News and COVID-19 Info

Latest Updates

  • 6/8/2021 - District Plan in Response to Governor's June 7th Statement Regarding School Masking Requirements

    Attention Frewsburg Families: Please see the letter below from Superintendent Shelly O’Boyle that outlines the district’s plans following the Governor's June 7th statement and the resulting guidance regarding mask requirements in school.

    While indoor and bus masking requirements will remain unchanged, outdoor masking requirements on our campuses have been lifted.

    Thank you for your continued patience and support!

    Click here to read the letter


    6/6/2021 - District Plan in Response to Governor's Intended Change to School Masking Requirements

    Attention Frewsburg Families: Please see the letter below from Superintendent Shelly O’Boyle that outlines the district’s plans following the announcement that the Governor's office intends to alter mask requirements with regards to schools.
     
    Until official guidance is received and stakeholder feedback is sought, we will continue under our current masking policy, meaning students and adults will continue to wear masks while on school property.
     
    As we enter the last few weeks of school, we would like to express our sincere thanks for your continued patience and partnership during this very challenging year.

    5/17/2021 - Free and Voluntary COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic to be Offered at Frewsburg Central Schools on May 20th

    The Chautauqua County Department of Health will be offering a free and voluntary Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine clinic to all students (both in-person and remote) ages 12 and older and their parents here in the Frewsburg Central School District on Thursday, May 20th.

    Please click here for consent forms and more information: www.frewsburgcsd.org/vaccine


    4/22/2021 - Updated Department of Health Guidance on COVID-19 Protocols

    Attention Frewsburg Families: Please read the attached letter from Mrs. O'Boyle containing important information about revised guidance from the NYS Department of Health on COVID-19 protocols in schools.

    Click here to read the letter


    3/30/2021 - Public Employer Emergency Plan

    Attached is our Public Employer Emergency Plan, developed in accordance with the amended New York State Labor Law section 27-c and New York State Education Law paragraphs k and l of subdivision 2 of section 2801-a (as amended by section 1 of part B of chapter 56 of the laws of 2016), as applicable. These laws were amended by the passing of legislation S8617B/A10832 signed by the Governor of New York State on September 7, 2020, which requires public employers to adopt a plan for operations in the event of a declared public health emergency involving a communicable disease. The plan includes the identification of essential positions, facilitation of remote work for non-essential positions, provision of personal protective equipment, and protocols for supporting contact tracing.

    3/23/2021 - Letter to Parents from Mrs. McKotch

    Attention RHJ Families: Please read the letter linked below from RHJ Principal, Mrs. Tami McKotch.

    3/16/2021 - Letter from Mrs. O'Boyle on the one-year anniversary of COVID-19 school closures

    Please read the letter linked below from Frewsburg Central School District superintendent, Mrs. Shelly O'Boyle, offering remarks on the one-year anniversary of the closure of all schools in NYS due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We would like to thank everyone - faculty, staff, administration, and families - who have been instrumental in creating and implementing a plan to best serve our students during this challenging time.
     
    #bearpride #youbelonghere

    2/9/2021 - Letter to Parents from Mrs. O'Boyle

    Please click the link below to read a letter from Superintendent Shelly O'Boyle to parents and families regarding the continuation of COVID-19 protocols.

    Letter from Mrs. O'Boyle


    2/1/2021 - Attention Remote Learning Families!

    We need to make critical updates to your students' Lenovo and Dell devices over the February break. 

    Note: The Internet will no longer function on student devices after February 12 unless these updates are performed.

    Please drop off your devices on Friday, February 12, before 4 p.m. at the High School Office. Devices will be ready for pickup on Friday, February 19, before 2 p.m. at the High School Office.

    Please call 569-7069 if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you in advance for your assistance!


    1/3/2021 - Attention Frewsburg Students and Parents!

    Frewsburg MS/HS will pivot back to in-person instruction starting on Monday, January 4, 2021. RHJ Elementary will remain in-person. Thank you and take care!

    12/21/2020 - Micro-cluster COVID Testing Survey Results Released

    Please find the results of our recent survey on parent attitudes toward having their children included as part of a required random sample COVID testing protocol should our geographic area be designated as a COVID micro-cluster.

    Link to COVID testing survey results

    Thank you to all who participated!


    12/15/2020 - Deadline to complete micro-cluster COVID testing survey extended to Friday, December 18

    Attention (typically) in-person learning families: If you have not yet had a chance to complete the micro-cluster COVID testing survey, please do so by Friday, December 18. We require one completed survey per child to assist with our planning.

