COVID-19 UPDATE

Update as of April 6, 2020 – 2:00 p.m.

Dear Elmira City School District Families,

As you may have already read from Governor Cuomo’s announcement today, the New York State school closure mandate is now extended until April 29, 2020. Consistent with prior Executive Orders, if this closure is not extended, schools would reopen on April 29th.

Further, Regents Examinations for this June will be cancelled. We anticipate further guidance on graduation standards from the State Education Department this week. As you already know, grades 3-8 assessment tests have been cancelled.

Today begins what would have been Spring Break. We wanted to assure our families that our meal distribution program is continuing throughout this week. Please note that families can pick-up double breakfast and lunch on Thursday April 9 as Friday April 10 is observed as a holiday. Additionally, the Food Bank BackPacks will be delivered on Thursday April 9th to enrolled families ahead of the long weekend. Meal sites include all school buildings and three mobile sites at Golden Glow, East Hill and Wellsburg Fire Departments and are open from 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. We are grateful for our dedicated Food Services staff. From ensuring our students have access to free, balanced breakfast and lunch daily, to operating safe and healthy food distribution sites, the commitment of this team is immeasurable.

Finally, our instructional teams including both school administrators and classroom teachers, are engaging in professional learning this week to ensure a smooth transition into Phase 2 of instruction on April 13. Families will receive a letter in the mail soon that outlines expectations, instructions and guidelines for at-home learning. While participation in Phase 2 of the plan is not optional, we do understand there are varying levels of access to technology across the District. With questions regarding technology needs, please be in touch with your student’s building principal. Our educators will work individually with our families to ensure equity of access.

As we’ve learned throughout this process, there are many variables and announcements from the state that occur on a rapidly evolving pace. As we’ve done from the onset, we will continue to update our families with timely information.

As always, I encourage you to stay home, be well and keep learning! Go Express!

Thank you,

Hillary Austin
Hillary J. Austin
Superintendent of Schools
Elmira City School District

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Update, as of April 1, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Dear Elmira City School District Families,

I hope this message finds your family safe and healthy. As you know, Governor Cuomo’s most recent executive order will keep our schools closed until at least April 15, 2020 in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is our belief that while our community is working hard to maintain strict social distancing, it is likely that our schools will remain closed beyond that date.

As a District, it is important for us to plan for this unknown and the complex needs of our community. To best prepare, we most recently asked our families to complete a survey regarding distance learning opportunities. Our staff development team, principals, and administrators have engaged in hours of online meetings to understand your input and prepare for the move into our next phase of instruction. Our planning has focused on a shift from academic review and reinforcement to continuity learning (new learning) in Phase 2. I am confident that we can provide opportunities for our students to stay engaged, learn new material, and keep their skills fresh.

Phase 1 work and directions provided on March 16 are intended to continue through April 10, 2020. Beginning April 13, our Phase 2 of learning will offer three strong learning platforms, providing equity to all learners - online, print, and live sessions with our Elmira educators. Previously established e-learning platforms like Schoology will become a repository for students to access educational materials, lessons, and videos. Beginning April 13, our teachers will begin hosting virtual “office hours” as a way to connect with students. Teachers will work with our families collectively and individually to establish routines and schedules. This will likely look different based on grade level. Examples include K-6 work to be done and submitted on a rolling basis and secondary student work to be done by subject per essential standards. We will continue to leverage district approved home-to-school connection tools such as Remind, DoJo and our student learning platform, Schoology. While participation in Phase 2 of the plan is not optional, we do understand there are varying levels of access to technology across the District. Our educators will work individually with our families to ensure equity of access.

Our teachers continue to prepare diligently to educate all students under this new format. Parents and students will be receiving information from their teachers and building administrators soon by phone, email and postal mail.

I would like to thank our teachers and express our gratitude for their work to help our children. Helping our families through these uncharted waters continues to prove the collective strength and ingenuity of our community.

As the District tagline suggests, our family, school and community will succeed together! We have already overcome numerous challenges and we know there will be more to come. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility.

Be Well,

Hillary Austin
Hillary J. Austin
Superintendent of Schools
Elmira City School District

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Update, March 27, 2020 - 2:30 p.m.

