Welcome to Eldred Central School District Welcome to Eldred Central School District Home of the Yellowjackets! Eldred Junior-Senior High School is the place to be! Situated in the southern part of Sullivan County, New York, Eldred Junior-Senior High School offers a unique, individualized school experience. Eldred is an all-regents high school, whose students are among the top performing in the nation. After school, Eldred is bustling with athletics, clubs, and performing arts groups. George Ross Mackenzie Elementary School was built in 1995 on land belonging to George Ross Mackenzie. Our elementary school is located in the southern part of rural Sullivan County, New York near the Delaware River. 

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April 12, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

A small number of our Junior-Senior High School teachers and staff members were exposed to a student who tested positive for COVID-19.  George Ross Mackenzie Elementary School and the Eldred Junior-Senior High School were not impacted by this incident.  Both buildings will continue to operate on a normal schedule.  We will continue to transport our out-of-district students to their programs. 

The exposed teachers and staff members are required to quarantine for ten (10) days.  The quarantined students will be participating in synchronous instruction, and the student will follow their schedule.  Thank you for your help in providing your child with an education in these very difficult times. 

Thank you for your understanding and support.

 

Sincerely,

Traci Ferreira, Acting Superintendent of Schools



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April 9, 2021

Dear Parents/ Guardians:

Thank you for all of your support during this unprecedented and tough school year.  We are proud of the hard work that students, teachers, and parents continue to do every day to support the academic success of our students.

New York State assessments are still taking place this year, after a request to cancel the assessments was denied at the federal level. We will use this as an opportunity to gather data and see where our students currently are on their educational journey, which will help us with future planning.

Because New York State has decided that students cannot take these assessments at home, we have created a testing schedule for the students to take the state assessments at school. Students who are not testing (opt-outs), hybrid, and fully virtual students will work on other materials in the classroom or at home (asynchronous) while tests are being administered.  As always, students with IEP’s and/or 504 plans will have access to all accommodations.  All COVID protocols will be followed and we are confident that we can provide a safe testing environment.

The number of questions on the exams has been significantly reduced so they will be given on one day only during each testing window stated below.  While these state assessments will not be used to compare our school district to other districts across the state this school year, we continue to believe that every student should take the assessments. The data gathered from these assessments will be used to determine additional supports and remediation that will be needed the next school year.

Assessment Schedule:

  • Grades 3-8 English Language Arts assessments will be given on April 19th @ GRM and April 20th @ JSHS (B Week) and then on April 26th @ GRM and April 28th @ JSHS (A Week)
  • Grades 3-8 Mathematics assessments will be given on one day on May 3rd @ GRM  and May 4th @ JSHS (B Week and then on May 10th @ GRM and May 11th @ JSHS (A Week)
  • Grades 4 & 8 Science assessments will be given on one day between June 7-11, 2021. (No Lab Practical will be given.)

Please contact the building administrator of your child’s school if you have any questions, including opting your student out of any exams.

Sincerely,

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Traci Ferreira, Acting Superintendent


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April 7, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

A small number of students and staff members were exposed to a staff member who tested positive for COVID-19 at the Mackenzie Elementary School. Due to this exposure, those staff and students are in the process of being notified and will be quarantined based on the Sullivan County Health Department guidelines.

Our elementary school, George Ross Mackenzie, will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, April 8, 2021, for deep cleaning. Teachers will be leading instruction remotely. The elementary school will reopen, Friday, April 9th and continue to operate on the Group A/B in-person schedule. Since this exposure impacts a small number of students and staff members, we are able to continue instruction and supervision with the use of our substitutes. Eldred Jr/Sr High School students and staff are not affected by this incident.

The exposed staff and students are required to quarantine for ten (10) days. It is important that you know, we will continue to provide instruction to all students, whether in-person or remotely.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Sincerely,

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Traci Ferreira, Acting Superintendent of Schools



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March 22, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

A number of our Junior-Senior High School teachers and staff members were exposed to a student who tested positive for COVID-19.  Due to this exposure, the Junior-Senior High School will remain on remote instruction for the remainder of this week, Tuesday, March 23rd through Friday, March 26th.   Vo-Tech students will also remain remote this week. 

