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Elizabeth Bridget Ashton 
Superintendent of Schools
 
 
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Jennifer Greene 
Secretary to
Superintendent of Schools

 

Dear Honeoye Central School District Community,

 
Stating "we must protect our children," Cuomo announced in his press release on May 1 that schools would remain closed through the remainder of the school year and that distance learning will continue. Decisions surrounding the feasibility of offering summer school will be made by the end of May. Governor Cuomo also shared today that no decision surrounding fall 2020 has been made, as "it is a long ways away." While this is certainly not how we would have have liked to wrap up the school year, we recognize and appreciate the safety of our students and all HCS faculty and staff is paramount. Since closing, HCS has planned for three distinct phases of operation:
  • Phase 1 - Continuity of Learning and 2019-20 EoY Functions
  • Phase 2 - Summer School and ESY Programming
    • Prior to any reopening, school districts are being directed to create reopening plans that take into account instruction, extracurricular activities, student safety, and transportation that follow protocols already put in place by the state - hand cleaning, sanitizing, masking, and social distancing. School districts will be directed to monitor the spread of the virus within their schools, which may include temp reads.
  • Phase 3 - Launching the 2020-21 School Year
    • Prior to any reopening, school districts are being directed to create reopening plans that take into account instruction, extracurricular activities, student safety, and transportation that follow protocols already put in place by the state - hand cleaning, sanitizing, masking, and social distancing. School districts will be directed to monitor the spread of the virus within their schools, which may include temp reads.
As always, we will share updates with staff, students, and families surrounding each distinct phase of planning as they become available. In the meantime, thank you in advance for your support and patience.

During the extended closing due to COVID-19, the below plans for Continuity of Instruction, Continuity of Meals and Continuity of Access to Child Care apply. 
 
Honeoye Central School District ~ Continuity of Learning Plan
All districts across the state are providing continuity of instruction throughout the extended closing due to COVID-19. Initially, HCS approached this task from the lens of providing relevant, spiral review and skill development of standards and concepts previously taught. Effective 4/15, we shifted to the delivery of universal, first instruction of new content spanning all courses and all grade levels. As such, students and families experience two waves of instructional approach:
  • WAVE 1 - CONTINUITY of INSTRUCTION: Spiral Review and Skill Development of Previously Taught Concepts / Standards through April 14. NOTE: Spiral review and reinforcement of skill development will be a continued emphasis throughout the remainder of the extended closing.
  • WAVE 2 - CONTINUITY of INSTRUCTION: Delivery of first instruction commencing on or around 4/15.
To frame our approach surrounding the HCS continuity of learning and distance learning plan, it is important to note that HCS has diligently strived to construct and execute a student centric model. We want ALL of our students to be successful, PERIOD. Factoring in SED guidance, it is important to HCS that students are held harmless for the unfortunate extended school closing due to COVID-19. What this means is that while our students may likely see pass / fail / incomplete grades on their report card this year, HCS wants to ensure that students have had the opportunity to access instruction and to demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes for units of study completed.
  • Our Continuity of Instruction Articulation document was developed to provide students and families a clear and concise understanding about how distance learning would be implemented PreK-12, via Google Classroom.
  • Our Distance Learning Rubric was developed to ensure that students and families had a clear and concise understanding about what measures would be utilized to determine a passing, failing or incomplete grade in the event of an extended closing through the remainder of the school year.
  • The district recently posted articulation documents which outline anchor standards for grades K - 8 in ELA and Math and for all upper level core subjects.
  • Students at risk of not meeting minimal proficiency levels will engage in remedial learning opportunities to achieve learning outcomes for units of study completed. Teachers and administration will work with individual students and families to develop personalized plans for remediation.
On-line resources have been shared with families to provide supplemental learning experiences. As possible, HCS is continuing with related services for our Students with Disabilities through distance learning instruction which includes extension of time for assignments, office hours for additional support(s) to students (reteach, provide clarification, scaffold, etc.), planning for assessment of student skill levels to provide compensatory services as needed. Related service providers (OT/ PT/ Speech) have provided and continue to provide supplemental materials and resources to support families.
 
Clarity Surrounding Expectations
To ensure clarity surrounding expectations during distance learning for instructional staff, students and families, HCS developed articulation documents which outline expectations for distance learning at both the Elementary and Secondary levels. Additionally, a Distance Learning Rubric was developed which factors in student engagement, participation, work production and achievement of learning outcomes for units of study taught. The rubric will be utilized to determine and report "passing" or "incomplete" student progress during the extended closing due to COVID-19.

Communication with the HCS Community
Honeoye Central School District has engaged in ongoing, regular interfacing with HCS parents and families. We have shared logistical information surrounding our Continuity of Instruction via hard copy mailing, email, ConnectEd robocalls, website and virtual Town Hall meetings. It is relevant to note that at each juncture we have shifted as a district in our COVID related emergency response - from Phase 1 (Planning for continuity of operations - instruction, meals, and child care) to Phase II (Implementation of plans for continuity of operations - instruction, meals, and child care) to Phase III (Monitoring, adapting, and enhancing district plans for continuity of operations - instruction, meals and child care) - we have provided real time information to our families reflecting updates and / or clarifications to the HCS Continuity of Learning Plan.

