COVID-19 - Updates

Honeoye Falls-Lima Coronavirus Resources and Information
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Email from Superintendent Mancuso 4/16/20

Dear Families and Staff,

I hope this email finds you and your loved ones safe and well, and that you find yourself managing and moving forward to a better and brighter future.

We are always listening to and responding to the feedback we receive. The technology support team of Rob Sanford, Cathy Hoose, and Stephanie Bennett have produced a quick tutorial, linked below that clarifies how students use the tools and apps we have provided them for at home and in school learning. We recommend you watch it together with your children.

The Governor also extended the closure of schools as well. Stay warm, stay learning, and stay home.

At-Home Learning Update: What expectations of “normal” am I letting go of today?

  • At-Home Learning Guide for Parents via Video https://tinyurl.com/parentguideHFL
  • NY on PAUSE has been extended by the Governor until at least May 15. https://www.governor.ny.gov/executiveorders
  • Dr. Fauci said, “You don’t make the timeline, the virus makes the timeline.”
  • Schools, fields, and playgrounds, as well as all activities, are canceled and closed.
  • Still waiting for confirmation on process and date for school budget vote and board elections. We know they will be after June 1st.

Who am I checking on today?

  • While the menu is subject to change: Foodservice is planning to serve hot dogs on Friday at our drive-thru lunch stations open 11-1 at both Lima and HF-L High School. No registration is required and it is open and free to all children.
  • Utility companies are offering assistance. Contact your utility and discuss your situation. The major electric and gas companies have all committed to assisting and not shutting off customers impacted by COVID.
  • If you are overwhelmed right now, the NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Line is staff by specially trained volunteers who can help: 1-844-863-9314 NYS Office of Mental Health

Thank you: What are we grateful for today?

  • To the Middle School 6th grade team for getting books out to all of the students this week. So proud that we are offering multiple ways students can continue the journey at home.
  • The HF-L Grass Roots organization is a community-run group offering support to senior citizens, newly unemployed families, and those most vulnerable who live within the HFL area. This group is offering grocery shopping and delivery, groceries and hygiene products, and homemade cloth masks. You can e-mail them at HFLgrassroots@gmail.com or phone them at (585) 371-8387.

They are open 10 AM-Noon and 4-7 PM Monday/Wednesday/Friday

Moving: How am I moving my body today?

  • Impressed with the children and adults I saw out exercising and walking in the snow today! Impressive.

Connecting: What beauty am I either creating, cultivating, or inviting in today

  • https://www.dropbox.com/s/m8jc5b7j1vrtyge/Teacher%20COVID%20video.mov?dl=0 From the Manor staff to all of their families and students. “Be with you.”
  • Met with Dr. Mendoza and Monroe County Executive Bello this week. Trying to keep all paddlers headed in the same direction.
  • I had a phone discussion with State Senator Gallivan today. Thanks, Board President Bellavia for joining the call.

 “Month 2 Day 3 in the pandemic log from the starship Earth.”

#HFLStrong 


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Employee Rights - 
Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Cancelations or Calendar Changes

All events and activities are postponed until further notice. 

Updated Resources for How Parents May Want to Talk to Children about the Coronavirus

https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource

HF-L Middle School Counseling page filled with resources for parents and students including on the coronavirus - https://middle.hflcsd.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=18409627&pageId=22912964 

 

Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District works in partnership with the Monroe County, Livingston County, and Ontario County Departments of Health. As a unique school district located 14 miles south of Rochester, New York the District also has facilities in two counties and enroll students from three. The District recognizes how challenging the situation is for families, students, and staff. The situation is taken seriously.

This website has been created to store the latest updates from the school district and to provide links to the resources the District is provided from governmental agencies regarding the Coronavirus or COVID-19.

 
PREP PLAN

The school district is strategically utilizing Prevention, Responsiveness, Education, Physical Spaces (PREP) to achieve the following goals:

  • Prevention: Minimize the spread using NPI (non-pharmaceuticals)
  • Responsiveness: Timely and accurate dissemination of information
  • Education: Preserve learning continuity and essential school functions
  • Physical Spaces: Maintain the safety, security and cleanliness of schools and busses.

