COVID-19 UPDATE FROM SUPERINTENDENT MCGARRITY 4-29

  • April 29, 2021 

    Dear Orchard Park Families:

    The District has not been notified of any new cases of COVID-19 today.

    Thank you for your continued support.

    Sincerely,

    Matthew McGarrity,
    Superintendent of Schools

     

  • Dear Orchard Park Families,

    I am writing to publicly share my support for all of our teachers, but in particular Orchard Park High School English teacher, Mrs. Kristen Farrell, who has been the subject of social media posts made by an individual regarding instruction and dialogue centered around diversity, equity, and inclusion with students in the context of the study of literature.

    I have spoken at length with Mrs. Farrell and the High School administration regarding the important context and connection to a literary theme of study.  Mrs. Farrell is helping her students to grow as critical thinkers, to wrestle with complex issues, and to have an understanding of current events as a comparison to the context and era of the literature being studied. I fully support her and the work of all of our dedicated teachers who are working to engage our students in this important topic.

    They are outstanding professionals who truly care about children.   They are mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, grandparents, sisters and brothers in our community and not just a teacher working to further their students as life-long learners. They have dedicated their careers to this work.   

    Furthermore, as a district, we support this complex and important work that aligns with expectations from the New York State Department of Education.  This information was shared late last week with all families, and I have included our Board of Education goal below for your reference.  

    OPCSD Board of Education goal:

    Support the District's commitment to increasing awareness about diversity, equity, and inclusion to promote cultural competence in a positive learning community.

    As shared in earlier communications to the district, we acknowledge that this is complicated and challenging work.  These are difficult conversations to engage in, but we believe that one of the most important roles public education holds is to give a voice to our marginalized students who may not always have had their voice heard or represented, intentionally or unintentionally.  We will continue to provide necessary guidance and training for our educators as they work to improve the lives of all of our students. 

    Sincerely,

    Matthew McGarrity
    Superintendent of Schools

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM SUPERINTENDENT MCGARRITY 4-28

  • April 28, 2021 

    Dear Orchard Park Families:

    The District has not been notified of any new cases of COVID-19 today.

    Thank you for your continued support.

    Sincerely,

    Matthew McGarrity,
    Superintendent of Schools

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM SUPERINTENDENT MCGARRITY 4-27

  • April 27, 2021 

    Dear Orchard Park Families:

    Today, the District was notified of one positive case of COVID-19.  

    • One individual at the Orchard Park Middle School has tested positive.  In-district contact tracing has been completed.

    Thank you for your continued support.

    Sincerely,

    Matthew McGarrity,
    Superintendent of Schools

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM SUPERINTENDENT MCGARRITY 4-26

  • April 26, 2021 

    Dear Orchard Park Families:

    Today, the District was notified of three positive cases of COVID-19. 

    • One individual at Ellicott Elementary has tested positive.  In-district contact tracing has been completed.
    • Two individuals at the Orchard Park Middle School have tested positive.  In-district contact tracing has been completed.

    Thank you for your continued support.

    Sincerely,

    Matthew McGarrity,
    Superintendent of Schools

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM SUPERINTENDENT MCGARRITY 4-23

  • April 23, 2021 

    Dear Orchard Park Families:

    Today, the District was notified of one positive case of COVID-19.  

    • One individual at the Orchard Park Middle School has tested positive.  In-district contact tracing has been completed.

    Thank you for your continued support and enjoy your weekend.

    Sincerely,

    Matthew McGarrity,
    Superintendent of Schools

NYS BOARD OF REGENTS FRAMEWORK

  • April 23, 2021

    Dear Orchard Park Families;

    I’m writing to share that on April 12, 2021 the New York State Board of Regents released a press release regarding the launch of an initiative to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in schools across New York State.  The draft framework  will require all schools in New York State to develop policies that advance diversity, equity and inclusion as a priority in their schools.

    According to the release “The framework recognizes there is no single, isolated answer that will solve these pervasive problems; rather, the approach must be holistic and inclusive - and the Board of Regents, State Education Department and New York’s schools will be an integral part of the solution.”

    This new framework is scheduled to be adopted at the May 2021 Board of Regents meeting.  The framework to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in schools across the state aligns with the Orchard Park Central School District Board of Education’s 2020-2021 goal which was adopted last fall to support the District’s commitment to increasing awareness about diversity, equity, and inclusion to promote cultural competence in a positive learning community.