Dear Elmira City School District Families,

I am writing with a few important updates regarding COVID-19 and the District’s extended school dismissal.

The Chemung County Health Department has notified the Elmira City School District that a staff member at Fassett Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The Elmira City School District staff member’s last day of contact in school was March 16, 2020. Please note that due to confidentiality laws, we are unable to release identifying information of the staff person. We are able to report that this staff member is home and recovering. All students and staff with potential exposure have already been notified.

As always, we encourage our families to monitor for symptoms and reach out to your health care provider if a member of your family shows symptoms. If you or your child develops symptoms please contact your health care provider for guidance. With questions, please feel free to reach out to the Chemung County Health Department at 607.737.2028.

Secondly, you may have read that Governor Cuomo has extended the school closure until at least April 15, 2020. As we receive further clarifying information from New York State, we will update our staff and families with the plan for the Elmira City School District. As we’ve done since the beginning, we will take our guidance and direction from our government officials.

As you may know, the state has suspended administration of grade 3-8 state assessments for the remainder of the school year. Additionally, High School Advanced Placement (AP) exams will be administered online. To date, we have not heard news on June Regents examinations from the State Education Department.

This is a time of uncertainty and many have asked about how to best talk to their children about COVID-19. In the case your student would like to talk to a counseling professional throughout the time of this closure, we have school counselors available for video and/or telephone communication. Should you wish to make a request for services for your child, please email covid19@elmiracityschools.com. Please include your student’s name and a phone number to contact you and a school counselor will return your call promptly.

We continue updating our Family Page with resources and links to educational materials. From daily physical education videos from our teachers to mental health strategies from our counselors and read-alouds from our classroom teachers, we encourage you to access the website daily for these supplemental learning opportunities for your students.

Finally, we will continue to offer food assistance to our families of Elmira. As a reminder, free breakfast and lunch are being distributed at each school building Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. In addition to our school feeding sites, we have three mobile feeding sites at the East Hill Fire Department, Wellsburg Fire Department and the Golden Glow Fire Departments. We know these feeding sites are essential to many and we are fortunate to have dedicated staff to help to continue to provide this service.

I will continue to be in touch and share important updates with you as we learn more.

Be well,
Hillary Austin
Hillary J. Austin
Superintendent of Schools
Elmira City School District

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Update, March 26, 2020 – 4:00 p.m.

Dear Elmira City School District Families,

We hope this finds you happy and healthy. As we all navigate our temporary ‘new normal,’ it is our goal as a District to maintain as much regularity as possible to our students and families. As you know, our children thrive in routines and our educators have worked hard on providing supplemental learning opportunities for our families to continue at home. These learning materials, by grade level, are posted on our District website under the Families tab at the top. Your children will also enjoy read-alouds that our elementary educators are posting on YouTube.

As we continue to plan for at-home learning materials, we will be conducting a survey to assess the needs of students to be able to continue to learn through home-based online instruction. This survey will be delivered to phone numbers and email addresses we have on file. This phone call will be delivered Friday morning after 9:00 a.m. We ask that you please answer these questions so we can assist you with your academic needs. Thank you for your time in completing this survey.

In addition to these learning opportunities, we continue to provide free breakfast and lunch at all of our school sites from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. each day. These meals are available to all students in Elmira 18 years and younger. Additionally, our three mobile feeding sites are open daily 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Monday through Friday, and are located at East Hill Fire Department, Golden Glow Fire Department, and Wellsburg Fire Department. Families who have received Food Bank bags on Fridays throughout the school year will receive those bags by delivery on Friday mornings.

The social and emotional well-being of our families is one of many of our priorities during this time of uncertainty. In the case your student would like to talk to a counseling professional throughout the time of this closure, we have school counselors available for video and/or telephone communication. Please email covid19@elmiracityschools.com and a member of District personnel will be in touch. Additionally, the New York State Office of Mental Health COVID-19 Emotional Support Line is staffed by specially trained volunteers who can help at 1-844-863-9314.

Be well.

Hillary Austin

Hillary J. Austin
Superintendent of Schools
Elmira City School District

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Update, March 20, 2020 - 12:30 p.m.

