Covid-19 Updates

Message from the St. Amelia School Reopening Committee

6/25/20

Dear Valued Saint Amelia Community:

As we bring the 2019-20 academic year to a close I wanted to update you on the progress Saint Amelia School has made in preparation for the return to school in September. A committee of stakeholders consisting of parents, school board members, teachers and administration has been created in order to develop a comprehensive reopening plan to ensure the safety of all faculty, staff and students when in-school instruction resumes using Diocesan, State and Federal guidance. The members of this committee include Mr. Kapperman, Mrs. Larson, Father Sibby, Father Peter, Mrs. O’Day, Mrs. Monaco, Mrs. Scime, Mr. Likos, Mrs. Naab, Mrs. Coleman and Mrs. Allen. This plan will also be shared with the district medical director.

Over the past few weeks, we have begun the process of reviewing various technologies that will be required in order to screen individuals upon building entry or exit to ensure that no one is in the building while sick with a fever. While this sort of procedure may make us uncomfortable, the committee assures you that the process will be developed with regard to personal privacy and dignity and shared with everyone well in advance of the start of the school year.

In addition, all school spaces are currently being set up in order to ensure that social distancing is observed. some examples include spacing of students’ desks in classrooms, rearranging cafeteria furniture and utilizing the Don Miller as cafeteria overflow, restructuring encore classes, marking off stairwells to be one-way, adding social distancing indicators in areas where students will line up such as outside bathrooms and the cafeteria, etc.

All local school district transportation departments have been contacted and we are working closely with them to develop a procedure to ensure that students are safely picked up, transported to and taken home from school each day.

The committee is currently in the process of reviewing various samples of school reopening plans and would like to allow you the opportunity to share your questions and concerns with us as well so that we may answer them. a Google form has been created that will allow you to send your questions, concerns and suggestions to the committee for consideration. It can be reached at the following link:

https://bit.ly/3843p9z

As we work diligently to finalize the plan for the reopening of Saint Amelia School in September, we will continue to provide periodic updates to you on the progress of our planning throughout the summer. Please understand that as Saint Amelia School plans to reopen in September, we cannot announce specific plans until we have official guidance from New York State and the CDC.

sincerely,

The Saint Amelia Reopening Committee

Message from the Principal

6/8/20

Dear Valued SAS Community:

As we approach the end of what is sure to be one for the academic as well as historical record books, I first wanted to thank each and every one of you for your support of Saint Amelia School as well as the faculty, staff and administration as we worked tirelessly to ensure your child received the best possible education possible given the circumstances in place. This year has been one where we have all needed to lean on our faith in God, ourselves and one another. Much has happened this year and it is worth reflecting on the following: “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary, but to one without faith, no explanation is possible.”  As we move into the summer months and some time for rest and reflection, I encourage you to recite this Disciples Prayer for Faith: Jesus, I believe in You and in Your promise of everlasting life. Give me the strength to live my life as a reflection of You and the courage to respond to doubt and fear with confidence and unquestioning faith. Be with me always every day in every way. In Your name I pray. Amen. Below you will find some final updates for the year that are important to take note of.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: The morning announcements for the 2019-20 academic year have ended as of Friday, June 5, 2020. I want to thank the faculty, staff and administration that have assisted in the delivery of these over the past several months.

DLP SURVEY: As mentioned last week, a survey to solicit feedback on this year’s distance learning plan will be sent out within a week or so. We will use this information to refine our plan for the next time it is needed. Please take some time to complete this survey and help us to develop the most effective and seamless remote instructional plan possible.

STAR TESTING: Generally during the final weeks of school, your child is administered a STAR test in reading and math in order to assess your child’s educational gains over the course of the year. This benchmark testing is the culmination of our yearly progress monitoring and assists us with developing the most relevant leveled instruction and educational supports for your child when we return in the fall. I am asking each parent to make sure your child completes these two online tests. It is important that you do not assist with the answers. This is not a graded test, just a tool for educational placement. Specific instructions will be sent out within the next day or so. Thank you in advance for helping us complete this very important evaluation.

SUPPLY PICK-UP: Please remember that the supply pick-up/school material drop-off is set to occur on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Your designated time to arrive and the directions once you do were sent in an earlier email communication. It is imperative that you follow all guidance located within that document and arrive only during your designated time. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

SUMMER CAMP: There has been much discussion regarding the annual summer camp and if it will be held at SAS this summer. As you can imagine, there is so much that must go into this decision. At this time I am finalizing the collection of the information that will be needed and I will be sending out a final notice regarding the status of the summer camp by tomorrow morning so that you are able to make an informed decision about the care of your child during the summer months.

SUMMER PACKET:  Once we hit the midpoint of the summer break, you will be receiving a detailed summer packet from SAS. Please keep your eye out for this very important packet as it will contain a lot of information regarding the start of school in September. I of course will continue to provide periodic updates as warranted throughout the summer months as well so please be sure to check your email.

Have a blessed day,

Mr. K

Message from the Superintendent

6/10/20
This will be the final regular COVID-19 closure update of the 2019-20 school year, though we will continue to communicate with our school district families as needed. This will also be my final update as Superintendent of Schools, as I will be retiring at the end of this month. I have been honored to serve as Superintendent, and I thank you all for your support and hard work over the past three and a half years. Please join me in welcoming Sabatino Cimato, our new Superintendent of Schools, who was appointed by the Board of Education and will begin in this position on July 6.
We began publishing these weekly updates and messages beginning on Sunday, March 22 after the very first week of the COVID-19 closure. The situation was rapidly developing, and there was a great deal of information to communicate with families. We also wished to highlight the amazing work taking place by our students, families, and staff. Over the past 12 weeks, it has been truly inspiring to see all of your hard work and efforts during this unprecedented situation. You have all demonstrated extraordinary resilience and resourcefulness in meeting this challenge.
There is a great deal of work ahead. Faculty, staff, and administrators are busy closing out the 2019-20 school year, planning for the reopening of our school district facilities, and making preparations for the 2020-21 school year. There are still a lot of unknowns, but I am certain that the challenges ahead are nothing this community cannot overcome.
Looking back to those early days in March, as this public health crisis began emerging here in the U.S., it would have been difficult to imagine what lay before us. It was one of the greatest challenges our school district community has ever had to face, and we faced it together. To our students, families, and staff, please accept my sincere thanks for all of your cooperation, patience, and hard work. I wish you all the very best this summer.
– Steve Bovino,
Superintendent of Schools