March 19: Childcare for essential healthcare and emergency workers

Are you an essential healthcare worker or first responder and need child care?

One of our priorities as a community is to ensure that our parents who are either essential health care providers or first responders have the necessary child care supports in place so that they can continue working outside of the home.

Essential healthcare workers may include licensed health professionals such as physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, LPNs and nurse assistants or laboratory personnel and direct support professionals. First responders may include paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, and firefighters.

If you are an essential healthcare provider or first responder who requires childcare support during our current school closure please take a few minutes to complete the survey below so that the District can assist you. Please note that if you are an essential healthcare worker or first responder and you do not require child care, it is not necessary for you to fill out the survey.

If this is applicable to your family, please complete this survey by Friday, March 20 and the District will be in contact with you to provide a list of child care resources.

Thank you, to all our families, for your support and partnership.

Survey Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1pr-YF4mY9lxFfXYf0v84rKrhRNOkUtKPRXqwXyhMBhc/edit?ts=5e73be1f

March 17

Remote Learning Information

The Florida Union Free School District has developed a Google site to assist students and families with remote learning. Here you will find information for technical assistance, helpful videos and a variety of resources available to everyone.

You can also access the site through the link at the top of this page, and by going to your child’s school webpage and clicking on the REMOTE LEARNING school link.

March 16

School Meals

School Meals for the District will be served at S.S.Seward Institute beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

Breakfast and lunch will be available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-12 a.m.  Parents and Guardians will drive up to the Main Entrance, pick up meals and leave campus.  If your child has an allergy, please state that upon arrival.   This system will follow social distancing recommendations.

Academic Resources

Academic resources will be posted online. The District will be following guidance from the New York State Department of Education and tentatively plans to initiate remote learning Monday, March 23. There will be additional information sent out as it becomes available.

Building Hours

Starting Wednesday, March 18, the buildings will be closed except during school meal pick up.

Questions

Please utilize email to contact employees and ask questions.  Main Offices will be closed.

Golden Hill Elementary March 16 Update: Chromebooks pickup schedule

A Message from Principal Deborah Lisack

Good afternoon everyone,

We hope you are doing well.

We are making Golden Hill available for student access to pick up  Chromebooks, (sign forms if needed) and/or classwork  on Tuesday, March 17. Pickup will be by grade in the cafeteria.

We need all to move as quickly and safely as possible. If you need access to any items of importance from a classroom/cubby please let one of our staff know when you arrive.  Pickup beyond tomorrow’s date is not guaranteed, as NYS has ordered all schools closed as of Wednesday.

We need your cooperation with the schedule below so that we can we abide by “social distancing” guidelines.  We may need to ask you to wait as people cycle through the building.

Chromebook and student items pickup schedule by grade level:

  •  Prekindergarten — 8:30-9 a.m.
  • Kindergarten — 9-9:30 a.m.  –
  • Grade 1 — 9:30-10 a.m.
  • Grade 2 — 10-10:30 a.m.
  • Grade 3 — 10:30-11 a.m.
  • Grade 4 — 11-11:30 a.m.
  • Grade 5 — 11:30 a.m.-12 noon

If you are unable to meet this schedule, we will reopen between 4-5 p.m. and provide you the same access.

Any questions in relation to special education can be addressed to: jpavlik@floridaufsd.org

Continue to monitor student and home email, and check our District Corona virus and resources page for the latest updates.

Teachers will be communicating via email and other electronic means. I remain available via email at: dlisack@floridaufsd.org

Be well!

Debbi Lisack

S.S.S. Institute March 16 Update:  Chromebooks pickup  schedule

A Message from Principal Michael Rheaume

Good afternoon, Spartans:

We hope you are doing well.

We will make Seward available for student access to pick up needed items on Tuesday, March 17.  Some items may be on tables (by grade) in the lobby. Students should plan to take most, if not all, items from their personal and PE lockers.  Access to lockers beyond tomorrow’s pickup is not guaranteed, as NYS has ordered all schools closed as of Wednesday.

We need your cooperation in following the schedule that appears below so that we do not have too many people present at once. We may need to ask you to wait as people cycle through the building.  We are asking that you adhere to the “social distancing” guidelines that have been circulated.

Student items pickup schedule is by last name:

  • A-C — 9-9:30 a.m.
  • D-F —  9:30-10 a.m.
  • G-J — 10-10:30 a.m.
  • K-L — 10:30-11 a.m.
  • M-O — 11-11:30 a.m.
  • P-R  — 11:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.
  • W-Z — 12:30-1 p.m.