Dear Parents/Guardians of the Elmira City School District:

As we navigate this unchartered territory regarding COVID-19, we would like to inform you of a few items regarding the Elmira City School District’s extended student dismissal. District administration has been in regular communication with government and health officials and as we’ve done steadily, we continue to follow guidance from these officials.

First, we continue to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students, Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at each of our school buildings. These meals are available to any child, under the age of 18, in Elmira. Additionally, we have opened three mobile feeding sites at the East Hill Fire Department, Wellsburg Fire Department and the Golden Glow Fire Departments. We know these feeding sites are essential to many and we are fortunate to have dedicated staff to help to continue to provide this service.

We are also grateful to the Family Reading Partnership of Chemung Valley for their generosity in providing free books to our students. These books can be picked up at our school feeding sites during the time of pick-up.

If your child was not in school on Monday, your student’s reading materials have been placed in bags and are ready for you to pick-up at your student’s school during the times of food pick-up. Additional supplemental learning materials have been posted on the District's website. If you have questions, please remember that each of our school’s employee Family and Community Outreach Coordinators and, in addition to your school building leadership, they are an available resource and can be reached by email. Contact information is available at elmiracityschools.com/student_services

The social and emotional well-being of our families is one of many of our priorities during this time of uncertainty. Anxiety and uncertainty are natural responses for young people impacted by this global health situation. In the case your student would like to talk to a counseling professional throughout the time of this closure, we have school counselors available for video and/or telephone communication. Please email covid19@elmiracityschools.com and a member of District personnel will be in touch.

Finally, we are also working in partnership with the Chemung County Child Care Council to assist families during this time. The Council has updated information for parents about available childcare during school closings related to COVID-19. They will provide additional assistance for health care workers and first responders. To access this service, contact Chemung County Child Care Council at 607-734-3941 or www.chemchildcare.com.

We all have a social responsibility to follow the guidelines issued by our government officials. This is certainly an historic time for public education and our nation. Thank you for following the protocol to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Be well and take care,

Hillary Austin

Hillary J. Austin
Superintendent of Schools
Elmira City School District

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Update, March 18, 2020 - 12:15 p.m.


Dear Elmira City School District Families,

We are pleased to announce that beginning Thursday March 19, Elmira City School District Food Services will deploy three mobile feeding sites in the locations below. These mobile feeding sites are in addition to the feeding sites at all school building locations, open daily 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Monday through Friday, and are open to all students of Elmira ages 18 and under.

East Hill Fire Department
266 Jerusalem Hill Road
Elmira, NY

Golden Glow Fire Department
214 Hendy Creek Road
Pine City, NY

Wellsburg Fire Department
147 Main Street
Wellsburg, NY

Additionally, volunteers from the Family Reading Partnership of Chemung Valley have provided free books for students to take home at the time of food pick-up.

Another important update is regarding pre-kindergarten registration. Pre-K registration was originally scheduled for March 25-April 3, 2020. Pre – K registration will be combined with District-wide Kindergarten registration and will occur May 4th-May 15th, 2020. The registration will occur at Washington Avenue School, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Registration packets are available at each of our Pre-K – 2 buildings and by visiting our Pre-Kindergarten registration page under Student Services.

The Board of Education of the Elmira City School District will hold the regular board meeting virtually by Zoom online tonight at 6:00 p.m. To join the Zoom meeting, please visit https://zoom.us/j/358267871 and you’ll be prompted with instructions. Further, members of our community interested in running for the school board in the upcoming election, Board Packets will be available for pick-up at the District Administration Office at 430 W. Washington Ave. in Elmira, NY. These packets will be available for pick-up by appointment only. Interested parties are encouraged to call the District Office phone number at 607-735-3000 to make an appointment.

We are grateful to the many partners who have contacted the district, near and far, with their generous offers of support. As our families are aware, the school district is, in many ways, a cornerstone to their daily lives. During this time of uncertainty we are pulling from our strengths and focusing on the things we can do well. From assuring families of food security to continued learning opportunities, there are amazing people in this community helping to make it happen.

 As I've said all along, we appreciate your patience and understanding. Stay healthy!

Sincerely,

Hillary Austin

Hillary J. Austin
Superintendent of School

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Update, March 16, 2020 - 2:00 p.m.