Our elementary school, George Ross Mackenzie, will operate on the Group A/B in-person schedule.  Elementary students are not affected by this incident. 

We will continue to transport our out-of-district students to their programs.

The exposed teachers and staff members are required to quarantine for ten (10) days.  It is important that you know, we will continue to provide synchronous remote instruction to all students, unless we are unable to secure a substitute teacher for a class.

Please remember that for participation in synchronous instruction, the student has to follow their schedule.  In order to have an active virtual classroom, please ask your child to keep their camera on and be present for their classes.  Thank you for your help in providing your child with an education in these very difficult times. 

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Sincerely,

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Traci Ferreira, Acting Superintendent of Schools



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March 21, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

Out of an abundance of caution, the JSHS will be on remote instruction tomorrow, Monday, March 22, 2021. This is due to a COVID-19 case.

AT THIS TIME, OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL will operate on the Group A/B in-person schedule. Elementary school students are not affected by this issue. 

We will continue to transport out-of-district students to their programs.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Sincerely,

 

John C. Morgano Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools



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March 19, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Our goal is to have all of our students return to in-person instruction just as soon as possible. In order to do this safely, we are going to install plexiglass barriers on student desks and on our busses. This combined with diligent use of masks will enable us to "return to normal".

According to a news publication, we have read that we are receiving about 1.5 million dollars from the federal government for use in addressing needs created by the COVID crisis. This money will be used in implementing our plan to return students to in-person learning.

We expect ALL students to return to in-person learning. Should the needs of a student require that they remain on remote learning, they would be asynchronous so that the teachers can focus on in-person instruction. We are waiting for the shields to arrive. Once they arrive we will move quickly to install the shields and get our kids back in school daily.

This summer Eldred will be offering grade 1 through 12 summer school. I am personally excited about this opportunity for our students.

Finally, our single-use bathrooms have been identified as "Gender-neutral" as required by law. These bathrooms are able to lock from the inside. Teachers have keys so the door can be opened in an emergency. These bathrooms are a small number of our total bathrooms.

This past year has not been easy for anyone. We have in the spirit of cooperation and collaboration made the best of a challenging situation. I thank you and our Board of Education for thinking of our kids first!

Sincerely,


John C. Morgano Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools


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March 15, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I want to clarify that Monday, April 5th is an instructional school day for “Group B”.  April 5th, Monday was initially on the draft calendar as a day off. However, that date was amended in the final academic calendar. 

Please contact me if you should have any questions.


Sincerely yours,

John C. Morgano Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools



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March 15, 2021


Dear Parents and Guardians,
 

Governor Cuomo and the Legislature have recently declared a mandate that all schools with a bathroom with one toilet, be designated a "Gender Neutral Bathroom" effective March 23, 2021.
 

These single bathrooms will have a lock on the inside to ensure privacy. For safety reasons, the single bathrooms can be unlocked from the outside of the door in the event of an emergency. 
 

Student bathrooms that have more than one toilet or urinal, are UNCHANGED by this action.
 

Please contact me if you should have any questions or concerns regarding this matter.
 

Sincerely yours,

John C. Morgano Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools


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Mrs. Ferreira - March 11, 2021 Board Meeting Presentation

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March 8, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,  

In revisiting the original letter on March 5th, JHS/HS students will return to in-person learning at the JHS/HS on Monday, March 15th. We received a call from the Health Department said that we must quarantine on Friday also.  

Therefore, this week will be all remote learning days Monday through Friday.

Additionally, once again I am asking for your assistance.  I need you to ensure that your children use their cameras on their computers. Teaching remotely is difficult enough without speaking to what appears to be a blank screen with icons. 

I also want to say that I am so proud of our students for wearing their masks all of the time. I have never seen a student with his/her mask off while they are in school.  Great job parents.

