In late March, Governor Cuomo and the Reimagine New York Commission announced the launch of ConnectED NY, an emergency fund to provide approximately 50,000 students in qualifying school districts with free internet access through June 2022. ConnectED NY is designed for students who either do not have internet access at home, or do not have sufficient bandwidth to access digital school materials from home. Please click the title for more information.
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Governor Cuomo has announced guidelines allowing travelers to New York to "test out" of the mandatory 10-day quarantine for asymptomatic individuals. Travelers from states that are contiguous with New York are Exempt from the travel advisory; however covered travelers must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form.
An Update for upcoming Sports
Letter from Superintendent Howard Dennis about the transition back to in-person learning still being scheduled for the 19th of January
Please see regarding Meal Distribution for this week
Information regarding the pivot to Remote Learning 2.0
The PYCSD Cultural Responsiveness and Equity Committee is seeking your feedback on diversity, equity, and inclusion in our community and our school district.
The Capital Project vote has passed. Yes - 306 to No - 110. Thank you to everyone for all their hard work on getting material to our community, creating videos and overviews, and a big thank you to everyone that took the time out of their day to come and vote.
Our virtual Ceremony for National Honor Society inductions. Congratulations to all the students!
The Biomedical Sciences classes are holding a fundraiser. All profit made from the sale of these shirts will go to the Keuka Comfort Care Home. Please consider purchasing one of these awesome shirts and helping this very worthy cause.
At this time, we continue to be proactive in our preparation and response to COVID-19 and its impact on our community. At this time we do not have a designation from New York State. If we do get designated as a yellow zone we will need to test students and staff. In order to keep students coming to school for in-person instruction, the Penn Yan Central School District must test 20% of in-person students, faculty and staff over the two-week period immediately following the announcement of a yellow zone designation. (CONT.)
Many community members have been a bit unsure of the current rules and advisories in regards to traveling to and from NYS. Here is a link to NYS Dept. of Health with an overview of the current Travel Advisory.
I am writing to make you aware that the Yates County Public Health (YCPH) informed us today that one of our high school students has tested positive for COVID-19. The student last attended school on Friday, October 16. According to Public Health, the student was never in school during the infectious period. Yates County Public Health continues to do their work regarding contact tracing and will notify individuals if necessary. Per privacy guidelines, no additional identifying information can be shared.
Suggested Dos and Don'ts from the NYS Dept. of Health in regards to Halloween health and safety this year.
Next week is School Bus Safety Week. Keep our Students and Busses safe!
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 authorized the payment of P-EBT (Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer) food benefits to households with children who would have received free school lunches under the National School Lunch Act, if not for a school closure. If your child was enrolled in school in March 2020, you will or already have received a P-EBT 2020 food benefit card in the mail. Please see the included notice for further information about this benefit and how to use it.
Updated information in regards to symptoms to look out for during your daily self assessment and modified criteria for return to schools. File also includes flow chart for decision making on "Can my child return to school?" or "When can my child go back?"
Yes, there will be Christmas in 2020. The Yates Christmas Program is creative and flexible in light of the pandemic’s limitation on safe assembling. There will not be a distribution of clothing, toys, games, and blankets as in other years, but keeping the health and safety of families and volunteers in mind, a drive-through distribution of gift cards will be Santa’s solution (Cont.)