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Communication Regarding COVID-19
April 3, 2020
 
Dear Fulton City School District Families:
 
It is hard to imagine that our schools have been closed for three weeks as of today. We have definitely missed our students and families during this time. Although our school buildings are closed, our faculty and staff are working hard to provide learning at home and school meals for our students, as well as regular check-ins to help us maintain our sense of belonging within our school community. We are learning to build our growth mindset and try new things every day!
 
Please read our updates carefully, check our web site at www.fultoncsd.org and do not hesitate to contact us at 315-593-5509 with any questions.
 

Spring Break

Due to the extended school closure ordered by Governor Cuomo as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, we will continue to provide school meals and learning at home resources during the time that was originally scheduled as spring break (April 6-10 and April 13). We will also work with our community partners to ensure there are plans in place for child care for essential workers. This action is required, by Executive Order, to ensure that our schools will continue to be eligible for all allocated state aid, which makes up the majority of our school district funding.
 

Schedule for Schools To Reopen

At this time, the Governor’s order closes schools until April 15. The Governor has stated that he will review and extend closures as needed in two week time periods. We will provide updates as we receive them.
 

School Meals

Please note that beginning the week of April 6, school meals will be distributed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Meals will not be distributed on Fridays. An updated meal schedule is enclosed.
 
Learning at Home

Week 3 (April 1 - April 10)
Materials for week three were posted (Grades 3-12) or mailed (K-2) on April 1. The learning activities provided this week should be completed by Monday, April 13. This time frame includes our originally scheduled spring break, which will now be used to continue learning. No materials will be posted or mailed on April 8, as the materials for week three are intended to extend through April 10.

Week 4 (April 13-17): In anticipation that schools may remain closed beyond April 15, we have planned to begin new learning and a new weekly schedule on Monday, April 13.
  • Materials and learning activities will be posted using Google Classroom and can be accessed through our Learning at Home site. We will continue to mail materials to students in grades K- 2 and others without internet access.
  • Also beginning the week of April 13, teachers will hold office hours Monday-Friday so families can contact them with questions and for additional support with learning. Office hours will be posted on the Learning at Home site for each class/grade next to teacher contact information.
 
Grading for students in grades 7-12: Students in grades 7-12 will receive pass/fail grades for assignments posted beginning April 13. In cases where a student might not receive a “pass” on an assignment, teachers will provide additional support.
 
No internet access: If you are unable to access the internet, please call 315-593-9214 for assistance.
 
Technology Helpdesk: If you have difficulty with a district-issued Chromebook, please call our helpdesk at 315-593-9214.
 

School Playgrounds and Fields

We have worked with the City of Fulton to put safety measures in place for our facilities that are consistent with the City’s plan. All school playgrounds, tennis courts and fields are closed at this time. While we encourage all FCSD families to get out in the fresh air to exercise their bodies and minds, use of school playgrounds and fields do not allow for appropriate physical distancing to occur. Thank you for your understanding.
 
We wish you well as we all continue to follow health and safety guidelines to stay at home whenever possible. As our district vision states, we will continue to work together to foster hope and resilience for the future.Thank you for your kindness and support through this time.
 
Be well,

Brian T, Pulvino

Superintendent


March 27, 2020
 
Dear Fulton City School District Families:
 
We hope this letter finds you well and that you have been able to find some silver lining in the challenges we have navigated over the last two weeks. There is no question that all of us have had to adjust our routines and daily life. We are grateful for your patience and support as we have done our best to ensure our students’ needs are met through our school meal program, learning at home resources and check-in calls from members of our faculty and staff.
 
Learning at Home
 
Please see our Learning at Home link on our district website at http://fultoncsd.org for updated materials and resources for students for week two. These materials are intended for practice and review of skills and content already taught during the school year.
 
Week Two (March 25-31)
 
  • K- 2: All students in kindergarten through second grade have been mailed learning resources for week two. These materials are also posted on our Learning at Home link.
  • Grades 3-12: Materials for students in grades 3-12 have been posted on our Learning at Home link.
  • Materials for students in special education programs have also been mailed. If you have questions about special education needs, please call 315-593-5520.
 
Week Three (April 1-April 14 includes Spring Break)
 
  • Materials for week three will be posted (Grades 3-12) or mailed (K-2) on April 1. There will be 5 days’ worth of learning activities to be completed in this time frame, which includes our originally scheduled spring break. No materials will be posted or mailed on April 8, which is during spring break.
 