Our students are doing a great job! Thank you for all of your efforts during this difficult time.

 

Sincerely yours,

John C. Morgano Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


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March 5, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

A number of our high school /junior high school staff were exposed to a student who tested positive for COVID-19. 

BECAUSE a number of the staff were exposed, they are required to quarantine for 10 days. It is important that you know that we will continue to provide synchronous remote instruction to all students unless we are unable to secure a sub teacher for a teacher too ill to teach remotely. 

PLEASE remember that for participation in synchronous instruction, the student has to follow their schedule. Also, ask your child to keep their camera on, it's difficult to teach to a picture /icon. 

Thank you for your help in providing your child with an education in these very difficult times. 

AT THIS TIME, OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL will operate on the Group A/B in-person schedule. Elementary school students are not affected by this issue. 

We will continue to transport out-of-district students to their programs.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Sincerely,

John C. Morgano Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED - SCHOOL COMMUNITY FORUM, HOSTED BY SULLIVAN COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH

Sullivan County Public Health Services and Sullivan BOCES have hosted a School Community Forum on Wednesday, Nov. 4 to provide answers to commonly asked COVID-19 related question.

Public Health staff explained what to expect if you test positive for COVID-19  or if your or a family member is exposed to someone who has tested positive. They explained contact tracing; the difference between isolation and quarantine, and where you can get tested.

If you would like to view the meeting, please click the link below.

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Sullivan County Public Health Services clarifies when to quarantine, or isolate as COVID-19 cases rise

Please visit:  https://sullivanny.us/Departments/Publichealth/Coronavirus   for up to date information.

When Should I Quarantine?

Health Department staff remind residents that quarantine is used to keep someone who has been exposed to the virus (and who might be contagious even without symptoms), from spreading it to others.

Quarantine is for people who been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 and requires staying at home for at least 14 days while monitoring symptoms. During this time period an individual could develop active infection and become contagious. The average incubation period is 5 to 7 days, but it could take up to the 14th day.

A “close contact” means that you were within six feet of a COVID-19 positive patient for more than 15 minutes, provided care to someone with COVID-19, had direct physical contact, shared utensils or cups, or were directly sneezed or coughed on by someone diagnosed with COVID-19.

If you become symptomatic and get tested you should be on quarantine until those results come back. That includes if you have had a rapid COVID-19 test and a PCR.  Individuals must wait for BOTH results to come back prior to resuming normal activities. A negative rapid test does not mean you are cleared, both tests must come back negative.

When Should I Isolate?

Isolation is for people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and requires people to stay in their homes for at least 10 days while monitoring symptoms.

“People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, and monitor their health," said Nancy McGraw, Public Health Director.  "Please note that if you get tested during quarantine, you will still need to complete the full period even with a negative COVID test result.”

  

Source: Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. (2020, March 10). New study on COVID-19 estimates 5.1 days for incubation period: Median time from exposure to symptoms affirms earlier estimates and supports CDC's current 14-day quarantine period. Science Daily. Retrieved November 16, 2020 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200310164744.htm


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Clarification on Wednesday's Academic Schedule

Dear Parents,

In case there may have been some dialogue amongst the community about modifying Wednesday’s schedule. I wanted to let you know after some further discussions on the modification of Wednesdays, this will be on hold until further review with the planning in greater detail. If the change does occur, a logical time to begin any structural changes is at the beginning of the second quarter, November 16th. 

We have a meeting tomorrow, however I wanted to make sure that the parents are not confused. Changing Wednesday’s schedule will impact child care, specials and learning to read and parents will need time to plan should we modify how we educate children. Presently, we are not changing our current plan.
Sincerely, John C. Morgano, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools


2020-21 SUPERINTENDENT LETTERS AND PLANNING FOR RE-OPENING THE SCHOOL DISTRICT INFORMATION

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2020-21 Superintendent Letter And Planning For Re-Opening Information Page


PRIOR SUPERINTENDENT LETTERS REGARDING CORONAVIRUS

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Prior Superintendent Letters to Parents/Guardians





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Alanna Lupi

January Recipients
Jacob Fisher

November Recipients
Trai Kaufmann

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Deputy Sean Grady - SRO

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Dakota Finck
Josh Glantz
Sue Glantz    
Paige Spradling

July Recipients
Yulan Fire Department
Jeff Haas



ACTS OF KINDNESS(AOK) INITIATIVE BEGINS AT ELDRED SCHOOLS

As I have said many times in the past, the Eldred community is full of nice, kind kids with good parents.