    As more information becomes available about what this new initiative will look like in our District we will share that information with you.

    As always thank you for your continued support.

    Sincerely,

    Matthew McGarrity,
    Superintendent of Schools

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM SUPERINTENDENT MCGARRITY 4-22

  • April 22, 2021 

    Dear Orchard Park Families:

    Today, the District was notified of one positive case of COVID-19. 

    • One individual at the Orchard Park Middle School has tested positive.  In-district contact tracing has been completed.

    Thank you for your continued support. 

    Sincerely,

    Matthew McGarrity,
    Superintendent of Schools

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM SUPERINTENDENT MCGARRITY 4-21

  • April 21, 2021 

    Dear Orchard Park Families:

    Today, the District was notified of one positive case of COVID-19.  

    • One individual at Ellicott Elementary has tested positive.  The Erie County Department of Health has determined no in-district contact tracing is necessary.

    Thank you for your continued support. 

    Sincerely,

    Matthew McGarrity,
    Superintendent of Schools

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM SUPERINTENDENT MCGARRITY 4-20

  • April 20, 2021 

    Dear Orchard Park Families:

    Today, the District was notified of two positive cases of COVID-19.  

    • One individual at Windom Elementary has tested positive.  In-district contact tracing has been completed.
    • One individual at the Orchard Park High School has tested positive.  In-district contact tracing has been completed.

    Thank you for your continued support. 

    Sincerely,

    Matthew McGarrity,
    Superintendent of Schools

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM SUPERINTENDENT MCGARRITY 4-19

  • April 19, 2021 

    Dear Orchard Park Families:

    Today, the District was notified of five positive cases of COVID-19.  

    • Two individuals at Eggert Elementary have tested positive.  In-district contact tracing has been completed.
    • One individual at Ellicott Elementary has tested positive.  In-district contact tracing has been completed.
    • One individual at the Orchard Park Middle School has tested positive.  In-district contact tracing has been completed.
    • One individual at South Davis Elementary has tested positive.  In-district contact tracing has been completed.

    Thank you for your continued support. 

    Sincerely,

    Matthew McGarrity,
    Superintendent of Schools

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM SUPERINTENDENT MCGARRITY 4-16

  • April 16, 2021 

    Dear Orchard Park Families:

    Today, the District was notified of two positive cases of COVID-19.  

    • One individual at the Orchard Park Middle School has tested positive.  In-district contact tracing has been completed.
    • One individual at South Davis Elementary has tested positive.  The Erie County Department of Health has determined no in-district contact tracing is necessary.

    Thank you for your continued support. 

    Sincerely,

    Matthew McGarrity,
    Superintendent of Schools

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM SUPERINTENDENT MCGARRITY 4-15

  • April 15, 2021 

    Dear Orchard Park Families:

    Today, the District was not notified of any new COVID-19 cases.  

    As always thank you for your continued support. 

    Sincerely,

    Matthew McGarrity,
    Superintendent of Schools

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM SUPERINTENDENT MCGARRITY 4-14

  • April 14, 2021 

    Dear Orchard Park Families:

    Today, the District was notified of seven positive cases of COVID-19.  

    • One individual at Eggert Elementary has tested positive.  The Erie County Department of Health has determined no in-district contact tracing is necessary.
    • Two individuals at the Orchard Park High School have tested positive. In-district contact tracing has been completed for one individual. The Erie County Department of Health has determined no in-district contact tracing is necessary for the other individual.
    • One individual at the Orchard Park Middle School has tested positive.  In-district contact tracing has been completed.
    • Two individuals at South Davis Elementary have tested positive.  The Erie County Department of Health has determined no in-district contact tracing is necessary.
    • One individual at Windom Elementary has tested positive.  The Erie County Department of Health has determined no in-district contact tracing is necessary.

    Thank you for your continued support. 

    Sincerely,

    Matthew McGarrity,
    Superintendent of Schools

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM SUPERINTENDENT MCGARRITY 4-13

  • April 13, 2021 

    Dear Orchard Park Families:

    Today, the District was notified of two positive cases of COVID-19. 

    • One individual at Eggert Elementary has tested positive.  The Erie County Department of Health has determined no in-district contact tracing is necessary.
    • One individual at the Orchard Park High School has tested positive.  The Erie County Department of Health has determined no in-district contact tracing is necessary.

    Thank you for your continued support.