If you do not have internet access, please call 315-593-5509 to request print materials.
For Chromebook questions you can access our help desk at 315-593-9214.
 
Third Quarter Grades and Assignments for Grades 7-12 (as of March 27)
 
The third marking period is scheduled to end on April 3. Given that schools were closed prior to the end of the third marking period, many teachers did not have an opportunity to enter grades or give remaining assignments and quizzes. Therefore, when school resumes, the third marking period will be extended to April 24 for students in grades 7-12. It is important to note the following:
 
  • Throughout the period of the emergency closing (March 16-April 14), students need to be working on all assignments that were assigned and due up to and including March 13. SchoolTool will be updated to include these assignments once submitted.
  • No new teacher instruction will take place during the period of March 16- April 14 (except as required for AP and college classes).
 
Third Quarter Grades for Grades K-6 (as of March 27)
 
  • In grades K-6 we will not be submitting third quarter grades. We will wait and combine the third and fourth quarters. This will allow us to resume our regular instructional routine when we transition back to school.
 
School Meals
 
Starting the week of March 30, school meals will be distributed on Tuesdays and Fridays only. For schedule and locations, please see below. School meals will continue to be available during the timeframe that is scheduled as spring break (April 6-13).
 
Child Care for Essential Workers
 
NYS has asked all school districts to send out a survey to families in order to determine the need for emergency child care services in our community. The Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) is collecting information from this survey in order to help families find the high-quality child care that they need. If you are a parent or caregiver who needs child care in order to work in an essential job, please complete this survey. Please go to our website at http://www.fultoncsd.org to take the survey. If you do not have access to the internet, please call 315-593-5509 and we will help you fill out the survey.
 
As of this update, we are planning for our schools to reopen on Wednesday, April 15, per today’s announcement from Governor Cuomo. However, we know that plans can change rapidly based directives from local, state and federal level officials as they respond to this public health crisis. We will keep you posted regarding any changes as we learn about them.
 
In the meantime, please continue to reach out to us with questions or concerns. You can find some important information in our Family Resource Guide. Please check our website frequently for important updates.
 
We miss seeing all of you and are looking forward to seeing you all soon! Please remember to stay at home whenever you can and follow social distancing guidelines when you are out of your home.
 
Be well,
 
Brian T. Pulvino
Superintendent
FCSD Updated Meal Distribution Schedule March 27th, 2020

Please Call 315.593.5509 for Assistance





 


March 20, 2020 
 
Dear Fulton City School District Families: 
 
Our lives are changing rapidly in the face of this unprecedented public health crisis, therefore we are committed to providing updates frequently.  Although our school buildings are closed, supporting  the safety of all members of our community and serving our students and families will continue to be our priorities.  The Executive Order issued by Governor Cuomo today (March 20, 2020) has changed our course of action in order to best slow the impact of COVID 19. Please read the updates below carefully. 
 
Food Distribution
Please see the enclosed flyer with important changes to our food distribution schedule
. Although we will not be doing daily distribution, we will still provide enough food for students to have on the days we are not distributing.
* Week of  March 23: Food will be distributed on Monday, Tuesday and Friday only
* Week of March 30 and after:  Food will be distributed on Tuesdays and Fridays only
* We have added an Emery St. pick up location and have moved the Germandale Dr. location to the Granby Community Center site 
 
Communication to Families - Please Update your Contact Information
We will be communicating to families frequently via school messenger, Facebook, our district website and US mail.   
* Please be sure we have updated contact information for you, including phone numbers and email addresses.   
* To update information, please call the central registrar at 315-593-5513 or email registrar@fulton.cnyric.org. 
 
Learning at Home
* Week One materials: Learning materials for PK-12 students for week one (March 18-24) were mailed to homes earlier this week.   
     - If you have not received them, you can access them on our district website at www.fultoncsd.org
        Click on the link to Learning at Home.   
     - If you cannot access online materials, please call 315-593-5509.

* Week Two materials:  Learning materials for week two (March 25-31) will be mailed to all students in grades K-2.  Materials for students in grades 3-12 will be posted      online.  If you cannot access materials online, please call 315-593-5509 to have print materials sent. 

 
 
* Materials for learning at home do not need to be returned to school.  They are intended for practice and review.  Our objective is to prevent the loss of skills that have been learned so far this year.  Materials will not be graded. 
* If you have questions about the materials, please call 315-593-5509.  If your child is in a special education program and you have questions about materials, please call 315-593-5520. 
 
