Frequently Asked Questions
How long will school be closed? NY Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on March 28th that all schools across New York State will remain closed to April 15, 2020, in order to protect students and staff from the spread of Covid-19 Coronavirus. Additionally the Governor said this date would be reevaluated as we get closer to April 15. The school is closed for classes, all school-related activities, athletics, and use by outside groups. When a decision is made about any changes to closure dates, you will be notified by email, text message and phone call.
How will meals be provided for families in need? To better accommodate our families and to further reduce exposure to the COVID-19 virus for
our families and staff beginning Monday, March 30, 2020 the Avoca Central School District will reduce the number of days per week that we provide breakfast and lunch during the extended dismissal. We will still provide meals for each of the 5 days of the week. On Monday we will serve lunch and breakfast, on Tuesday and Thursday we will serve 2 lunches and 2 breakfasts each day. Children do not need to be present in order for the meals to be provided. Families are eligible for a meal for any child in the household 18 years old and younger. Meals are at no cost to the families. Meals will be for pick-up only. No meals will be consumed on site.
Our meal service is Grab and Go style. Just pull up, gesture how many students you need meals for and staff will deliver them to you. Grab and go bags will be available for pick-up on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at the following locations:
- Avoca School Cafeteria Door - 11:00am-12:00pm
- Howard Fire Hall - 11:00am-11:30am
- Wallace Fire Hall - 11:00am-11:30am
- Avoca Fire Hall - 12:00pm-12:30pm
Please look for a school vehicle indicating the pick-up area. If you do not live in the village limits or close proximity to one of the drop off locations and are unable to pick-up meals, please email email@example.com or call 607-566-2221 *1125.
How can I get needed things I left at school? The pick-up for student materials was Tuesday, March 17th from 1:00pm-6:00pm. If you did not get everything you needed either from your locker, classroom, band room, or gym locker, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 607-566-2221 *1125 and arrangements will be made.
What do Educational Opportunities look like for students? Teachers have created materials that will supplement the learning experience the students have already had in the classroom. Many teachers are also posting content on their Google Classroom pages. This is not new content, but a review of concepts and skills that have already been completed during the year.
What about college-level classes? Accelerated College Education (ACE) Courses will continue with new learning during this extended dismissal. Much of this will continue online. If online access is a concern for an ACE course, please contact the instructor, or call 607-566-2221 *1125.
What if I do not have internet at home? Teachers have also created work that can be completed without internet access. If you would like to access the internet, but do not have access at home, the school network does work outside of the building. If you drive to the Avoca Central School, and park near the building, you should be able to access our network on your Chromebook. Please remember not to gather in cars, and maintain social distancing while working from your vehicle.
What if I am having problems with my chromebook or other technology? If your child is having trouble with their device, please email email@example.com or stop down to the Cafeteria entrance between 11 and 12 on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays. Someone there can assist with a solution to the chromebook problem.
How can I contact my teacher about coursework? Teachers in the Middle and High School have created "Office Hours" where they will be available for quick replies to emails or questions. Due to the varying technology abilities of our staff in their homes, this will range from emails, to video chat abilities. To see a list of all teacher office hours in the Middle/High School please click here. Teachers have outlined in their cover letters the best way to reach them. Please check the letter and use the links below:
Will these assignments be graded? Students are not required to engage in real-time online learning activities, and no assignments will be graded. Our expectation is that your child simply does the best they are able to do during this time. Some classes may incentivize home assignments as extra-credit for completion, but not a grade.
What about fundraisers? There are currently four fundraisers in-progress. Popcorn orders will be arriving to school shortly. A more detailed schedule will follow for popcorn distribution. Pizza orders and the pancake breakfast are put "on hold" for this time. Anyone interested in a refund may get their money back once school resumes. Otherwise, the pizza orders will be delayed, and the pancake breakfast will be rescheduled (and tickets will be honored.)
The freshman pasta order has arrived. Students will need to work with Mrs. Rodbourn (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange a pick-up of your order from her porch. The pick-up is a contactless way to get your order. There are instructions provided for students to distribute the order. All orders should be delivered with no contact to the customers. If you would like to wait to pick up and deliver your orders, that would be fine as well. Please ensure Mrs. Rodbourn knows your plans. She will be reaching out via Remind.
What is happening with the NYS Basketball Championships? We're very proud of our varsity boys basketbal team, and their fantastic season! Unfortunately, on March 23rd, NYSPHSAA cancelled the Winter State Championships. You can read their full press release here.
What is happening with NYS Tests? New York State Education Department (NYSED) is suspending all NYS Elementary- and Intermediate-Level State Assessments for the remainder of the school year in response to the statewide closures of schools and districts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This suspension for the remainder of the school year applies to the following State testing programs:
- New York State Grades 3-8 English Language Arts Tests
- New York State Grades 3-8 Mathematics Tests
- New York State Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science Test
- New York State Grade 8 Intermediate-Level Science Test
- New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) in Grades K-12
- New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) for students with severe cognitive disabilities in Grades 3-8 and high school
At this time, NYSED is continuing to closely monitor the situation and will provide guidance on the Regents examinations in the near future.
What is happening with the SAT Test? Collegeboard has postponed all upcoming SAT tests. You can read their press release here.
What can I do to help prevent illness? The most important thing you can do is remain calm, be prepared, and be informed. It also is important to take standard illness prevention tips. The same steps you take to reduce the spread of flu or other respiratory illnesses are key tools for reducing the spread of coronavirus.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (the length of the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end, twice). If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with your sleeve or a tissue (then throw the tissue in the trash).
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Links to additional information:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention summary page on Coronavirus
- State Department of Health Coronavirus summary
How do I contact the school? If you need to contact the school during the extended dismissal, please email email@example.com or call 607-566-2221 *1125.
What if I need help with medication or something outside of school? If you are in need of assistance in any of the following areas please contact Deb Howe at Oak Orchard Health: (607) 590-2424 ext. 617 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Examples of assistance that could be provided:
- financial assistance w/medications
- financial assistance w/medical bills
- getting medical equipment
- “leg work” for people who are generally in need but don’t know where/how to start
What television offerings would help my child? All nine public television stations in New York are providing “Learn at-Home” enrichment for students through their broadcast stations and increased online educational resources. Pre-K and young learners can still watch familiar shows like Sesame Street. Elementary student broadcast schedules include trusted programs like Wild Kratts, Peg + Cat, and Cyberchase. Middle school and high school programming include shows like Nova, History Detectives, and Shakespeare Uncovered. As always, many additional programs are also available to stream on the free PBS Video and PBS KIDS Video apps. Since every PBS station in New York has multiple digital channels, programming will be available for young children (PreK to 4th Grade) and older children (5th to 12th Grade) on different digital channels. They can be viewed for free over-the-air with a television antenna or on cable. Parents and educators should check local listings for their local public television stations for additional information on schedules and channel lineup. You can find your local PBS station by using the PBS Station Finder.