    Link to COVID testing survey

    Thank you so much for your time and attention in this important manner!


    12/14/2020 - Additional positive COVID-19 cases (two students) reported at the MS/HS and change to notification procedures

    Click here to view the letter from Mrs. O'Boyle with details.


    12/11/2020 - Additional positive COVID-19 case (one student) reported at the MS/HS

    Click here to view the letter from Mrs. O'Boyle with details.


    12/9/2020 - Informational Letter Regarding Meals and Student Expectations During MS/HS Pivot to Remote Instruction

     
    Attention Frewsburg MS/HS Families!
     
    Please click here to view a letter containing important information regarding student meals and remote learning expectations during our pivot to Remote Instruction. The two-hour delay schedule referenced in the letter can be found at this link: Two-Hour Delay Schedule MS/HS.
     
    Thank you and stay safe!

    12/8/2020 - MS/HS Pivot to Remote Instruction Due to Staffing Issues

    Click here to view the letter from Mrs. O'Boyle with details.


    12/7/2020 - First positive COVID-19 case (one student) reported at the MS/HS

    Click here to view the letter from Mrs. O'Boyle with details.


    12/7/2020 - Attention in-person learning families: Please take this important COVID testing survey before Thursday, December 10

    Attention in-person learning families: Although our area is not currently designated as a COVID micro-cluster by the state, we want to be as prepared as possible should that occur in the future. If we were to move into one of the micro-cluster zones, random testing of a percentage of our students and staff is a necessary part of our school remaining in-person. We are told that the testing will be of the non-invasive type, (a lower nostril swab instead of a long swab up into the sinus cavity).

    To assist us in planning, we need input from the parents of all of our in-person students regarding your willingness to have your children included in random sample testing so that we are able to keep the school open. Please click on the link below to answer the two-question survey for each of your in-person students before Thursday, December 10, at 2:00 p.m. if possible.

    Link to COVID testing survey

    Thank you so much for your continued support and assistance!


    12/5/2020 - Second positive COVID-19 case (one student) reported at RHJ Elementary

    Click here to view the letter from Mrs. O'Boyle with details.


    11/30/2020 - Important Survey for Current Remote Learning Families Only:

    School Commitment Form January-June

    Attention Frewsburg Remote Learning Families: Please complete the survey linked below regarding remote or in-person learning for the second half of the school year (beginning on January 25).

    We ask that you complete the survey by December 22 to allow us time to plan for the safe return of our remote students. Please complete the survey once for each child who is currently enrolled in remote learning. Thank you in advance for assisting us in preparing for the remainder of the school year. 

    Click here for the survey.


    11/27/2020 - One positive COVID-19 case (staff member) reported at RHJ Elementary

    Click here to view the letter from Mrs. O'Boyle with details.


    11/23/2020 - Letter from Mrs. McKotch to Parents of Students with Disabilities

    Important information for our parents of students with disabilities - please see the letter linked below regarding an essential survey that we need you to complete in the upcoming months.  We will be contacting you by phone with more information on the survey and will provide you with your unique code at that time: click here for letter.


    11/6/2020 

    Frewsburg Central School District Revised 11/6/2020  (All changes are dated and highlighted in yellow.)

    Changes made to the reopening plan are as follows:

    page 48
    Revised the Employee/Visitor Daily Health-Screening Questionnaire to reflect the newest NYS travel advisory language 

    page 49
    Revised the Student Daily Health-Screening Questionnaire to reflect the newest NYS travel advisory language 


    11/5/2020 - Letters from Mrs. McKotch to RHJ Families

    Letter to In-Person families: click here for letter

    Letter to Remote families: click here for letter


    10/30/2020

    Frewsburg Central School District Reopening Plan Revised 10/30/2020  (All changes are dated and highlighted in yellow.)

    Changes made to the reopening plan are as follows:

    page 6
    Revised MERV filter language to reflect current district configuration

    page 10
    Revised to reflect 2+1+2 configuration for hybrid level as communicated in the October 22, 2020 parent letter 

    page 18
    Revised language for Level 3 Remote Learning as communicated in the October 22, 2020 parent letter

    page 37
    Inserted RHJ nurse's name/email

    page 40
    Revised language to reflect the current location of the MS/HS nurse's office

    page 43
    Revised Chautauqua County Health Department of Health (CCCDOH) language regarding disease investigation, contact tracing and testing to reflect the most recent guidance from CCDOH


    10/26/2020 - Letter with Important Information for FCS Remote Learning Families

    Please click here to view letters from Mrs. O'Boyle, Mrs. McKotch, and Mrs. Frederes detailing important information regarding remote learning.


