offering uninterrupted treatment and recovery services. In addition to in-person services, we are also using telehealth and telephonic services to serve clients, families and the community.  As shared by FLACRA: “Yates and Ontario counties are medically underserved. This rural area also has a very small number of behavioral health providers, high poverty rates, homelessness and a limited public transportation system. Therefore, by providing this evidence based, integrated mental health and substance use interventions for treatment and case management services, FLACRA can improve client retention and health outcomes. Our Peer support services for individuals and their families will be a conduit to help streamline service deliveries for these vulnerable populations.  As we implement this innovative program, our leadership team will continue to work with our government and health and community partners to be a resource to the residents in our communities at-large. We thank you for your support as we work together to serve our community. Please contact us with any questions or concerns. For up-to-date news, please visit flacra.org
Thank you for your continued support of our students, faculty and staff.  We look forward to continued partnership with the HCS community.
Warmest regards to you and yours,
Bridget Ashton

Elizabeth Bridget Ashton
Superintendent, Honeoye Central School District
8528 Main Street
Honeoye, New York 14471
On Twitter: @EBridgetAshton