• A MESSAGE FROM DR. BRAD ZILLIOX, SUPERINTENDENT

    Dear Fredonia School Community,

    We hope that you had a fantastic summer and were able to enjoy time with family and friends.  We are looking forward to the start of the new school year with students on September 8th.  We are excited about prioritizing full-time, in-person learning as we open the 2021-22 school year.  Thanks to our entire faculty and staff for all they have done to prep and plan to welcome students back to our schools.

    Please know that the following guidelines reflect the most recent information we have from a variety of sources.  If there is a change in guidance to schools, for example from the NYS Governor, we may need to adjust and adapt our plan.  

    We have heard from many members of our school community regarding the best way to open our schools.  We appreciate the time and effort in providing open and honest feedback to the district.  We have continued to review input from the New York State Education Department, the Chautauqua County Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the New York State Governor’s office, our Return to School Committee, our UPK-12 administrative team, and our Board of Education.  We have also connected with our district physicians for their recommendations.  Because of the information we have received, the mindset of the district is to err on the side of caution as we move forward.   

    In order to open fully, and taking into consideration the health and safety of all students and adults, the following precautions will be in place when school opens at Fredonia CSD on September 8th: 

    • Universal masking when indoors for all students and staff regardless of vaccination status. More information to follow on mask breaks prior to the first day with students.
      • Universal masking is necessary indoors and allows us to avoid mass quarantining of both students and adults. With universal masking in place for all indoor UPK-12 classrooms, students who are exposed to an infected person are exempted from quarantine. Students who are at least 3 feet away from an infected person are not considered close contacts and do not need to be quarantined as long as both the infected student and the exposed student are correctly and consistently wearing masks the entire time.  This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.  Individuals who are fully vaccinated or who have had a COVID-19 infection within the last 90 days also do not need to quarantine if they are identified as a close contact. 
    • Masking will be optional when outdoors, except if students are huddled together for instructional and discussion purposes during the school day.
    • Physical distancing of 3 feet in classrooms and other school rooms.
    • Hand-washing reminders to students, and explicit hand-washing instruction for our youngest students.
    • Hand sanitizer readily available.
    • Sanitizing rooms, buses, and high traffic areas regularly.
    • Mandatory masks on buses with windows open when possible to increase air flow.
    • Limited visitors to our buildings, especially when school is in session.  If possible, please make an appointment prior with our offices if you need access to the building.
    • As long as our schools are open for full-time, in-person instruction, remote learning will not be offered. We recognize the potential need to transition to remote learning if our school(s) are closed for an extended period of time.  
    • The district acknowledges the need to provide quality instruction to those students who may test positive and/or are quarantined.

    The district is committed to providing a safe environment for our students and adults, while returning to a full-time and in-person schedule. Therefore, this year we will be:

    • Looking to offer academic field trips, when possible and safe
    • Allowing extracurricular clubs, activities, and athletics
    • Allowing in-person open houses and back to school events

    All of the above will require indoor universal masking and whenever possible, distancing. The district will collaborate with the Chautauqua County Department of Public Health, measures from the CDC Guidance, and our school physicians to understand how metrics associated to COVID-19 may impact our mitigation strategies. For example, as infection rates decrease and stabilize, the district may announce lifting some precautions as listed throughout the plan. This could also work in reverse with metrics indicating a need to increase precautions.  

    If you have questions about our opening plan, please utilize the following survey

    We will continue to communicate as quickly as possible as additional information becomes available. I’m thankful for our entire district community as we work together to welcome our students back to school.

    Respectfully,
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    Brad Zilliox, Ed. D.
    Superintendent 

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  • District Office Contact Information:

    Christine Slagle
    Superintendent's Secretary/District Clerk
    (716) 679-1581 x2701
    cslagle@fcsd.wnyric.org