2020-2021 Reopening Plan
The closing of schools in March 2020 has profoundly affected the lives of the Wheatland-Chili community, and families and communities globally. This impact will continue through the 2020-2021 school year and beyond. While no one can predict all of the challenges that may arise over the coming weeks and months, it is critical that we plan for a safe and orderly return to school.
Please know that our immediate concern is to ensure the health and safety of everyone in our schools. At the same time, we are addressing challenges presented by instructional needs of students, social and emotional needs that have emerged as a result of the pandemic, ensuring that students are able to equitably engage in remote learning, and planning for potential budgetary cuts in 2020-2021.
To prepare, our District team has reviewed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for schools as well as NYS Department of Health guidance to plan for different options for the fall. We are also reviewing plans from other states to assist us in considering possibilities. So that we are prepared for different scenarios, we are discussing what school could look like (1) following CDC guidelines for a full return in the fall, (2) the continuation of remote learning, and (3) a hybrid approach that could be a combination of in-school and remote learning.
In preparation for the development of our reopening plan, the following has occurred:
- June - Gathered input from teacher leaders on District's Curriculum Council
- June/July - District team reviewed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for schools as well as NYS Department of Health guidance to plan to different options for the fall
- July - surveyed parents and staff; held meetings with Reopening Advisory Group
As a result of our survey efforts, we received responses from 344 parents and 85 staff members within the District.
The timeline for our work is as follows:
- Week of July 13 - Guidance from New York State Department of Health, New York State EDucation Department, and Governor's Office arrived
- July 31 - District plans must be submitted
- August 1 through 7 - Governor will make a determine on school reopening
Below you will find working documents that have been created and resources that we relied upon as we journey toward the development and submission of the 2020-2021 Reopening Plan. Once created, the Plan will be launched on this website and an "At a Glance" version of the Plan with critical components created for our parents and staff. Parents and staff will be advised of the availability of the Plan and summary upon completion.
August 25, 2020 - Face coverings guidelines update
Masks & Face Coverings Update
In accordance with the guidance issues by the Monroe County Department of Health (DOH) and the New York State Education Department (NYSED) for in-person instruction, the District is implementing the following for all students, employees, and visitors to Wheatland-Chili Central School District.
Masks should be fitted cloth or 3-ply disposables which cover the nose and mouth and fit under the chin. No vented masks, neck gaiters, or loose bandanas/scarves. All masks and face coverings must continuously cover the nose and mouth of the student.
Laptop Insurance Waiver - Voice Message to Parents Sept 8 6:00 p.m.
Laptop Insurance Waiver - Voice Message to Parents - Sept 9 6:00 p.m.
We wanted you to be aware that for the 20-21 school year, we will be waiving the $25 laptop insurance fee. We know how many challenges our families are facing this year, and we hope this provides some relief. If you have already paid the fee and need a refund, please contact Donna Longhini, District Treasurer at 585-889-6225
Food Services Update September 9
Parents of students who are on remote learning (and any student that needs a meal on remote Wednesdays) should call or email to place their child’s meal order for pick up. Call Cindy Kwiatkowski at 889-6243 the day/evening prior and up until 8:00 am the day of pick up. You can leave a voicemail. You can also place an entire week’s order in one call or email.The Menus are here at: https://www.schoolnutritionandfitness.com/index.php?sid=1516746785202&page=menusProvide the following information in your call and or email:Child’s name:GradeBreakfast:EntréeFruit:Milk – skim/chocolate/1%JuiceLunch:EntréeVegetableSaladFruitMilk – skim/chocolate/1%Pick up of meals is between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at the back of the MS/HS.
Food Services Information for Parents and Guardians – September 8, 2020
The USDA FREE Breakfast and Lunch meals will be extended until December 31, 2020 or until the funds appropriated by the U. S. Congress are exhausted.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Families who qualify for the Free and Reduced meals must still apply so we have your application on file. Apply using the Free and Reduced application mailed in the District calendar. A copy is also available, on the website, at: http://www.schoolnutritionandfitness.com/index.php?sid=1516746785202&page=lunchapps
In the event the USDA free emergency meal program ends the District will notify parents and guardians and transition back to the paid, free, and reduced status using meal applications. Those prices are $1.65 for breakfast; $2.75 for lunch; and reduced priced meals are no pay.
Letter from Athletic Director
Dear Families, We are excited that we have finally been given final approval to begin our fall sports season for Soccer and Cross Country beginning on September 21, 2020. Unfortunately, Volleyball will have wait a bit before they are able to play. The Volleyball season has been moved to the spring and is set to begin on March 1, 2021. There will be more information to come in the following months on the Volleyball season. We will begin all levels (Modified, JV, Varsity) on the Monday, September 21, 2020. While we are excited to get back on the fields, there is much work to be done and many new guidelines that we will need to follow. Coaches will be meeting with their teams on the first day of practice to review guidelines and expectations.
2020-2021 Reopening Plan Documents
NYS Guidance Documents
This 145-page guidance document has been used in the development of the District's Plan. The District's Plan will address the areas of communication/family and community engagement, health and safety, facilities, child nutrition, transportation, social emotional well-being, school schedules, budget and fiscal matters, economic overview, attendance and chronic absenteeism, technology and connectivity, teaching and learning, career and technical education, athletics and extracurricular activities, special education, English to speakers of other languages and world languages, staffing, and teacher and principal evaluation system.
District Working Documents
These are FAQs from the Parent Meetings. You can also view the videos of both online meetings below.
The Frequently Asked Questions is a work in progress, and will be updated/adjusted as new information becomes available and as new questions are asked. The document began with a list of 85 questions, which have been aligned with major sections of the New York State Education Department guidance on reopening.
T. J. Connor Parent Car Rider Drop Off
Principal Murray with a Message for Walkers
WC Middle School/High School Hallway Procedure
MS/HS Cafeteria Procedure
Reopening Advisory Group - July 16, 2020 and July 23, 2020
A group of stakeholders representing District administrators, Board of Education member, teachers, staff, and parents met on July 16, 2020, and July 23, 2020, to review a draft reopening framework and hear comments and questions to inform the development of the District's Reopening Plan. The draft Framework is shared above.
Click here for a list of the participants.