    10/22/2020 - Letter with Important Information for FCS In-Person Learning Families

    Please click here to view letters from Mrs. O'Boyle, Mrs. McKotch, and Mrs. Frederes detailing important information regarding in-person learning.


    10/13/2020

    For updated Chautauqua County COVID-19 Screening Flow Chart click here.  


    9/29/2020 

    Please click here for a letter to parents.  


    9/28/2020 - Safety Day 2020 is Friday, October 2!

    Safety Day 2020 is being held on Friday, October 2. The MS/HS will be conducting several required evacuation and lockdown drills at scheduled times throughout the day. Students at RHJ will take part in fire and tornado drills.
     
    Additionally, all students at both schools will be dismissed 15 minutes earlier than their normal times for our "Emergency Go Home Early" drill.
     
    These are planned drills and will be announced as such to all students. We will monitor social distancing and the wearing of masks throughout these drills. If you have any questions, please contact the High School or RHJ Office by calling 569-7000.
     
    Thank you!

    9/16/2020 - Updated Bell Schedule for MS/HS

    Please click here to view the MS/HS bell schedule for the 2020-2021 academic year.


     9/7/2020 - RHJ Parent Letter and Virtual Open House Information

    Please click here for the parent information letter.

    Please click here for virtual open house information.


    9/4/2020 - Instructional Videos for Students and Parents

    Please watch the videos linked below for information on how you can make our return to school safe and successful. Topics include mask-wearing instruction and tips, bathroom procedures, and some general procedures.

    Video 1    Video 2    Video 3

    Thank you!


    9/03/2020

    Chautauqua County Department of Health provided districts with the following updated COVID-19 Screening Flowchart.

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    9/2/2020

    Recording of 9/1/2020 Parent Informational Zoom Meetings:  6:30 In-Person Presentation and 7:30 Remote Instruction


    9/1/2020

    The district held parent informational Zoom meetings to summarize the reopening plan.   
    6:30-7:30 In-person Instruction
    7:30-8:30 Remote Instruction
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    8/28/2020 - Seventh Grade Orientation Information

    Attention parents of incoming 7th graders: While orientation couldn’t happen this year in our normal fashion, we’re happy to announce that on Thursday, September 3rd, we are inviting all 7th-grade students who will be attending in-person instruction this fall into the building for a “practice run”/orientation. This will take place from 9-11 a.m. Please see the attached flyer for details. Click to view flyer

    If for some reason the day/time of this event won’t work for your family, or if you have any questions, please contact the district office so we may help to arrange an alternative for you. Thank you!


    8/22/2020
    Frewsburg Central School District Reopening Plan Revised 8/22/2020

    Changes made to the reopening plan as follows:

    page 4 
    Revised face-covering language

    page 7 
    Revised to reflect bus drivers will be required to wear face coverings while loading/unloading the bus.

    page 19
    Added Remote Only (Click) for Vulnerable Populations & Individuals Uncomfortable Returning to an In-person Environment language
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    8/17/2020
    Frewsburg Central School District Reopening Plan Revised 8/17/2020

    Changes made to the reopening plan as follows:

    pages 5, 7, and 21
    Revised the grade levels for cohorts- K-6 will be kept in cohorts in the classroom but grades 7-12 will physically move about the school in scheduled, staggered, supervised manner with disinfecting between cohorts-this was changed to accommodate individual schedules.  (Prior grades 7-9 were cohorted)

    page 6
    Added use of MS/HS Cafeteria with forward-facing single desks socially distanced at 6' with a limited number of students

    page 7
    Added that the seat behind bus driver will not be filled

    pages 10, 12, and 13
    All levels reflect BOCES programs mailing information to parents; specials occurring in classrooms immediately/ band/music/chorus in large spaces 12'  apart; PE in gym 12' spaced (Prior stated that we needed information from BOCES and specials were remote)

    page 21
    Revision to personal belongings to reflect grades 3-12 devices go home daily
    (Prior only grades 7-12 were bringing devices home daily)

    pages 39-43
    Revised to reflect newly received Chautauqua County Department Health Disease Investigation, Contact Tracing, and Testing language 

    ***Should any of these changes cause you to want to change your selection from in-person learning to remote learning, please contact (716) 569-7041 by 8/19/2020 to let us know.****

    August 8 Pages 37-38 Revised to state:  "Each student will have his/her temperature screened prior to entering the school. (Revised 8/4/2020)"
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    8/14/2020

    11:30-12:30 pm  Parent Office Hour session is now closed.
    Parents who wished to ask Mrs. O'Boyle and Mrs. Patti questions specific to his/her child were able to "pop-in" to the open Zoom. 