    Sincerely,

    Matthew McGarrity,
    Superintendent of Schools

UPDATED INTERIM GUIDANCE FOR IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION 4-13

  • Dear Orchard Park Families;

    The District recently received updated interim guidance for in-person instruction from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), and related guidance from the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH).  Those documents are linked below.

    As I mentioned in my April 7 correspondence, the District has been directed in a pending legal action to submit a revised reopening plan that offers full-time, in-person instruction opportunities to its students.  While the updated guidance does not currently permit the District to offer this to all of its students, we are in the process of developing a plan that attempts to return more students to daily, in-person instruction, and that also complies with the updated guidance.  

    I will communicate further with parents as details unfold from our planning process.  Thank you for your continued support as we focus on in-person opportunities for our students. 

    April 9, 2021 NYSDOH Guidance for PreK-12 Schools

    April 10, 2021 Erie County DOH Guidance for PreK-12 Schools

    Sincerely,

    Matthew McGarrity,
    Superintendent of Schools

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM SUPERINTENDENT MCGARRITY 4-12

  • April 12, 2021 

    Dear Orchard Park Families:

    The District has been notified of ten positive cases of COVID-19.  Please note within today’s letter the District is reporting on all of the COVID-19 cases that we were notified of during the spring recess as required by the Erie County Department of Health.

    • Two individuals at Eggert Elementary have tested positive.  The Erie County Department of Health has determined no in-district contact tracing is necessary.
    • Two individuals at Ellicott Elementary have tested positive.  The Erie County Department of Health has determined no in-district contact tracing is necessary.
    • One individual at the Orchard Park High School has tested positive.  The Erie County Department of Health has determined no in-district contact tracing is necessary.
    • Two individuals at the Orchard Park Middle School have tested positive.  The Erie County Department of Health has determined no in-district contact tracing is necessary.
    • One individual at South Davis Elementary has tested positive.  The Erie County Department of Health has determined no in-district contract tracing is necessary.
    • Two individuals at Windom Elementary have tested positive.  The Erie County Department of Health has determined no in-district contact tracing is necessary.

    Thank you for your continued support. 

    Sincerely,

    Matthew McGarrity,
    Superintendent of Schools

RECENT DISTRICT COVID INFORMATION 4-7

  • April 7, 2021

    Dear Orchard Park Families:

    From the onset of the COVID-19 global pandemic we have strived to provide open and transparent communications with our parents, students, community, stakeholders, teachers and staff.    We value our partnership with families and are writing to share an update with you.

    As you may have heard, the Orchard Park Central School District and its Board of Education are named in a legal action, along with other New York State entities, involving the delivery of instructional services during the pandemic.  In general, the action seeks to declare current state-issued health guidance for in-person learning invalid and to compel the District to offer full-time, in-person learning for all students.  Yesterday, the parties appeared before Judge Colaiacovo, who is presiding over this matter as well as a similar action that was filed against the Williamsville Central School District.  During that appearance, the Court directed the District to submit a written plan to offer full-time, in-person instruction to all students, and that the plan be submitted to the Court and to the parties, including the New York State Department of Health (“NYSDOH”) and the New York State Education Department (“NYSED”), by April 13, 2021.  The NYSDOH and NYSED were directed to indicate their approval or disapproval of the District’s plan by April 20, 2021.  The Court issued the same directives in the action against Williamsville.  

    Accordingly, the District will be submitting a plan per the Judge’s order.  In order to comply with the Judge’s order, this plan may include significant and necessary schedule changes to accommodate full-time, in-person learning at all grade levels.  It was suggested by the Court that parties consider the three-foot social distancing recommendation set forth in the CDC’s updated guidance issued on March 19, 2021, even though it is not yet clear whether or to what extent the NYSDOH will adopt that guidance.  There are several unknowns at this point, and any required changes will take some time to implement.   

    As always, I appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this matter.   We will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our students, families and staff.  I will continue to keep you informed as this matter progresses. 

    Sincerely,

    Matthew McGarrity,
    Superintendent of Schools 

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM SUPERINTENDENT MCGARRITY 4-1

  • April 1, 2021

    Dear Orchard Park Families:

    Today the District was notified of one positive case of COVID-19.

    • One individual at the Orchard Park High School has tested positive.  The Erie County Department of Health has determined no in-district contact tracing is necessary.

    Please enjoy a safe and healthy spring recess and as always thank you for your continued support. 

    Sincerely,

    Matthew McGarrity,
    Superintendent of Schools