COVID-19/Coronavirus Information and ResourcesUPDATE: April 1
Information on cancelled April Break, continued instruction, meals and more
To the JE Community,
I know many of you have had questions about April break so I want to detail our plans as a school district moving forward. First, there is no April Break. We will continue to provide remote instruction for students and meals for students every weekday until school reopens.
However, we will not be delivering meals on Monday, April 13, the day after Easter. As many of you know, our amazing food service crew, have been coming in every Sunday to prepare for the Monday delivery. Our Food Service folks need to be with their families on Easter Sunday.
So we will bulk up the Good Friday meal delivery as best we can. No meal delivery on Monday, April 13, but we will be ready to go and delivering on Tuesday, April 14th, and throughout the length of the school closure.
The governor has not extended the school closure date as of yet. However, I think we should be prepared for schools to be closed for a longer period of time. The community has been great at practicing social distancing and it is very important that we all continue to do so. The war against the virus is a long distance event, not a sprint. Please remember that our food runners have been told to keep a distance of 10 feet. They love what they are doing to help our kids so let’s make sure we are doing our part to keep our heroes in the field safe.
I want to thank all of you who donated generously to the J-E food pantry and a special shout out to Sysco Food distributors for helping the food pantry out as well. I thought that was just wonderful.
Finally, I want to thank the Jordan-Elbridge Cub Scout Pack 102 for donating 50 boxes, I should say 50 sanitized boxes, of Girl Scout cookies, and hand written cards of support, also sanitized, to show their appreciation to all of our essential employees in our food service operation. I can tell you everyone was very touched by the show of support as I handed out boxes of cookies this morning.
Hang in there everyone – Be well. Eagle Pride!
Superintendent of Schools
UPDATE: March 26
Tips from the National Association of School Psychologists
A global pandemic naturally elevates everyone’s anxiety, including children. And many parents feel unsure about how to best approach such a troubling topic. The following tips, from the National Association of School Psychologists, serve as suggestions for how parents can help their children manage the stress they may be experiencing due to the pandemic:
- Stay calm, listen and offer reassurance.
- Monitor television viewing.
- Monitor social media activity.
- Take time to talk.
- Provide factual information.
- Establish and maintain routines.
- Stay connected to school.
- Model basic hygiene.
- Model healthy choices.
- Offer lots of TLC.
Should you be in need of greater support, please contact one of the principals and we will be certain to follow-up. Stay healthy and safe.
PK-12 School Counselors
UPDATE: March 23
Childcare options for healthcare workers and first responders in the JECSD
Please see the childcare options for healthcare workers and first responders in the Jordan-Elbridge Central School District below.
Jordan-Elbridge Daycare Providers
- Julie Vincent – 315-391-7150
- Kathy Gleason – 315-277-5335
- Debbie LeGrow – 315-689-5393
- JE Country Kids – 315-689-9686
- Wendy Williams – 315-689-7741 (can accommodate overnight care if needed)
- Child Care Solutions of Onondaga County 315-446-1220
UPDATE: March 17, 2020
Supports for Children, Adolescents, and Families
As you may know, we are checking in with students who are on our caseloads and offering personalized support. But we also want to extend assistance to the community at large as it’s only natural to be experiencing greater stress and anxiety because of recent complications to daily life.
Please be assured that community supports are available to meet your needs. We have a compiled a brief list for your easy reference.
JE School Counselors
- Onondaga County Department of Children and Family Services
- Cayuga County Department of Children and Family Services
- PEACE, Inc
- Jordan-Elbridge Ecumenical Food Pantry, Jordan, 315-689-6240 x115
- Brutus-Sennett Food Pantry, Weedsport, 315-834-6581
- Calvary Food Pantry, Auburn, 315-252-7772
- St. Alphonsus Food Pantry, Auburn, 315-252-0710
- Food Bank of Central New York, Syracuse, 315-437-1899
- Cayuga-Seneca Community Action Agency, Auburn, 315-255-1703
- Cayuga Counseling Services, Auburn, 315-253-9795
- ARISE Child and Family Services, Inc., Syracuse, (315) 472-3171
- Contact Community Services, Inc, East Syracuse, 315-251-1400
- Liberty Resources, Inc., Syracuse, 315-884-0039
- St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center, Syracuse, 315-703-2700
UPDATE: March 14, 2020
Dear Jordan-Elbridge CSD Community:
By now you are no doubt aware that the world around us is changing rapidly as a result of the coronavirus. As governments, businesses, sports, and other social groupings curtail events in effort to contain the virus’ spread and reduce the potential for individuals to be exposed, schools have been working diligently with state and local officials to do their part in keeping students and staff safe. Unfortunately, the time has come to close school.