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    8/12/2020

    6:30-7:30 pm  Parent Office Hour session is now closed.
    Parents had the opportunity to ask Mrs. O'Boyle and Mrs. Patti questions specific to his/her child by"popping-into" the open Zoom.

    Recording from 8/11/2020 Parent Meeting Regarding Remote Learning Option

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    8/10/2020

    Parent Meetings - We have scheduled three additional public meetings to share information about our reopening plan!  Please access information on these meetings in the menu to the left (on a computer) or above (on mobile).

    Letter to Parents with Details of Reopening Plan - 
    Click here to view the letter 
     
    Class Lists/Schedules/Supply Lists - RHJ and MS/HS will be providing information on these items on August 21, 2020.

    8/7/2020

    Attention Parents!  Are you thinking of choosing remote instruction?  If so, we invite you to "attend" a Zoom meeting on...

    Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    We will be presenting what remote instruction will look like for all grade levels at Frewsburg Central School District.  
    This meeting will be recorded and posted for parents who are unable to attend.  
    _______________________________________________________________________________________________

    8/4/2020

    Revised Frewsburg Central School Reopening Plan

    Pages 37-38 Revised to state:  "Each student will have his/her temperature screened prior to entering the school. (Revised 8/4/2020)"

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    7/31/2020

    Frewsburg Central School Reopening Plan

     

    Office Hours
    9:00 am to 10 am 
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm 
    If these hours do not work for you, please do not hesitate to email me at soboyle@frewsburgcsd.org or Mrs. Patti at dpatti@frewsburgcsd.org or call 716-569-7041 to arrange another time.  

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    7/30/2020

    Recording of 6:00 July 30 Parent Reopening Meeting

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    7/27/2020


    Results of Parent Reopening Survey


    Question 2 Answers Click to see a pdf of the written-in answers for question #2.    


    Parent Meeting to Present Changes to Potential Reopening Scenarios 

    Attention Parents!  We invite you to "attend" another Zoom meeting where we will be going over changes to school reopening scenarios.  The meeting has been scheduled as follows:

    Thursday, July 30, 2020, at 6:00 pm 

    We will be conducting one meeting and discussing all grade levels at that time.  

    The Zoom will be recorded and posted here for viewing at your convenience in case you are unable to attend.

    You will find the link to attend the meetings here on the evening of the meeting. 



    7/17/2020

    Office Hours
    9:00 am to 10 am 
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm 
    If these hours do not work for you, please do not hesitate to email me at soboyle@frewsburgcsd.org or Mrs. Patti at dpatti@frewsburgcsd.org or call 716-569-7041 to arrange another time.  
     

     
    Parent Survey - This survey is password protected.  The password will be provided to you during the parent meetings or in the recording below.  

    Newly Released Document
    New York State Education Department Recovering, Rebuilding, and Renewing: The Spirit of New York's Schools Reopening Guidance


    7/15/2020 

    Office Hours to be able to ask questions regarding potential reopening scenarios

    9 am to 2:00 pm
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    Please feel free to "pop-in" during these hours to ask any questions you may have.   

    Recording of July 14 Meeting (this recording addresses all grade levels)

    Parent Survey  - This survey is password protected.  The password will be provided to you during the parent meetings or in the recording above.  


    7/14/2020

    Parent Survey - This survey is password protected.  The password will be provided to you during the parent meetings or in the recording above.  

    Thank you to those parents that attended one of the two parent meetings scheduled this evening.   There is another meeting scheduled for Thursday, July 16 at 6:00 pm.  If you missed the grades K-2 and 3-6 meetings, it is perfectly fine to attend the meeting on Thursday.  For your convenience, we have also included the recording of the 6:00 meeting above in case you can't make a meeting or wish to review the information multiple times.  


    7/10/2020 Parent Meetings for Potential Reopening Scenarios 

    Attention Parents!  We invite you to "attend" a Zoom meeting where we will be presenting possible school reopening scenarios. Once we have presented these scenarios, we will be publishing a survey in order to get as much feedback from you as possible. We want this feedback before we have to submit our plan to the New York State Education Department on July 31, 2020.

    The meetings have been scheduled as follows. You will find links to attend the meetings here at this page each day prior to the meeting.

    Grades K-2
    Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm

    Grades 3-6
    Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm

    Grades 7-12
    Thursday, July 16, 2020, 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm

    If you have students in multiple grade levels, we ask that you attend just one session. All three Zoom meetings will be recorded and published on our website for those that have conflicts.  

