Current status updates regarding COVID-19 (As of April 1)
- All FFCS classes are canceled until April 15 by executive order of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. All school-sponsored activities, including interscholastic athletics, are canceled/postponed. District offices and school offices remain open, but students and families should not visit campus unless it’s to pick up food or learning resources. All outdoor facilities including the track, basketball courts, athletic fields and playgrounds are closed at this time.
- Students should continue their at-home learning on weekdays through Tuesday, April 14. FFCS will also continue our meal service for families.
- If the closure is not extended, we will return to school on-site on Wednesday, April 15. There will also be classes on Thursday, April 16 and Friday, April 17, barring any changes. More information is available in the letter to families sent on April 1.
- On Thursday, April 9, we will provide DOUBLE MEALS (two breakfasts and two lunches) per student. This is because meal distribution will not occur on Friday, April 10.
- Grab-and-go meals are available on weekdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the high school vestibule. Breakfast and lunch will be given at the same time. Meals are for FFCS students ages 18 and younger. Families who are unable to get to the school should call FFCS Food Service Manager Vicki Palmer at 518-853-4415 ext. 4260.
Information for families
Dear parents and guardians,
Schools have received guidance about how the school closures will affect our spring break, which was originally scheduled April 10-17.
As we previously shared, on March 27, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order closing schools until at least April 15. Schools are required to continue our at-home learning plan with teacher support, provide meals for students and connect families of emergency workers with childcare resources.
If the closure is not extended, we will return to school on-site on Wednesday, April 15. There will also be classes on Thursday, April 16 and Friday, April 17, barring any changes.
FFCS was originally scheduled to have Spring Break from April 10-17. However, the governor’s order includes language about exhausting vacation and snow days while school is closed in order for schools to receive state aid. We will continue to monitor all available guidance and directives and keep you informed if this changes.
Please note, on Thursday, April 9, we will provide DOUBLE MEALS (two breakfasts and two lunches) per student. This is because meal distribution will not occur on Friday, April 10.
We recognize that this is a challenging situation. We’re here to support you through it, and we know that you are managing many personal and professional responsibilities. We would like to remind you of something that we often tell our students: All we can do is our best. We’ll get through this together.
Thank you all for your continued patience, understanding and support.
March 27, 2020
Dear parents and guardians,
Because of the ongoing COVID-19 public health situation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended an order today, March 27 for the continued cancellation of all classes and school-related activities. As such, classes are canceled for FFCS students through at least April 15. The governor said he will reassess whether to extend the closures again before students are set to return.
Sporting practices and events, rehearsals, shows, school events, activities and after-school programs will continue to be canceled. We will continue our to-go meal program. More information is available at https://www.fondafultonvilleschools.org/to-go-meals-for-all-students-available-on-weekdays/.
FFCS was scheduled to have its spring break from April 10-17. The latest executive order clearly states that there will be no regular classes until April 15. There is, however, new language in this order about exhausting vacation and snow days. We will await further guidance from New York state before making a determination regarding spring break. More information is expected early next week.
We continue to follow guidance from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), the New York Department of Health (NYDOH), New York Department of Education (NYSED) and our local county health department during this time.
Specifically, school leaders continue to seek guidance from NYSED about how these circumstances will impact the school calendar for the remainder of the academic year, including Regents examinations and graduation. Please remember that these questions are being asked all across the country. Our district will do everything we can to support our students. We will share more information as soon as it is available.
State assessments for students in grades 3-8 have been suspended by NYSED. This includes assessments for English language arts, math and science, as well as the K-12 English as a Second Language assessment and the alternate assessment for students with severe cognitive disabilities.
Expanded at-home learning plan
Our teachers are working to expand the PK-12 at-home learning plan. We encourage you to check the plan frequently for updates.
Please follow the recommended schedule of activities. We have added a date “ticker” to the homepage of the plan to show which day’s schedule you should follow. For example, it says “Today is [insert date] and it is Day [insert number] of activities.” If you have any questions about the plan, do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher. Our faculty wants to help and support your child as much as possible.
We expect to share additional books and materials with our students in grades K-5. Please watch for a follow-up email about this in the coming days.
Thank you for your continued patience and support. We will provide you with more information as it becomes available. We will continue to communicate with families via email, all-calls and our website.
Superintendent of Schools
- Center for Disease Control
- New York State Department of Health
- Travel Precautions
- Charter is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days. This service is available to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To learn more and enroll, visit their website or call 1-844-488-8395.