Parent/Guardian Information: Online Instruction and More Information During Covid-19 Closure

Preparedness is key to success, and Gananda Central School District has worked to prepare for online instruction during our closure through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  As part of our preparedness plan, we have compiled a list of helpful documents and links in a single location below for parents and guardians.  We will add/update information to this page as needed.
 

Instructional Information:

  • Online Instruction will begin on Monday, March 23.
  • Distance Learning: Gananda Central School District will be utilizing a Distance Learning Rubric beginning Monday, April 13, 2020 to provide a standardized guide for learning in grades K-12. This will help provide teachers and students guidelines on expectations and performance evaluations to ultimately contribute to course completion.
  • Online Instruction Technology Support/Information
  • Parent/Guardian At-Home Academic Guide: The Parent/Guardian At-Home Academic Support Guide is to help provide a better understanding of the types of activities your students may participate in through our school closure. Teachers will communicate and provide activities for our students, but this will provide you with a background about some of the options of learning from home.
  • Assistance with Digital Access: If you do not currently have access to internet service, please reach out to the district office at: 315-986-3521 ext. 8-4313.
  • Gananda Digital System Cheat Sheet 
  • Schoology: Schoology offers students a robust learning platform that puts assignments, materials, and grades in one location. With the Schoology mobile app, due dates and assignment materials are at their fingertips. Teachers can review student work and provide feedback through the system. As a parent, you are able to view your child’s activity within the platform. This will be essential if we need to go to an online learning platform due to a long-term closing. Parent Login and Information about Schoology can be found on our website. Student Login for Schoology is also on our website, but is different as it is linked directly to a student's Google Account.
  • ABC Mouse: ABCmouse.com is offering free access with code "AOFLUNICEF" during the school closure. Adventure Academy (3rd - 8th grade) can be accessed with code "SCHOOL7771."

Gananda Central School District Event Cancellations: 

A complete list of Gananda Central School District Event Cancellations and Postponements for the remainder of the 2020 school year will be updated as needed.

Breakfast and Lunch Program:

A program to provide breakfast and lunch to students (ages 3-18) will be available starting on Wednesday, March 18. For those interested, pick up will be held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11am-1pm at Richard Mann Elementary. To participate, drive through the elementary bus loop and someone will bring the food directly to your car. If you are interested in a delivery option, please contact Lori Brown at LBrown@gananda.org.  **Please note: There will be no food distribution on Monday, May 25.  We will distribute breakfast and lunch on Tuesday, May 26 instead.
 

Gananda Mental Health Helpline:

In an effort to support students who may be struggling with the impacts of school closure and events taking place related to the COVID-19 virus, starting Monday, March 23rd there will be a Gananda mental health faculty member available via phone from 9:00-11:00 AM and 12:00-2:00 PM Monday through Friday. 

 To access this resource, please follow these steps:

  • Dial (315)986-3521, press 8 and then dial 4401
  • Please leave your name, your student’s name, grade level, phone number (including area code) and a brief description of your needs

Within 30 minutes of your phone call, you will receive a return phone call from a Gananda mental health faculty member offering support and resources.  If you call outside the designated times, you will receive a call back after 9:00 AM the following morning or the following Monday if the call is after 2:00 PM on Friday. 

Please note: you will not be able to request a specific staff member. This is not an academic support line. You should contact your student’s teacher(s) directly for any academic questions or concerns.

This is not the appropriate number to call if you are having a mental health emergency. If you are having a mental health emergency, please call 911, the National Mobile Crisis Support Center at 211 and/or your primary care physician.

Covid-19 Mental Health Tip Sheet

Child Care Services:

Gananda Central School District, in partnership with Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES, is working with The Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) to find appropriate childcare for those in need of assistance due to essential job requirements during mandated closures because of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are a parent or caregiver who needs assistance with child care, plese complete the survey linked below. Based on the information you provide about your job, employer, number of children, and financial need, OCFS may be able to help you find the child care program you need. It may be a challenge to find child care due to COVID-19 related program closures, however, the staff at OCFS are trying their best to support families to find the high-quality child care needed.

  • If you are a parent or caregiver who needs child care, please complete the survey linked below:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3HSNNYJ

  • A list of regional child care facilities can be found here: https://bit.ly/2Wqu3FQ
  • If you are a first responder and are unable to find child care after reaching out to the provided resources, please contact Dr. Shawn Van Scoy at svanscoy@gananda.org or 315-986-3521 ext: 8-4313.

Building/Facility Access:

  • All buildings will be locked and inaccessible at the end of the day on Tuesday, March 17. If you need assistance in obtaining an item, please contact your child's school directly to make arrangements.  Only essential items will be addressed. We will be announcing plans soon for students to pick up their items from classrooms and their lockers.
  • All district facilities (track, playground, basketball courts, etc.) will be locked and off-limits as part of our
    social distancing procedures starting Tuesday, March 17 at 4pm.


Athletics and Extracurricular Activities:

All athletics and extracurricular activities are cancelled as of Monday, March 16, 2020.

Kindergarten Registration:

For those enrolling in kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year, please call the district office (315-986-3521 ext.8-4313) to make an appointment to drop off registration forms. Forms can also be emailed directly to Leslie Ferrante at lferrante@gananda.org.
 

Talking to Children About Covid-19

This is a stressful time for many of us, and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has put together a resource for parents/guardians entitled, "Talking to Children About Covid-19"  to help discuss the virus and help relieve some of the anxiety that your children may be feeling. Additionally, there is a children's book that has been created to help explain the virus for our youngest students entitled, "CoviBook
 

Other helpful websites for information:

 

Updates from Superintendent Van Scoy Regarding COVID-19