Back-up Plan Needed

Posted by Shelly O'Boyle on 10/21/2020 7:00:00 AM

October 21, 2020

Dear Families,

Now more than ever, we must remain diligent in adhering to the health and hygiene protocols put into
place in our district. COVID-19 is in our surrounding communities. It is not a time to become lax or
develop a false sense of security. Please continue to discuss the importance of social distancing and
hand washing with your children. Our motto in reference to face coverings, ‘When you walk you wear if you are a Frewsburg Bear,’ is more important than ever. Lastly, our district is being extremely cautious
when students/employees display even one symptom of COVID. This abundance of caution is for the
good of the whole.

We wish to assure you that the Frewsburg Central School continues to be committed to remain open in
our current capacity. As stated in our reopening plan, we believe that children need to physically be in
school. However, we also need to be prepared for any situation that may be out of our control, so we
have been busy planning for the different levels of instruction contained in our reopening plan just in case we must pivot to one or more of these levels at some point. Here are just a few reasons we might need to “pivot” to these different levels:

1. Lack of substitutes-
a. One or both buildings may need to pivot to remote instruction
b. Will occur without warning
c. Will be announced early in the morning or the evening before, like a school closing due to
d. Should be short-term in nature

2. Closure due to Governor’s Order (Yellow, Orange, or Red Zone)
a. Both buildings will immediately pivot to remote instruction
b. Will hopefully be done with some forewarning but will be out of the district’s control
c. Length of time unknown

3. Snow Days-Districts have been given the flexibility to pivot to remote instruction to provide
continuity of instruction on what would otherwise be a day of school closure due to a snow
emergency. This may be used at some point during the year.

Enclosed in this packet you will find information from both principals regarding specific building
procedures for the scenarios above as well as information regarding the hybrid level. Elementary
teachers will also be sending home specific grade level information in student backpacks. Please watch
for this.

Thank you in advance for having a back-up plan for all of the scenarios listed above. As always, we will
strive to give parents as much forewarning as possible.

Superintendent Shelly O’Boyle