Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Updates
Update to Families – March 31
We continue to be living in such a strange, different, and completely new “normal.” I hope that through this time you and your family are remaining physically healthy as a first priority. We are concerned too about the social, emotional, and mental health of our students and of all of you. Please reach out if you or members of your family need support. We want to continue to be here for you in every way we can.
We are doing our very best to provide essential services to the community and to transition to a very different way of serving you. Thank you for your support and patience as we have all jumped headfirst into a virtual world of instruction. Thanks again to our instructional staff for also making this significant leap. It is important to note that students are expected to be engaging in the opportunities being provided and submitting work as requested. This is what required school looks like for now. It all “counts.” We’re excited for the second phase of instruction to begin on April 13.
In the meantime, we are continuing with opportunities for learning and providing meals this week and throughout next week. Please keep in mind that this week’s school calendar includes a conference day that was rescheduled for the day before the closure began and that next week would have been a break that includes the observance of significant religious holidays for many.
We are trying to be respectful of your time as a family and of the need for everyone to support their families and observe religious holidays. With that in mind, please note that your children will continue to receive learning opportunities in a variety of formats. The activities and experiences will honor our need for providing continuous learning but may look different given the nature of the week. Activities will likely be more project based and flexible as we prepare for increased opportunities to begin on April 13.
Questions, comments, concerns, suggestions? Please join me for our weekly virtual Town Hall meeting (on Facebook Live at the Brighton Central School District page at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1) and chime in through a new Thought Exchange to share, rate, and discover each other’s thoughts prior to the meeting. Here’s the link to a new exchange: https://my.thoughtexchange.com/630882879
We will be sending you our regular weekly note on Friday, but wanted you to have this more timely information today.
Thank you again for your understanding, flexibility, and support. Best wishes for continued good health for you and your family.
…every child, every day, every way
Kevin McGowan, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools
Frequently Asked Questions
Brighton will continue to keep families updated as the situation develops. Stay tuned to email, our website, and social media. You can also stay up-to-date on the latest information on COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
- Brighton Central School District schools are closed for students until further notice. We will provide an updated status every week by midday Friday. Please note that per the Governor's announcement, we will not be returning to school any earlier than April 15.
- Schools being closed for students also means student activities are canceled, including athletics and extracurricular activities.
- Click here for information on food service and online learning.
- Click here for important information from the National Association of School Psychologists about how to talk to children about COVID-19 and other health related materials.
The good news is, we feel that we have the technology and infrastructure to support a continuation of learning with significant modifications.
Our students all have accounts in Schoology and SeeSaw. We need to make sure that you have accounts set up in these online environments as well, so that you can also access the lessons they are being asked to complete. We realize that this will be different for every child, but we are committed to making sure you have the necessary knowledge and skill to do this.
Instructions for SeeSaw accounts for students in grades K-5 were sent home with children on Friday. They can also be accessed here: https://www.bcsd.org/Page/15685
Instructions for Schoology parent accounts can be found at: https://www.bcsd.org/Page/15182.
If you need your child's parent access account code, this information is located in the Schooltool Parent Portal in the User Defined Tab. If you are having difficulty getting set up please call 242-5200 ext. 5555.
We are going to begin offering bagged breakfast and lunch for children and adults on Wednesday, March 18. This will continue Monday-Friday until schools reopen. Meals are free for students.
We will have pick-up available at BHS Door 23. Pick-up is from 9 to 11 a.m. If transportation is an issue, please call us and we’ll get food to you. More details are available at this link.
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause a range of illnesses from the common cold to severe diseases such as MERS, SARS, and can lead to pneumonia in some patients. In December 2019, a new coronavirus was identified in Wuhan, China, and in February, the World Health Organization (WHO) proposed an official name for the disease: COVID-19. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a different strain than other respiratory viruses and information about it is evolving.
The vast majority of patients with COVID-19 will have mild respiratory illness, with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Severe complications can include pneumonia. If you have any of these symptoms, please stay home from school and contact your primary care physician or seek medical attention if you have these symptoms. We will be flexible with attendance policies while this virus is a concern.
The virus spreads most easily when an infected person has symptoms. But some spread might be possible before symptoms start. It can take 2–14 days after someone is exposed to the virus for symptoms to show up.
We have just been informed that 3-8 testing has been canceled for this year. No word yet on Regents exams, and we don’t expect to hear for some time. We have received word from the College Board on arrangements that are being made to allow for refunds OR provide remote testing opportunities. Here is a link to all of the information: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update?fbclid=IwAR1kMKEwy1XMbcYFdJRTkFWOPH4KETgP5w1R9gHqLDyN7pIuVPhM1M65MTk. We’re working on processing this with our staff and expect that BHS administrators and teachers will be addressing this directly with students.
- Brighton, like most Monroe County districts, has decided to postpone or cancel overnight travel outside of the greater Rochester area through April 12 due to concerns about potential out of town risk and/or quarantine possibilities.
- We have also decided to postpone or cancel a variety of upcoming events through the April break.
- Trips and events scheduled after April 12 will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.
- Please click here to review a list of events and to check their status.This table will be regularly updated.
- Specific follow-up for certain events and trips will be sent by individual coaches, advisors, teachers or administrators.
- We will wait until we absolutely have to before canceling events, trips, and activities. We are considering alternatives and our ability to reschedule. We really don’t want students to miss out on once in a lifetime opportunities.
Public health professionals recommend the following practices:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid large crowds and keep at least 3 feet from other people when outdoors or when someone nearby is visibly sick.
- Stay home when you are sick
Questions and Concerns
If you have any concerns, please contact your child’s assistant principal or principal or feel free to contact Superintendent Dr. Kevin McGowan.