Chromebooks
If you need assistance with Chromebooks, please call 315-593-9214. 
 
Quarter 3 Grades
Information about grades for this quarter will be forthcoming.   
 
NYS Grades 3-8 Testing in ELA, Math and Science
NYS testing in grades 3-8 has been cancelled for this school year. 
 
Student Personal Items, Instruments and School Supplies
Based on the Executive Order issued by Governor Cuomo on March 20, 2020, we will not allow access to our school buildings to any member of our community for the purpose of picking up any personal items, at this time.  We understand this is inconvenient, but is necessary for safety. 
 
School playgrounds and fields
All school grounds will be closed to avoid gatherings of people and to do our part to reduce social contact, in keeping with NYS guidelines.  Please honor posted signs. 
 
Please take health guidelines seriously to ensure you and others stay healthy.  Stay home.  Practice social distancing.  
 
Continue to take care of yourself, your loved ones and your neighbors. In the face of all this uncertainty, we are amazed by the stories of kindness and generosity we are hearing from our families and staff.  Raider pride is evident across our community.  Keep those celebrations coming, we love to hear your stories.    
 
Be well, 
 
Brian T. Pulvino Superintendent



March 17, 2020

Dear Fulton City School District Families:

We hope this update finds you and your loved ones safe and well during this challenging time. We want to share important information regarding access to learning materials for students during the school closures. We appreciate all who responded to our needs survey yesterday. In response, we have implemented the plan
outlined below for learning at home.

If you have a child in grades 7-12, please ask them to check their school email beginning Wednesday, March 18 for updates.

Learning at Home

Week one learning materials
The first week of learning materials will be mailed to all students PK-12 this week. These materials will also be available for download on our website. After this week, we will provide updated learning resources.

Access to Chromebooks

  • Students in grades 7-12: All students in grades 7-12 who need one will be provided a Chromebook to access online learning resources.
  • Students in grades 3-6: One Chromebook per household will be provided for all students in grades 3-6 who need one.
  • Request a Chromebook: complete the form found at this link: Chromebook Request If you cannot access this form, please call 315-593-5509.
  • Pick-up location: G. Ray Bodley High School cafeteria
  • Pick up hours: 8:30-11:30 am beginning Thursday, March 19.

Before going to the high school to pick up a device, you must complete the request form to be assigned a pick-up date & time. We are adhering to social distancing guidelines and must follow a pickup schedule.

Access to Internet Services

  • Spectrum is offering free internet access for 60 days to students in households that do not have an existing service. For details, please call Spectrum at (844) 488-8395.


For information about school meal distribution and community supports, and other important learning resources updates please visit our district website at www.fultoncsd.org or check our Facebook page. If there is anything you need assistance with, please do not hesitate to call 315-593-5509.

Finally, we want to extend our appreciation for all the kind messages and offers of support we have received and that have been extended among neighbors. As we face this very difficult challenge, it is reassuring that we have a community that pulls together to help one another.

Sincerely,
Brian T. Pulvino, Superintendent
 


March 17, 2020

Dear Raiders:

We know that school closings have disrupted your routines and resulted in the cancellation of many events that you have been preparing for and looking forward to. The restrictions in place to prevent and slow the spread of coronavirus have changed life for all of us in unprecedented ways. Your well-being and learning are our highest priorities. Because we know that you are just as concerned about your success, we want to provide you with updates about our plans for your learning at home.

Learning at Home
Week one learning materials
The first week of learning materials will be mailed to all students this week. These materials will also be available for download on our website. After this week, we will provide updated learning resources. After this week, we will provide updated learning resources and other information specific to other school programs.
  • Grades 9-12 will receive practice and review materials for courses that end in a Regents exam.
  • Grades 7 and 8 will receive ELA, Math and Positivity Project practice and review materials.
  • Grade 8 students in Algebra and Earth Science will also receive Regents materials.
Access to Chromebooks
  • Students in grades 7-12: All students in grades 7-12 who need one will be provided a Chromebook to access online learning resources.
  • Request a Chromebook: Please have a parent/guardian complete the form found at this link: Chromebook Request If they cannot access this form, please call 315-593-5509.
  • Pick-up location: G. Ray Bodley High School cafeteria
  • Pick up hours: 8:30-11:30 am beginning Thursday, March 19.
Before your parent/guardian goes to the high school to pick up a device, they must complete the request form to be assigned a pick-up date & time. We are adhering to social distancing guidelines and must follow a pick-up schedule.