We are not reminded of that fact often enough.

Our schools have a number of programs that stress the positive actions of our students. (Please see the list below).

I would like to take that a bit further. We are going to begin a couple of initiatives. Please find the button on our webpage where students, teachers, staff and parents can be "acknowledged" for doing something good for someone else and/or the community. It doesn't have to be something extraordinary - just an action that makes someone's day just a little easier. It can be anonymous or you can give your name.

We will be sharing this information with everyone at our monthly BOE meeting. (Those individuals identified as “AOK” will be acknowledged at a BOE meeting, of course, we will check with the person who was "made known on AOK" to be sure they want to be publicly acknowledged. Some people like to keep their good deeds quiet.)

We will call this button the  Acts of Kindness "AOK" button (please click).

In the same vein, we will have boxes at each school where this information can be dropped into the box.

We are all on this journey together. It's important we support each other. You may click on the icon below.

Sincerely,
Dr. John C. Morgano
Superintendent

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In an effort to provide you with factual information regarding our efforts to make our schools the positive learning environment we all want for our children, I present the following initiatives that are occurring in our elementary and JSHS school.

A course is being offered for teachers to design an elementary addendum to the Code of Conduct that will be more aligned with the needs of elementary school students and reduce the frequency of problematic behaviors.

       GRM initiatives:

  • Walk and talks
  • Brief individual counseling
  • Brief small group counseling
  • Conflict resolution/peer mediation
  • Anger management
  • Emotion identification
  • Social skills training
  • Worry warriors/coping strategies for the anxious
  • Coping strategies for grief/loss
  • Teacher and parent consults
  • Resources and referral
  • Grounding techniques, breathing sets, mindfulness, visualization
  • Heavy work/sensory breaks
  • Think sheets
  • Behavior contracts
  • Positive reinforcement plans
  • Token economies/group contingencies
  • Model: ignoring, effective commands, acknowledging expectations and verbal reinforcement, attention grabbing signals
  • SEL lessons – small group or whole class by invitation
  • Post positive potty papers
  • Provided Principal with wall clings with positive affirmations

Have done in past

  • Restorative circles
  • Restorative justice
  • Yoga4classrooms
  • Bibliotherapy/writing to address trauma

All Grade Levels K-6

  • Social-emotional learning lessons on Mondays
  • PATHS curriculums
  • Choose LOVE (it introduces courage, gratitude, forgiveness and compassion)
  • Peer mediation
  • Role play during counseling sessions
  • Model positive behavior and social skills
  • School Resource Officers (SROs)
  • DARE Program
  • “Too Good For” program (10 week program providing 1st grade resources to address social emotional learning experiences.

PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) Mackenzie

  • PBIS follows Mackenzie Manners: Be safe, Be respectful, and Be responsible
  • Big BEE and Little BEE awards monthly for 2 students that show Mackenzie Manners throughout the month.  Golden trophy awards are presented to the 2 classes that exemplify the best teamwork during PE classes for the month.
  • Quarterly Caring Classmate awards are presented to students in the primary grades exemplifying kindness and empathy to their peers.
  • Individual classroom teachers employ their own reward systems.  Some examples include prize boxes, happy cards, high fives, and tickets.
  • Logical Consequences are being created and will hopefully be implemented in September.  These will be created by the teachers under the guidance of Dr. Morgano.
  • Socktober sock drive
  • December PJ drive
  • "Soup"er Bowl donations
  • Koala and Kangaroo collection for Australia

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      JSHS initiatives:

  • Counselors are visible and available during lunches
  • Coping skills
  • Meet with counselors individually
  • Work on calming and de-escalating skills
  • Teaching positive self-talk and positive self-image
  • Teach respect rights and responsibility
  • Try to breakdown social situations to assist in building social skills
  • School Resource Officers (SROs)

PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) JSHS

  • Welcome Back ice cream social at the beginning of the school year and an end of the year ice cream social.
  • Winter Welcome back with donuts and coffee coming back from winter break.