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 until April 15, 2020, the Jordan-Elbridge Central School District will be closed. We are closing school along with every school district in the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES. This decision was not made lightly, and we know the impact and hardship this will present for our families and community; however, the risks of this virus to our school and community necessitates closure at this time.
Outlined below is our continuity plan:
- Curriculum: Teachers will begin lessons via distance learning this week. If you do not have internet service we will see that lessons are delivered to your home.
- Food Service: We will begin delivery of breakfast and lunch items on Monday, March 16th, 2020. Food will be distributed via our bus routes. When you see the bus, please come out and pick up your food. Meal deliveries will continue, Monday through Friday, for the duration of the school closure.
- Outside Groups: Our school buildings and facilities will be closed to all outside groups and individuals during this period of closure; this includes our fitness center. The entire district will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected during this time, and we need to limit individuals in our spaces as we undertake this important work.
- Medicine: Your student’s principal and our school nursing staff will be available during the first few days of this week to assist you in picking up any prescription your child may have in school that they might need access to during this closure time period.
- Support: We understand that this may be a challenging time for our students and some of them may want to speak to a school counselor or need some additional supports to feel successful during this time. We encourage you to reach out to the various schools should this be the case, and our team will do our best to provide the support needed.
Superintendent of Schools
UPDATE: March 13, 2020
Message from Superintendent James Froio
I wanted update all of you relative to our preparations in the event that school is closed for an extended period of time. First, I want to ensure all of you that I will not be canceling school or school events. I feel that the longer we can maintain a sense of normalcy at school the better off our students will be.
That being said, I think that it is likely that schools could be ordered to close by the Governor and/or the health departments. Therefore, our teachers have been preparing to offer their lessons via Google Classrooms and other distance learning measures. This is where we need your help.
- If you have no internet service, or very limited internet service, please contact us at 315-689-8500 and let your child’s building secretary know that you do not have internet service. Our teachers will then begin preparing paper and pencil lessons for these students.
NOTE: Spectrum to offer free high-speed internet to households with students
- If you have internet service but your child does not have access to a computer, or an IPAD, or a tablet, or a smart phone (as any of these devices will work for distance learning purposes) please call us at 315-689-8500 and let your child’s building secretary know that you have internet services but no devices. We will then arrange for you to sign out a device for your child’s use.
- If you have internet service and the devices that go along with it, you are good and will be set to go if and when the time comes.
Over the next few days and weeks you will hear from me and the building principals as we finalize our distance learning plans. Let’s hope we don’t need them. But we will be prepared to support our students if need be.
UPDATE: March 6, 2020: COVID-19 Update
While the Jordan-Elbridge Central School District does not have a confirmed case of COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in our schools, we are aware of concerns in the community about the spread of this relatively new virus.
The district is closely monitoring this fluid situation and following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Onondaga County Department of Health, Cayuga County Health Department and the New York State Education Department.
Based on recent reports, COVID-19 is not actively circulating in New York state at this time.
If the district becomes aware that a student or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19, it will immediately notify staff and parents/guardians. If a student or staff member shows respiratory symptoms, we will follow our current practices for handling respiratory illnesses, subject to any additional guidance forthcoming.
The district has infectious disease protocols in place and has been taking steps, such as cleaning and disinfecting throughout its schools, to minimize the spread of viruses and a variety of other illnesses.
There are a number of steps that students, staff and community members can take to minimize the spread of all respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, according to the state Department of Health:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Heavily soiled hands should be washed.
- 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 a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Local health departments will contact schools if a suspected or known COVID-19 case emerges. The district is prepared to work with any affected families.
Families are also encouraged to follow the CDC’s information for travel, available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html. For more information, consider consulting these additional resources:
- Update on COVID-19 for New York State Schools (Pre-K – 12)
- Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Travel: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
- COVID-19: What is Stigma and What Causes It?
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Frequently Asked Questions - Prevention
- Prevention, Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
The district will continue to share information as it becomes available.
Please know that, as always, the health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we will remain vigilant in our efforts to help prevent the spread of this illness.
Superintendent of Schools
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