Board of Education Regular Meeting
Monday, April 19th, 2021
Time: 07:00 PM
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Dear Waterloo Families,
This afternoon, our administrative team met again to discuss the plan for reopening all Waterloo Schools to students five days per week. On Tuesday, when we met, our county was still in an orange zone of substantial transmission with a positivity rate of 3.3%. Late this afternoon, per the CDC chart, Seneca county has now moved to a designation of red zone, which indicates a high transmission of COVID in our community. Please see the link below for the CDC COVID data tracker.
There are many variables in the CDC and the New York State Department of Health updated guidance we received a week ago. There are differences, especially at the secondary level, of student capacity in classrooms in orange zones versus red zones. Please see the link below for the updated interim guidance document for schools.
During a lengthy administrative meeting today, we discussed many scenarios, several of which are unknown at this moment, based on the transmission rates in our community and Seneca County.
Earlier this week, we set a calendar of meetings taking place next week to gather input from our staff and school community.
I am looking forward to the conversations we have planned next week with staff on the afternoon of April 19th, the Board of Education on Monday, April 19th at 7:00 p.m. and the community meeting on Tuesday, April 20th at 7:00 p.m.
I hope you are able to attend the WCSD Community Town Hall meeting on April 20th at 7:00 p.m. I have listed the information for the meeting below. In addition, the link for the meeting will also be posted to our district web page.
Topic: WCSD Community Town Hall Meeting
Time: Apr 20, 2021 07:00 PM
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Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate this reopening guidance update, along with the increased community spread in Seneca County. I am hopeful, after gathering feedback from our staff and our community, we are able to bring all students back to school five days per week, prior to the end of the 2020-2021 school year. It is our goal to do this as soon as we are able to do so safely.
I will send out another communication on Wednesday, April 21st after our information gathering sessions.
With Waterloo Pride,
Waterloo Central School District
Dear Waterloo Families,
Friday evening, April 9, 2021, the New York State Department of Health released a twenty-four-page guidance document regarding the return of all students to school with masks, hand hygiene, and 3 feet of social distancing between students. This guidance document is on our website for your review.
We anticipated this would occur at some point, so our administrative team has been meeting to discuss our response to this anticipated guidance over the past few weeks. On March 27, 2021, we sent a survey to all families, staff, and secondary students to gather information about our students’ full-time return to school five days per week.
The administrative team plans to meet again tomorrow morning to finalize the details of the return. It will take some time to recreate the bus schedules to get ready for a full return.
I’ll have an update for all families regarding our return plan by the end of this week.
March 22, 2021
Dear Waterloo Families,
As you may be aware, last week the Fall II athletic season has begun! We are pleased to announce with this opening, several of our outdoor facilities are also open again for community use. These openings include the track, tennis courts, fields and box lacrosse area. Currently, we do not have specific guidance around the community use of the Waterloo Fitness Center at Waterloo High School, and it is not yet open to the community. We are replacing the Fitness Center flooring and hope to have the Fitness Center open to the public in July. Unfortunately, walking inside at the high school/middle school campus is also not available at this time. As soon as we receive more information or guidance on either of those areas, we will let you know.
We would like to take a moment to review the guidelines for community use of school facilities.
- Any club or travel team that is affiliated with an outside organization must file a Safety Plan with Department of Health. You will then need to share that plan with Mrs. Kent and complete a facility use form and be Board of Education approved for facility use with a certificate of insurance on file.
- During school hours, use of our facilities is exclusive to our students.
- Evening and weekend hours, when facilities are not being utilized by our athletic programs, we welcome the community to take full advantage of our facilities, including the elementary school playgrounds, across the district.
- No pets on the fields or green spaces around our buildings, please. Unless the pet is a certified therapy dog or service animal, pets should not attend our athletic contests with their families.
- Questions regarding the use of our athletic facilities should be directed to Mrs. Kent at 315-539-1557 or email@example.com.
This is a dynamic situation which continues to change each week. We will continue to update you as we receive additional guidance from the state and local health departments, New York State Education Department, and NYSPHSAA / Section V.
Thank you to Mrs. Kent, our Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, who has worked tirelessly to get our athletics programs up and running again. We are grateful to our coaches, athletes, and their families for their patience while we continue to sort through New York State’s requirements for the continuance of our athletic programs and the use of our facilities.
With Waterloo Pride,
January 27th, 2021
Dear Waterloo Families,
Today we received two communications from the Seneca County Department of Health. We received a new flowchart for mandatory quarantines. The other document is regarding high-risk sports.