Access to Internet Services
  • Spectrum is offering free internet access for 60 days to students in households that do not have an existing service. For details, please call Spectrum at (844) 488-8395.

Please take all precautions to protect your health and the health of your loved ones. We know it is not easy for teens to give up social activities, but by doing so now we hope to be able to come together for celebrations of your success in the near future.

Sincerely,
Brian T. Pulvino
Superintendent


March 15, 2020

Dear Fulton City School District Families:

We want to provide you with an update regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) planning and response in our school district. We are committed to the health and safety of all members of our community. Although there are no confirmed cases of COVID 19 in our community, Oswego County has declared a state of emergency out of an abundance of caution to slow or reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Therefore, all schools will be closed beginning tomorrow, Monday, March 16 through and including Monday, April 13. All activities and events in this time frame are cancelled. At this time, we plan to resume a regular school schedule on Tuesday, April 14. We will communicate any changes to this plan as the situation unfolds.

While school is closed, we have planned to provide meals, educational resources and community-based social emotional resources to Fulton City School District students.

If you have questions or concerns, please call 315-593-5509.


Beginning on March 17, free meals will be provided to all students enrolled in the Fulton City School District each week day between the hours of 8:30 am and 11:30 am in the locations listed below. Meal distribution will occur outside the buildings in the parking lots. All children under the age of 18 are eligible for these free meals as long as one child in the household is enrolled in Fulton City Schools.

UPDATED FCSD MEAL DISTRIBUTION SCHEDULE - MARCH 20th, 2020



Medication

All Fulton City School District health offices will be open from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm on March 16 for parents/guardians to pick up any necessary medications that are kept at school.

Learning at Home

District teams have planned for the possibility of a school closure by preparing collections of paper-based educational resources that will be mailed to all students’ homes early this week.

Each student mailing will contain grade-level specific academic activities that are designed to help students continue their learning while at home. The activities are extensions of the learning that your children participate in each day at school. Each mailing will include:

• one week’s worth of daily activities in ELA, Math, and SEL for grades K-8; and practice/ preparation resources aligned with Regents Exams for high school students
• answer keys and support resources for parents
• a list of additional suggestions for online and other educational resources

Please also continue to check www.fultoncsd.org for updated information and resources.

Social Emotional Health

We share your concerns about how coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting your family and our community. Many are feeling anxious and overwhelmed by the health, social and financial impacts of the virus and efforts to prevent its spread. During school closures we want you to know that we will still be here to provide support and help you make connections to the community organizations that can assist in times of crisis. We have attached a list of frequently requested contacts.

We hope that you will stay well and that you will reach out to us if we can assist you.

Sincerely,

Brian T. Pulvino
Superintendent
Community Services Contacts
The safety of our Fulton City School District students and their families is our highest priority.

We share your concerns about how coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting your family and our community. Many are feeling anxious and overwhelmed by the health, social and financial impacts of the virus and efforts to prevent its spread. During school closures we want you to know that we will still be here to provide support and help you make connections to the community organizations that can assist in times of crisis. Contact us as 315-593-5509. 

Below you will find some frequently requested contact information for some of our community partners.
211 CNY

Dial 211


By dialing 2-1-1, community members can access resources for help with a range of concerns including housing, financial, medical, transportation and counseling services.

Phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Oswego County Health Department

COVID-19 Hotline
315- 349-3330

health.oswegocounty.com
Oswego County Department of Social Services Assistance Programs
(including nutrition assistance)

315-963-5021
Employment and Training
315-591-9000

oswegocounty.com
Oswego County Opportunities Crisis Hotlines

Domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault,
stalking or other violent crimes:
315-342-1600

Housing crisis, difficulty meeting basic needs and other crisis situations:

315-342-7618 or 1-877-342-7618 (toll free)

oco.org
Catholic Charities
(including food pantry)

315-598-3980

ccoswego.com
NYS Child Abuse Hotline

1-800-342-3720
Farnham Family Services
(Substance Use and Addiction Services)

315-342-4489

farnhaminc.org
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-8255

suicidepreventionlifeline.org
 

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FULTON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Brian Pulvino, Superintendent
129 Curtis Street
Fulton, New York 13069
Phone: (315) 593-5500


www.fultoncsd.org


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