If you are unable to meet this schedule, we will re-open between 6-7 p.m. and provide the same access.

Any questions in relation to special education can be addressed to: jpavlik@floridaufsd.org

Continue to monitor student and home email, and check our District Corona virus and resources page for the latest updates.

Teachers will be communicating via email and other electronic means.  We are likely to hold Google-based office hours so that you may contact us in person.

We remain available via email at: mrheaume@floridaufsd.org or susanmoore@floridaufsd.org

Go Spartans!

S. Moore & M. Rheaume

March 14 Update

A message from the administrative team

Dear Seward school community,

We hope you are all doing well. We wanted to update you about the next few days, knowing we will be sending out other communications as we get through this time away from school.

Medications

If any medications are at either school that are needed, our school nurses will contact you to arrange for pick up.

Faculty and staff

Schools will NOT be open for students to pick up needed items on Monday. Monday will be used by our teachers to meet and finalize plans.

Student items and Chromebooks

We will welcome students to pick up items from Seward on Tuesday, Golden Hill on Wednesday (including Chromebooks). Please bring your Chromebook sign out forms with you if you have not returned them.

CSE meetings

All CSE meetings scheduled for Monday will be rescheduled. You will be contacted with the new time and date.

Forthcoming…

A schedule for each day is forthcoming, but please know we will stagger access so that we do not have a large number of people in each school at once. You may be asked to wait to access the school when you arrive.

Please be sure to check your student email, home email and our website regularly to remain updated.

Thank you for your support and Spartan grit. We will get through this together!

Administrative Team

March 13 Update

Florida schools closed through Friday, March 27

A letter from Superintendent Jan Jehring

Dear Families and Staff Members of the Florida Union Free School District:

Together, we are facing an unprecedented health crisis in our community. For weeks, we have been following the explicit guidance of the Centers for Disease Control, New York Department of Health, the Orange County Department of Health, and the New York State Department of Education, by implementing preventative and responsive strategies to help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The departments of health have been in
daily contact with us, providing important guidance on decisions to help ensure the health and well-being of our students, staff, and community.

Today, Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus issued an executive order calling on schools within Orange County to close for the next two weeks. This is an action which serves as a precautionary measure against the transmission of COVID-19.

As a result of this order I am closing all Florida Union Free Schools for the next two weeks effective immediately. This includes all before/after school and extra-curricular activities. Tentatively, schools will reopen on Monday, March 30. Information regarding possible work and activities to do at home will be forthcoming in the upcoming days.

All district and building level staff (teachers, support staff, cafeteria, etc) are to report to work on Monday.

This is a rapidly evolving situation, and we will continue to provide our families with updates as information becomes available. We have daily, sometimes hourly, communications with health officials from Orange Counties and are following their directions carefully. Should they issue further guidance on extending the duration of the closure, families will be notified immediately.

Please visit our website frequently. We will be releasing updates as often as we can.

I can appreciate the myriad of emotions that surround the current COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. I would like to thank our families for their support, patience, and adaptability during this challenging time. Again, please stay tuned for any further updates as they develop.

You can view County Executive Steve Neuhaus’ Executive Order here.

Sincerely,

Jan Jehring
Superintendent of Schools

March 12 Afternoon Update

A Message from Superintendent Jan Jehring: Florida schools closed Friday, March 13

We were informed earlier this evening that a member of a household connected to our schools is under quarantine while awaiting test results for the coronavirus/COVID-19.

While there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in our District at this time, as a precautionary measure the Florida Union Free School District will be closed tomorrow, Friday, March 13, 2020. This closure is in effect for all students including those attending out-of-district programs.

Our administrative team is in close contact and coordination with the Orange County Department of Health and the District’s Medical Director. We will continue to monitor this situation to determine if any additional action is needed beyond tomorrow’s closing.

As of now, classes will resume on Monday, March 16. In the event of a change, we will inform you through the District’s notification system and continue to post all updates on this dedicated page. If you have any questions, please consult the information and resources section.

We thank you for your patience and understanding and for your help in keeping our students and community healthy and safe.

