• A Message from the Superintendent (Non-Consenting/Unknown)  Nov. 27 

    Dear Members of the Brighton School Community, 

    We hope that those celebrating enjoyed Thanksgiving and that everyone is healthy and well. 

    You are receiving this message because you did not consent to COVID testing being required by the State, or we have not heard back from you yet regarding your decision. In some cases, we are continuing to follow up with you regarding additional information that you have requested. If you have changed your mind or are now interested in testing, please click here to consent: https://www.bcsd.org/covidconsent 

    It is important to note that we do respect your decisions in this regard and will do our best to support your child’s program despite the state’s requirement that we not allow non-tested students to come to school. We continue to propose reasonable solutions to policymakers that could accommodate your choices, but at this point we have still been prohibited from making any changes or exceptions. 

    We have limited resources and capacity in current all-remote sections. We are also concerned about moving students into full-remote sections at this point in the year and the challenges that would be created by moving children into all remote for what could only be a temporary period of time. 

    Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 2, non-tested students will be allowed to attend in-person programming on a remote basis only. This is temporary and will be allowed only when students are unable to attend due to lack of testing, quarantine or isolation due to COVID. Your child’s principal and teachers will send additional details regarding timing, Zoom links, and any other details you might need. It is very important to note the following: 

    1. We are concerned about privacy and supporting a learning environment that is relatively free from the risk of someone recording student interactions/behavior and sharing them inappropriately. We feel as though that interactions with students and lesson design are intended for students and not for adult participation beyond the classroom. Non-school related adults participating in or viewing student Zooms could cause other students to be uncomfortable and inhibit a free flowing, creative learning environment. The following requirements must be adhered to:

      1. Recording or sharing student Zoom sessions in any way shape or form is prohibited. 

      2. Student Zooms are to be for students only and beyond assisting students with accessing the Zoom, out of respect for the other children on the Zoom, adults are expected to not be a part of the classroom environment. 
          
    1. We don’t believe that we are well-equipped to provide the same level of instructional quality to groups learning on two platforms at the same time. Simply put, under current circumstances, it is not possible to provide in-person and remote students with the same experience simultaneously. This isn’t for a lack of confidence in the abilities of our teaching staff or their desire to always be the best. We just simply don’t believe that this approach is the most effective approach. As they always do, our staff will do their best to support all children. However, please know that interaction with both groups of the students simultaneously will not be possible and it is unlikely that remote students will be able to be as engaged as in-person students. We do not want this to be the case, but want to be up front about the limitations of this approach. 

    Additional information regarding the testing program for those that are interested is listed below. Information about food service is included as well. We are still all-remote for all groups on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. 

      

    Testing 

    COVID-19 testing will be offered in a drive-through format next week in the Brighton High School parking lot, 1150 S. Winton Road. Testing hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Monday, Nov. 30 and Tuesday, Nov. 1, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Testing is for Brighton Central School District hybrid students and staff only. It is not designated as a community testing site. Staff should be prepared to show their ID badges.  

    There will be four lines established to get everyone tested quickly. The test will be administered by a school nurse or licensed medical professional. Participants in sixth grade and older will be allowed to self-administer the test. Participants will not be required to leave their vehicles for the test or need to wait for the results. A school nurse will contact any families with a positive test result. Otherwise, participants can presume the test result was negative and will leave the parking lot as soon as their test is taken. 

    All students and staff must be tested on one of these three days in order to return to in-person instruction on Thursday, Dec. 3 and Friday, Dec. 4. Specific appointments are not available. Please come when you are able, but you must attend during one of these three days. 
     

    Breakfast and Lunch  

    The Brighton High School parking lot will also be used for picking up breakfasts and lunches.  

    All Brighton student meals must be ordered online at http://onlineordering.linq.com. Breakfast and lunch menu options will be limited and are subject to change at any time. Only the entrée and milk will be able to be chosen.  

    The meals can be picked up through a drive-through line at Brighton High School Door 23 from 9 to 11 a.m. or 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30 through Wednesday, Dec. 2. Delivery by the Transportation Department is available when absolutely necessary. If you are requesting delivery, please fill out this form: https://www.bcsd.org/cms/module/selectsurvey/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=175.    

    Student allergies will be handled through the regular process. A medical note must be provided to the school nurse. Parents should contact the Food Service Office at 242-5200 ext. 4567 with questions or concerns. A Zoom meeting will be set up if a more detailed conversation is needed.   

    We’re hopeful that this situation is short-lived and if not, that the state will provide some relief to their requirements. Thank you for your patience.  

    Sincerely, 

    Kevin 

    Kevin McGowan, Ed.D. 
    Superintendent of Schools