Please review the attached documents. The following sports will begin on Monday, February 1, 2021: basketball, cheerleading, ice-hockey, and wrestling. At this time, we will not have spectators at sporting events. Any questions regarding interscholastic athletics (grades 7-12) should be sent to Mrs. Kent, our Director of Health, Physical Education, and Athletics.
Questions regarding the updated COVID-19 flowchart should be directed to your child’s School Nurse.
Both documents will be posted to our website for your future reference.
Universal PreK Registration is Open!
There are openings for 4-year-old PreK students that live in the Waterloo Central School District for the 2021-2022 school year. If you are interested in your child attending, please contact the Skoi-Yase Primary School for a registration packet. Forms necessary for registration can be found here, under PreK Registration Materials. This is a half-day program with no cost to families.
- Child must live in the Waterloo Central School District.
- Child must be 4 years old on or before December 1, 2021.
- New York State requirements must be met for immunizations, dental screenings and physicals before the student can start.
If you have any questions, please call Jenn Hayden, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction at (315)-539-1502 OR Sherri Monell, Principal, Skoi-Yase Primary School @ 315-539-1520.
January 8, 2021
The Waterloo Central School District is using new technology to improve the Board of Education governance process. This will allow the Waterloo Board of Education to maximize the effectiveness of our board meetings with increased transparency, providing a basis for more efficient and open communication with the public.
BoardDocs Pro uses a structured, collaborative workflow that is specifically designed to meet the unique needs and legal requirements of public school boards. Electronic distribution will not only save time and resources, but it will also provide more convenient public access via the Waterloo Central School District’s website to agenda items and other board-related information. This process will allow interested parties to review information prior to meetings. After the meeting, individuals can review the agenda items and see what action the board took, complete with voting results. All documents associated with the meeting are automatically archived and can be accessed by date or by using the system’s comprehensive search feature.
The new board management features can be accessed via Waterloo’s website at https://go.boarddocs.com/ny/waterloocsd/Board.nsf/Public. For questions regarding this initiative, please contact Jamie Excell at 315-539-1501.
January 6th, 2020
All Seneca County Superintendents received this message yesterday regarding asymptomatic testing from our Seneca County Director of Health, Vickie Swinehart. These sites are set up for testing of individuals who are not symptomatic. These tests are free of charge. You do not have to be a resident of the specific county. All individuals must pre-register for any of the clinics sites.
Below is the information for testing clinics that are available:
Here is a link to register for the free COVID testing on Mondays at the Seneca County Office building in Waterloo: Results in 15 minutes
Free testing is also available at Finger Lakes Community Health in Ovid and in Geneva. Results within 24 hours. Here is their link to register https://Localcommunityhealth.com.
You can also use this link to sign up for free testing in Ontario or Yates County (You do not have to be a resident of the particular county.
Fall Reopening Documentation
January 4th, 2020
The federal and state moratoriums on evictions are currently scheduled to be lifted in January 2021. Due to this, there may be an increase in the number of families who will experience a loss of housing. Governor Cuomo has announced an expansion of the state’s rent relief program. Eligibility criteria has changed and applications will be accepted until February 1st, 2021. Click here for more information and to apply.
Also If you have questions on your rights or need referrals for housing there is a Statewide hotline: 833-503-0447, open 24/7. They will soon be able to answer questions in all languages with interpreters. This is a referral line only — hotline workers aren’t able to answer specific legal questions, but they will be able to direct you to the courts, clerks offices and other resources in your region. If you don’t get through the first time, keep trying!
If you lose your housing or are living in temporary housing please let your school know! We are here to help!
IF YOU SHOULD NEED IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE FOR EMOTIONAL HEALTH PLEASE:
-call or visit Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) at Clifton Springs
-call Finger Lakes Lifeline 2-1-1
-contact the National Crisis Text Line by texting the word: HOME to 741-741
Developing Student Ownership & Creativity
The MISSION of the Waterloo Central School District is to provide a safe environment and educational programs that will provide opportunities for all members of the community to obtain a well-rounded education so they can be productive and successful in their personal and professional lives.
The VISION of the Waterloo Central School District is to become the best rural school in the heartland of New York. We will achieve this by focusing on high academic excellence by providing for ALL a variety of instructional strategies to meet individual needs for future success. This will be accomplished through "open communication," collegiality, an infusion of technology and an enlightened attitude toward teaching and learning. Students will become productive members by becoming successful citizens.