Ensuring Student Participation in Distance Learning
Given that our Distance Learning Rubric includes a student engagement and participation component, teachers have been charged with the task of tracking student participation in any / all facets of their course work during the extended closing due to COVID-19. Additionally, at the onset of school closing due to COVID-19, teachers were tasked with tracking all points of contact (phone, email, office hours, other) with students and families. Teacher tracking of student engagement, participation and points of contact with families is driving Tier 2 (and perhaps Tier 3, as time continues) outreach by student support teams, counseling and mental health staff, building principals and district level administration. Outreach efforts are/ will be tracked and reviewed weekly by building level teams to identify and administer next steps.
 
Technology Component and Internet Accessibility
Our Continuity of Instruction Plan currently includes the use of technology for delivery of first, universal instruction to students. All HCS students in grades 3 - 12 have been provided a 1:1 device for home use. All families of students in grades preK - 2 which indicated via survey that they did not have access to a device, have been provided a district device to access distance learning during the extended closing due to COVID-19.
 
Given that we rolled out distance learning effective 4/15, we are still navigating questions specific to accessibility and connectivity of internet service. Teacher tracking of student engagement, participation and points of contact with families is driving Tier 2 (and perhaps Tier 3, as time continues) outreach by student support teams, counseling and mental health staff, building principals and district level administration. Upon identification of access issues, teachers and administration plan to work with individual students and families to develop personalized learning plans to support students.
 
Additionally, HCS provided information to families and teachers surrounding the following:
⦁ HCS has reasonable strength WIFI signal in upper and lower level parking lots. Social distancing norms applicable.
⦁ Empire Access and Spectrum offer free internet access to students who do not currently have internet access. Disclaimer: This is not an endorsement of Spectrum or Empire, nor an advertisement to encourage purchase of any product or service.
⦁ Note: Prior to the extended closing due to COVID-19, HCS did not possess, and still does not have access to, "Hot Spots" for distribution.
 
Social Emotional Considerations
To address the social-emotional needs of students, families and staff during this crisis, HCS teachers, staff members and administration have employed the following strategies:
⦁ Virtual TIG (Trauma, Illness, Grief) Response sessions, facilitated by HCS Mental Health and Counseling staff
⦁ Development of additional TIG Response plans
⦁ Creation of Class of 2020 Task Force
⦁ Teacher tracking of student engagement, participation and points of contact with families is driving outreach by student support teams, counseling and mental health staff, building principals and district level administration.
⦁ Social Media and email "themed" initiatives - videos, creative Padlets, shout outs, etc.
⦁ Athletic department team initiatives
⦁ Open Office Hours - an opportunity to connect, ask questions, share ideas
 
Continuity of Learning Resources
 
Continuity of Child Care at Honeoye Central School District
The Honeoye Central School District, in partnership with Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES, is working with The Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) in order to find appropriate childcare during mandated closures due to COVID-19. If you are a parent or caregiver who needs child care, please complete the survey linked below. 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. Childcare availability now.
⦁ If you are a parent or caregiver who needs child care, please complete this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3HSNNYJ
⦁ The list of regional child care facilities can be found here: https://bit.ly/2Wqu3FQ
 
Continuity of Meals at Honeoye Central School District
Meals are still available to all school-age children residing within the Honeoye Central School District. This opportunity includes resident-students who may attend private schools, out-of-district placements or are home schooled. We are observing an “open enrollment” process so parents can register their children at any time by navigating the COVID-Closure Resources section of our website. Once the three question GoogleForm is completed, recipients can come to school between 10:00 - 12:00 on the next scheduled service day (M/W/F) to receive their meals. Specific questions or concerns can be addressed to School Business Administrator Michael Bastian at Meals@honeoye.org.
  • Meal Schedule Moving Forward (10:00 - 12:00 pick up at HCS School Cafe backdoor - Rte. 20A side) Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays Through Extended Closing*
  • Lastly, we are sadly aware that many of our district’s families have faced economic hardship during the “NY on Pause” closings for schools and non-essential businesses. If your family falls into this category, take a moment to consider completing the 2019-2020 Application for Free or Reduced Price School Meals before students return to school to secure meal service while school is in session. You can access the application form on the HCS website within the Food Service Department page. Please reach out to Food Service Manager Sheila Lowe at 229-5171 x3022 with any questions you may have about this process.
 
In Closing
With uncertainty looming, one truth has been omnipresent. The very best in people is tangible and ever evident. Educators have risen to meet unprecedented challenges, shifting from onsite instructional delivery to distance learning overnight. And that is not all. In every area of HCS operation, there are countless examples of heroic measures! I am confident that our experience with COVID-19 weeks has been exhausting for every member of our learning community. I am also confident that “We got this,” and we will reach the other side of COVID-19. Thank you for all that you have done and for all that you will continue to do. Hold on to hope.
 
Warmest regards to you and yours,
E. Bridget Ashton
 
Elizabeth Bridget Ashton
Superintendent, Honeoye Central School District
8528 Main Street
Honeoye, New York 14471
Ashton@honeoye.org
On Twitter: @EBridgetAshton