Dear Elmira City School District Families and Community,

This afternoon feels a bit surreal as we suspend classroom and extra-curricular programs and begin this short hiatus from school. However, the health and safety of our students and staff is most important. We are grateful to our local government officials for their leadership during this time of uncertainty. It has been amazing to see the community rally together for the greater well-being of our region. I’ve been witness to the leadership of our dedicated officials who have made difficult yet decisive plans in a swift manner. This foundational work has allowed the school district to focus on what we do best – provide for the needs of our students and families.

In many ways, it feels as though the collaborative relationships we’ve built over the years with our community contingency has prepared us for this unprecedented era of global health. From meal distribution to book giveaways, counseling services and instructional support programs, the services we have in place for our families is plentiful. Please access the District’s website often for updates regarding food assistance, counseling services, and supplemental learning resources:

Food Assistance Information: https://www.elmiracityschools.com/news/what_s_new/kids_eat_free__meal_assistance
• Counseling Support Services throughout Closure: https://www.elmiracityschools.com/news/what_s_new/ways_to_talk_to_kids_about_the_coronavirus
• Supplemental Learning Materials: https://www.elmiracityschools.com/families_and_students


Although nothing can replace the direct classroom instruction provided by our teaching staff, we do know that it’s best for our families and students to follow the clear guidance from local and state health authorities. It’s worth repeating that we all have a social responsibility to follow the guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control, like keeping social distance, washing hands well and often using soap, disinfecting high touch surfaces and covering coughs and sneezes properly.

During this time of school closure, we want to ensure there are open lines of communication between our schools and families. That said, there will be a limited number of staff on duty to take phone calls. We encourage you to continue accessing most up-to-date information on the website at www.elmiracityschools.com/covid-19 or by emailing the covid19@elmiracityschools.com address.

It is our intent to serve our families and staff in the most meaningful ways possible. Thank you for your support through these unprecedented times.

Sincerely,
Hillary Austin
Hillary. J. Austin
Superintendent of Schools
Elmira City School District

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Update, March 15, 2020 – 4:00 p.m.Kids Eat Free

Dear Elmira City School District Families,

As promised, we have two important updates for our families regarding food assistance and supplemental instructional planning throughout the school closure.

Supplemental Learning Materials for Home

Monday March 16, teachers will distribute resources and activities intended to help our students stay engaged in learning during the closure. This is material for students to do at home by themselves or with support from an adult or an older sibling throughout the suspension of school.

These assignments and activities are focused on review and enrichment for all students, and are tailored to individual grade levels, kindergarten through 12. This material is not meant to replace in-person classroom instruction and will not be graded or count as extra credit.

Current student learning software will be available through the district website, under the Families and Students section. We will be posting grade level folders on the district website as a resource for parents and students to use during this period of time. This information can be found here: https://www.elmiracityschools.com/families_and_students.

We also encourage our students to read during this time. As we become aware of additional activities and resources that our students and families might find useful, we will post them to our website and social media.

Food Assistance

The Elmira City School District received approval from New York State Child Nutrition Program Administration to provide “grab-and-go” meals for children while school is not in session.

As a District, we understand the educational disruption the next few weeks will cause. Moreover, we understand the hundreds of students who depend on the free meals they get at school. It is our commitment to provide continuity of the free meal service throughout the coming weeks.

Pre-packaged breakfast and lunch will be available at all schools for pick-up, Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., at all school locations throughout the school suspension. Children 18 and under are eligible to participate and can pick-up food from any feeding site location.

Each site will have a bright yellow or green flag with the words “Summer Feeding Program” and will be placed on school grounds just outside the pick-up location. Meal sites will provide one (1) breakfast and (1) lunch per student. The menu items will follow the typical meal pattern with grain, protein, fruit and/or vegetable, milk. Examples include PBJ sandwiches or yogurt and string cheese, assorted fruit, and other items.

At this point, it’s likely that menus will not be available on the website. For those familiar with the Summer Food Service Program, the meals will be very similar.
The meals will be to-go and provided for students to take home and consume.

There will not be an on-site dining area. In the event you are unable to access meals you need, please contact the school district.

During this time, we appreciate the ongoing support from our families and community. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out.