 

Prevention:

The District remains diligent by following the guidance of the school physician, County Health Departments, the New York State Department of Health, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as it relates to the spread of any respiratory illness, and encourages parents and families to help by: 

  • Frequently washing hands with soap and using hand sanitizer as needed.
        (
    Link to CDC video on hand washing and its importance.)
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Staying home when you are sick.
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces. 
  • Ensuring vaccinations of all students are up to date

CDC Information on Stopping the Spread of Germs

Monroe County Health Department - https://www2.monroecounty.gov/health-coronavirus

NYS Department of Health - https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

Novel Coronavirus Hotline at (888) 364-3065


Responsiveness:

  • HFLCSD is committed to keeping all members of the school community informed in a timely manner.
  • School nurses will report any and all questions to the school physician for any question that cannot be answered the nurse will use the state Novel Coronavirus Hotline 1-888-364-3065
  • HFLCSD Counselors and Mental Health Staff will provide support where anxiety is high to help students focus
  • Questions submitted to any building or department administrator or to the Superintendent will be answered in a timely manner.


National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Children about COVID-19

Education:

The learning community is prepared to ensure that students continue to receive educational experiences.

Will schools need to make up lost time?

The 180 days of classroom instruction per year has been waived by Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

Athletics/Clubs:

The District recognizes that cancelations of athletic practices and other club events will disappoint students. The District asks for your patience and understanding as the community works together to address an unprecedented health challenge.

Center for Disease Control

FAQs from the CDC on the Coronavirus


Physical Spaces:

The Facilities Department has implemented a robust custodial cleaning program to ensure schools are properly cleaned and disinfected every day. 

Thank you for working to help navigate this evolving situation that impacts all facets of life and the entire community. The District will continue to provide regular updates as they become available.

Sent on 3/12/20 at 2:00 p.m. 

Dear HF-L Families,

With the first confirmed case of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Monroe County, the virus is undoubtedly on everyone’s mind. Our top priority is to keep our school community safe while continuing to provide vital educational and support services that our families rely on. We are working closely with the Monroe County Department of Health and districts throughout the area to analyze new information and to make informed, rational decisions with safety being our first priority. Although we are coordinating these decisions, each district has their own mitigating circumstances and decisions are dependent on those individual needs. School closure is not currently being recommended in our area.

However, we are taking several steps to limit exposure, mitigate health risks and be as cautious as possible while still supporting the healthy operation of school. To that end:

1.      HF-L, like most Monroe County districts, has decided to postpone or cancel overnight travel outside of the greater Rochester area through May 18 due to concerns about potential out of town risk and/or quarantine possibilities.

2.      We have also decided to postpone or cancel a variety of upcoming events through the April break. 

3.      Trips and events scheduled after May 18 will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

4.      https://www.hflcsd.org/c_o_v_i_d-19 This table will be regularly updated.

5.      Specific follow-up for certain events and trips will be sent by individual coaches, advisors, teachers or administrators.

Monroe County school districts are working together on a daily basis to discuss best practices, make important decisions, and develop ongoing strategies to keep our students, staff, and families healthy during this emerging situation. Again, we have been in daily consultation with the Monroe County Public Health Department and continuously review guidelines and recommendations from the New York State Health Department, State Education Department, and the Centers for Disease Control.

A lot has changed over the last 24 hours and we expect that this will remain a rapidly changing situation for days, if not weeks. We will be in communication with you whenever there is news but in the meantime, please take the opportunity to review our dedicated web page https://www.hflcsd.org/c_o_v_i_d-19
 that lists additional precautionary measures that we as a District are currently taking and plan to take if/when COVID-19 spreads in our area.

At this point, the most important action is to reiterate with your family members the importance of routine healthy habits to prevent the spread of illness, such as frequent hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when sick.  In situations like these, rumors may cause unnecessary reactions, panic, or blame directed at individuals or groups. The best way to combat fear is with facts and to remind each other that no one is to blame and we should be there to support each other. I will continue to keep you informed as additional information becomes available.

As always, please be assured that the Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District will act out of an abundance of caution to protect everyone’s health
 and well-being. Thank you and best wishes for continued good health.

Gene Mancuso

Superintendent

Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District

 


The Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs, activities, employment, and admissions; and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: David Leahy, Compliance Officer/Coordinator, at: Email - David.Leahy@hflcsd.org, Telephone - (585) 624-7181, Address - 20 Church Street, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472. Inquiries concerning the application of the Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District non-discrimination policies may also be referred to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), 32 Old Slip, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005, Telephone (646) 428-3800 (voice) or (800) 877-8339 (TTY).

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