OPCSD Designated Within Orange Zone
November 18, 2020
Dear Orchard Park Families;
I am writing to inform you that our community was designated by Governor Cuomo as an orange zone today, November 18, 2020. According to Erie County Executive, Mark Poloncarz, schools designated within an orange zone will be able to stay in session for the remainder of this week. In order to comply with orange zone guidelines, schools will transition to remote learning beginning Monday, November 23, 2020. The Orchard Park Central School District had already planned to transition to remote learning beginning on Monday, November 23, and this will continue as previously planned.
Due to being designated in the orange zone, there are specific COVID testing requirements for schools to resume in person instruction while in this zone. More information will be communicated with parents regarding the testing process as we receive further guidance from the Erie County Health Department. The testing requirements within the orange zone to return to in-person instruction are much more restrictive than in the yellow zone. Accordingly a realistic return to in-person instruction, with COVID testing protocols in place, will likely coincide with the region returning to a yellow zone or lower designation.
The Orchard Park Central School District Technology Department will be offering two Remote Readiness for Families webinars to support the transition to fully remote learning. Although these are designed for our elementary families who have had less exposure to Chromebooks, all are welcome to attend. These sessions will orient parents to the Chromebook, Google Classroom, and provide tips to ensure a smooth transition. Both sessions will offer the same content so parents can attend the session that is best for their schedule. They will also be recorded and posted on our website. To register visit the links below.
- Sunday, November 22nd at 7 p.m
- Tuesday, November 24th at 10 a.m.
We will do all we can to return our students to in-person instruction in school as soon as we are able to. I implore you to do all you can, as an individual and as a family, to follow the guidance of the CDC and Health Department to reduce the rates in our community. Together, we can move out of the orange zone and allow our students to safely return to school.
I will continue to keep you informed as we receive more information. As always, thank you for your continued support.
Superintendent of Schools