ELMIRA CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT FEEDING SITES

 Meals Served Daily, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.   Pick-up Locations at Schools
   
 Beecher  Library Entrance
 Broadway Elementary and Broadway Academy  Auditorium Hallway Entrance
 Coburn  Main Entrance
 Diven  Cafeteria Entrance
 Ernie Davis Academy  Cafeteria Entrance
 Elmira High School  Main Entrance
 Fassett  Library Entrance
 Hendy  Main Entrance
 Pine City  Main Entrance
 Riverside  Main Entrance

Thank you,
Hillary Austin
Hillary J. Austin
Superintendent of Schools
Elmira City School District

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Update, March 14, 2020 - 1:01 p.m.

Dear Elmira City School District Families and Staff,

Under advisement of the New York State Department of Health and by order of Chemung County Executive Chris Moss regarding the suspension of all classroom and extra-curricular functions for prevention efforts against COVID-19, the Elmira City School District will be closed for students beginning Tuesday, March 17 through April 13. If at the end of spring recess, the situation is deemed clear by health officials, students will report Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

Schools are scheduled for regular session on Monday, March 16 in order for students and staff to prepare for this extended suspension of classroom and extra-curricular functions. Students will be dismissed at the end of the school day March 16 until schools reopen. Monday, April 13, 2020 will be a Superintendent’s Conference Day.

Pre-packaged breakfast and lunch will be available at all schools for pick-up, Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., at all school locations throughout the school suspension. Children who are enrolled in the Elmira City School District, along with their siblings under the age of 18 that reside in the same household, are eligible to participate. Detailed information regarding food distribution will be available on the District’s website on Monday, March 16, 2020.

In the next few days, we will be following up with information for staff and for parents regarding educational programming and other important items regarding this closure.

Thank you for your concern for our children and their safety. We encourage everyone to take precautions during this time by reducing travel, maintaining social distance, and practicing good hand hygiene.

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Update, March 13, 2020 - 2:00 p.m.


Cancellations, Effective Immediately:

-School-sponsored travel, including field trips, will be discontinued until further notice.
-Field trips, school-sponsored staff and student travel to off-campus professional development or conferences,
-All fine and performing arts events are cancelled through April 14th.
-All Spring Athletics may PRACTICE ONLY. (No formal events or scrimmages until further guidance).
-All Outside Organizations are now PROHIBITED from using the school facilities until further notice.
-The Junior Prom will be postponed at this time
-Hendy Craft Show will be postponed at this time

A full list of Frequently Asked Questions has been posted below.  Further cancellation updates will be posted by Monday March 16, 2020.

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Update, March 13, 2020 - 2:00 p.m.

Dear Elmira City School District Families,

It is our goal to provide up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 to our families. As you are aware, many updates are being announced at a rapid rate. Please be assured that on behalf of the school district and families, we are in constant communication with our local and state officials. In addition, we have set up an email address for our families and community members to utilize if you have questions or concerns, specific to Coronavirus. The email address is covid19@elmiracityschools.com. Our Central Office team will be monitoring this email address and responding accordingly.

As of the date and time of this letter, a list of Frequently Asked Questions has been posted to our District website. You can download the document PDF by clicking here. The information posted will answer many of your important and meaningful questions regarding the status of school and related activities. It is important to note that, as we receive guidance from state and federal agencies, our status will evolve quickly. Please check-back frequently to our website for updated information.

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended their recommendations to practice social distancing in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We are working on a full list of cancellations and postponements that will be posted on our website by the end of the weekend. In the meantime, the following cancellations and postponements have been determined:

• No field trips until further notice
• No staff or student travel to off-campus professional development or conferences until further notice
• All fine and performing arts events are cancelled through April 14th
• All spring athletics may PRACTICE ONLY. (No formal events or scrimmages until further guidance)
• All outside organizations are now PROHIBITED from using the school facilities until further notice
• Junior Prom - postponed
• Hendy Craft Show - postponed

All outside groups who were scheduled to use our facilities this weekend have been notified that they will be unable to continue until further notice. We will continue to keep you updated as new information is shared with us by governing parties.

The social and emotional well-being of our community is in the forefront of our minds. We’d like to remind you of resources, available on the website of the Centers for Disease Control, which provides guidance on how best to talk about this with our children and answer their questions honestly and accurately. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html

We are carefully considering the implications related to the impact of our families during this time. From school-based meals to instructional resources, our administrative team is working with our strong team of partners locally and at the state level to provide as much continuity as possible during this time.