March 12 Morning Update

A letter from Superintendent Jan Jehring

Dear Parents and Guardians:

I am writing this letter to provide an update on the prevention and preparation measures the Florida Union Free School District is taking in relation to COVID-19. We are following the guidance of the New York State Education Department (NYSED), New York State Department of Health and the Orange County Department of Health. While I do not have many answers about what the future will hold, I want to share more details about the preparations we are making and what would happen in the event of an exposure.

Prevention and Preparation

  • Increasing cleaning protocols of common areas during the day and after school hours.
  • Based on the latest guidance from the Orange County Department of Health we are limiting large gatherings. School activities that involve large numbers of participants will be postponed.
  • The use of the school buildings outside of school activities will be limited beginning Monday, March 16 until further notice.
  • Monitoring the use of emergency days and the steps NYSED will take in the event of an extended closure.
  • Monitoring the guidance from NYSED regarding supporting instruction from home. This has not been released yet. Although we are unclear of the guidance, we are making preparations to support education remotely in the event of an extended school closure.
  • Reviewing all field trips and making adjustments as needed.

Exposure to COVID-19

In the event of a suspected case of COVID-19 we will follow the guidance from NYSED and the NYS Health Department and will work closely with the Orange County Department of Health to determine the level of exposure and appropriate measures. This type of situation would be handled swiftly and shared with the school community as quickly as possible to limit any additional exposure.

In the event of a confirmed case in our school buildings, there will be a school closure and extensive disinfection. The length of the closure will depend on the circumstance and may be extended. We are committed to taking all of the steps possible to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the situation and take additional measures as appropriate. Our first priority continues to be the health and safety of the members of the school community.

I would like to thank our staff, faculty, students and  their families for their continued understanding and cooperation through this uncertain time. Ours is a community that comes together around shared challenges and shared achievements. We appreciate your continued support for one another and for our children in particular.

Sincerely,

Jan Jehring
Superintendent of Schools

March 6

A letter from Superintendent Jan Jehring

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are writing to provide you with an update about the Coronavirus Disease 2019, also known as COVID-19, and the District’s efforts to ensure the health and safety of all students in our buildings.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting that for most of the American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.

Furthermore, the Orange County Department of Health (OCDOH) has informed us that, to date, no cases have been confirmed in Orange County.

The Florida Union Free School District is working closely with OCDOH and other county agencies to monitor the situation and develop a coordinated and comprehensive public health plan to ensure we are prepared if cases arise in our community. The District will be prepared to implement public health recommendations as required.

The District is taking the following steps is response to this health situation:

  • Increased cleaning protocols.
  • Closely monitoring the situation in the state and in the region.
  • Developing plans in the event of school closure.

As a best practice for overall health in cold and influenza season, the CDC, New York State Department of Health and Orange County Department of Health recommends that individuals receive the influenza vaccination
and engage in everyday, preventive measures to prevent the spread of germs and avoid illness, such as:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers,
  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick. The CDC recommends that individuals remain home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever or signs of a fever (i.e., chills, feeling warm, flushed appearance).
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately discard the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

In planning travel over spring break, please refer to the CDC website for travel alerts for affected areas. If you plan to travel to an affected area, the Orange County Department of Health has requested you notify school officials of travel plans. If you or a member of your family return home and become ill with flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough or short of breath, please call your healthcare provider prior to arrival and inform them of your recent travel.

This is an emerging, rapidly changing situation. For general questions about COVID-19, please contact the New York State Department of Health Novel Coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065. For Orange County residents
including students, parents, and guardians who have recently traveled outside the U.S. and/or may have had any exposure to individuals with COVID-19 who have questions regarding COVID-19, please contact the Orange County Department of Health at 845-291-2330.

Sincerely,

Jan Jehring
Superintendent of Schools

March 3

Given the continuing public health concerns worldwide surrounding cases of COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), the Florida UFSD feels it is important to share information about our efforts related to both prevention and preparedness.

First, as with all other matters related to public health, we will monitor this situation and follow guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Orange County Department of Health and the New York State Education Department.

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.

In addition, we recognize that this situation can generate anxiety for children and families and make for a difficult subject. For that reason, our list of information resources includes the National Association of School Psychologists’ guidelines for parents on how to talk to children about the virus.

There are also a number of steps that students, staff and community members can take to minimize the spread of all respiratory illnesses, including coronavirus, 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.

If you or a family member begin showing symptoms of a respiratory disease and suspect it may be COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. Before going to your healthcare provider’s office, inform them that a case of COVID-19 is suspected, and follow their advice.

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.