    Newly Released Documents (It would be helpful for you to read these over before our meetings):

    Interim Guidance For In-person Instruction at PreK to Grade 12 Schools During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (July 13, 2020)

    Recovering, Rebuilding, and Renewing: The Spirit of New York's Schools Reopening Guidance (Presentation to the Board of Regents July 13, 2020)


    7/1/2020 - Letter to Parents regarding Locating Summer Meals

     Please click to view the letter


    6/10/2020 - Details Regarding Student Computer-Personal Belongings Exchange Events

    5/12/2020 - Letter to Parents of entering Pre-K and Kindergarten students

    Highlights of Our Plan:

    5/12/2020 - Letter to Parents of Sixth Graders regarding end-of-year activities

     5/5/2020 - FCSD Continuity of Instruction Plan March 2020-June 2020

    5/5/2020 - Online resource: "Parents: Supporting Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic"

    This resource offers tips to support your child’s learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    4/29/2020 - Letter Addressing Remote Instruction Expectations and Assessing Student Learning

    4/28/2020 - Call to Action

    Frewsburg Central School District relies on state aid for 60% of our total operating budget. Please view the letter below to find details on how you can urge our elected federal lawmakers to support a bill that would direct emergency funding to states to avoid a potential 20-50% reduction in state aid to schools in the next fiscal year.

    4/14/2020 - Parents Invited for "Coffee Talk" with Mrs. Patti

    4/9/2020 - New York State of Health Letter to Families Regarding Insurance

    4/7/2020 - Letter Sent to Families Regarding Report Cards

    4/2/2020 - Working Papers During School Closure

    Despite our shutdown, we are still able to grant working papers to our minor students.  To obtain working papers, follow these steps:

    1. Ensure that a record of a physical examination conducted within the last year is on file in our school's Health Office.  If necessary, please contact your physician's office and have the documentation faxed to our Health Office.
    2. Complete PART I, only, of the appropriate application for your situation:
      1. AT-17 Application for Employment Certificate (general employment)
      2. AT-22 Application for Employment Permit (newspaper carrier or farm employment)
    3. Complete the top portion of the AT-16 Physical Fitness Certification form linked here.
    4. Submit both your Application and the Physical Fitness form electronically to Mrs. Denise Wright at dwright@frewsburgcsd.org. She will process your application information and mail you the working papers.

    If you have any questions about the process, please email Mrs. Wright at the above email address.  Thank you!


    3/27/2020 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act

    3/26/2020 - Letter from Mrs. Frederes

    3/23/2020 - Meal and Packet Delivery Update

    We are committed to continuing to provide food for our families during this time. However, we must also reduce the number of people we have working in our facility to ensure the health and safety of our staff.

    Effective tomorrow, March 24, we will be distributing meals on Tuesdays and Fridays only. The Tuesday package will include breakfast and lunches for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The Friday package will include breakfast and lunches for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
     
    Times and locations of meal deliveries will remain unchanged. We will still be delivering to Pine Bluff and Water Street Trailer Parks between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. and will also have a meal bag pickup location set up outside of the High School from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
     
    We are also asking families to place a tote or plastic box with a lid at your front door for us to deliver food and instructional packets. This will ensure that the deliveries are kept dry. Again, those deliveries will be made on Tuesdays and Fridays only.

    Thank you.


    3/23/2020 - Child Care Survey for Essential Service Providers

    Dear Parents - 

    The COVID-19 impact on our schools and communities is rapidly changing by the minute. Therefore, our county action plans and response must evolve accordingly. As we continue our preparations to serve children and families we need to assess the child care needs of our families, especially those families providing essential services such as: Essential Healthcare Services, Child Welfare, First Responders, Food Manufactures, Transportation, Construction and Manufacturing, and Non Profit and Social Service Agencies. Financial assistance will be made available to families who are considered essential to the health and safety of the community.  In order to assess the need for child care in Chautauqua County we are asking families to complete the survey linked below.

    Families who are considered essential workers and cannot be excused from work are encouraged to contact the Child Care Council Resource and Referral Specialist who can assist with finding child care. You may reach out to the Child Care Council for any child care needs at 1-800-424-4532 or childcare@chautopp.org.

    Thank you.

     

    3/15/2020 - Letter to Parents on School Closure

     

    3/14/2020 - Actions Being Taken

     

    3/14/2020 - Restrictions Based on Health Dept. Recommendations

     

    3/3/2020 - Letter to Families