This is a time of unrest for many of us and we thank you in advance for your patience as we navigate this unprecedented territory. The well-being of our students, families and community is our top priority. We are all here to support one another and our students.

Sincerely,
Hillary Austin
Hillary J. Austin
Superintendent of Schools
Elmira City School District


Update, March 11, 2020 - 12:30 p.m.


Dear Elmira City School District Families and Staff,

As we track the Coronavirus, now called COVID-19, it is our goal to communicate with our families regularly to ensure access to accurate and up-to-date information. Our planning efforts are coordinated with our county and state agencies. Please keep in mind that there is a large volume of information circulating in the news. We continue to add helpful links to our website as a resource for factual information from our partnering agencies. Please continue visiting this webpage for updates.

Schools, working together with health departments, play an important role to ensure students have safe and healthy learning environments. Our school health staff and administration have been meeting regularly with the Chemung County Health Department and regional medical community to discuss precautions, protocols and planning. We will continue to collaborate, share information, and review plans with local health officials to help protect the whole school community. As necessary, we will send information home to our families. This is a good time to make sure the District has your most recent contact information so that we can reach you effectively.

Health officials advise to continue diligent healthy steps recommended to help reduce the spread of seasonal illnesses, such as frequent hand-washing, diligent disinfection of frequently touched surfaces, and covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue. These effective strategies build on our everyday school policies and practices. We also encourage you to teach and reinforce these strategies at home. It’s also important to underscore that we all have a responsibility to stay home when sick. We encourage you to consult with your physician to understand when it is safe for you and/or your child to return to school and work, both for your family’s health and for the health of the rest of the school and community.

As public conversations around COVID-19 increase, children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear. CDC has created guidance to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease. Please visit their website for further information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html.

As always, please feel free to reach out to our District Administration Offices or District Health Personnel with further questions or concerns. Thank you for your understanding and support as we address this health issue together.

Regards,
Hillary J. Austin
Hillary J. Austin
Superintendent of Schools
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Update, March 4, 2020 - 2:00 p.m.

Dear Elmira City School District Families and Staff,

As we continue to learn more about the Coronavirus, now named COVID-19, we will continue to share updates from our local, regional and federal agency partners. Below is a helpful link to the CDC's guidance for schools planning document:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-for-schools.html

Regards,
Hillary J. Austin
Hillary J. Austin
Superintendent of Schools
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Update, February 28, 2020 - 12:30 p.m.

Dear Elmira City School District Parents/Guardians and Staff,

We understand staff, parents, and students may have questions and concerns about the coronavirus disease, now called COVID-19. As we track the Coronavirus, we are writing to share important updates that we have received from the Center for Disease Control and others that we feel will be helpful to our families.

Our school health staff and administration works closely with the Chemung County Health Department and our regional medical community to ensure we have the most up to date information. Our Health Services office follows guidance provided by the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Education Department. The precautions, protocols and planning we undertake as a District are in accordance with guidelines from these governing health agencies and medical professionals. Health officials advise to continue the diligent steps recommended for seasonal outbreaks of the flu, such as frequent hand-washing, diligent disinfection of frequently touched surfaces, covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue and encouraging staff and students to stay home when sick, are important to prevent the spread of contagious health conditions.

Student safety is our top priority. Please be assured that all of our District cleaning staff have been trained in the proper procedures for the cleaning and disinfection of school buildings. Our cleaners have appropriate disinfecting and cleaning supplies to use when cleaning our schools. They are vigilant when cleaning, especially contact surfaces such as door knobs, counters, physical education equipment, etc.

This is an emerging, rapidly changing public health situation. We encourage you to keep up to date about COVID-19, its treatment and prevention by visiting the following websites:

Download the Coronavirus Fact Sheet from the Chemung County Health Department

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html


https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

https://www.health.ny.gov/contact/contact_information

www.schoolhealthny.com

https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/pdf/handwashing-poster.pdf


https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html

Regards,
Hillary J. Austin
Hillary J. Austin
Superintendent of Schools