Activities to build kindness, empathy, and compassion run by PBIS:

  • Homecoming Week/Spirit Week where the classes dress up to show unity.
  • Pep rally - students learn about all of the clubs/sports that are available to students. Classes merge together, play games to show cooperation. 
  • Color Wars (spring) classes work together to compete against other classes. 
  • "Soup"er Bowl  donations
  • Student of the Week
  • PBIS is working on "What to do" videos modeling the positive behaviors of the PBIS matrix once completed will be posted in a Google Drive for all teachers to be able to incorporate with their lessons throughout the year 

PBIS have done in past

  • Peer mentoring program which we match 7th graders with upperclassmen to mentor them through their first year at the high school.

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            District initiatives:

  • Character building/Anti-bullying Speaker
  • DASA Training – 6 hour course for all staff
  • DASA Training Program for community members
  • Suicide Prevention training for staff
  • Suicide Awareness implementation
  • Speaking with students to educate them on bullying
  • Open door policy for students to speak with Superintendent, Principals, Counselors on topics such as bullying of self or others
  • “A O K” (Acts Of Kindness) button on the District webpage seeks to focus on and increase positive behaviors



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The Eldred Central School District takes emergency preparedness very seriously. We have a comprehensive safety plan that assists our staff and Emergency Responders to respond swiftly should an emergency occur. We provide ongoing crisis management training to school administrators and other key staff members throughout the school.

Emergency response plans are in place at the school. An Emergency Response Team oversees the plan, and team members have assigned roles and responsibilities should an emergency occur. The team meets regularly to review procedures and conduct annual training and drills so that students and staff are aware of the most effective and safe emergency response.

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Report An Incident

Eldred Central School District is committed to providing a safe, supportive environment free from harassment, bullying and discrimination for all students. The District encourages the involvement of staff, students, parents and community members in the implementation and reinforcement of the Dignity for All Students Act (“DASA”).
If you believe you, or someone else, has been the target of harassment, bullying, cyber-bullying, and/or discrimination, please use this form to report all allegations.
School/district personnel witnessing an incident or receiving a report of an incident must complete and submit this written report within two (2) school days. NOTE: School/district personnel must also orally notify the principal, superintendent or their designee no later than one school day after witnessing or receiving a report of an incident. In order to qualify under DASA, the offense must be in violation of one or more of the protected classes that are: race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender and sex. The law applies whether an individual actually belongs or is perceived by others to be part of a protected class.
All complaints will be treated in a confidential manner. Anonymous reports may limit the district’s ability to respond to the complaint. A prompt and thorough investigation will be conducted for all incident reports.
Please complete this form and return it to a school administrator or Dignity Act Coordinator.

Every student should look forward to coming to school and see school as a safe place.

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Notes from the Nurses


The notices below are information to parents for immunizations and influenza (flu) updates. 

Please direct inquiries to Nurse Denise Farragher at the JSHS and Nurse Tracy Whitney at GRM.

The Flu: A Guide for ParentsClick here
CDC Flu (Influenza) VaccineClick here
Immunization Notice to Parents Click here


Website Accessibility For Our Users

It is the goal of the Eldred Central School District that the information contained in our website be accessible to all individuals, including those with visual, hearing or cognitive disabilities. Our aim is to comply with current New York State standards on website accessibility. (New York State OFT Policy, P04-002, Accessibility of State Agency Web-based Intranet and Internet Information and Applications). To this end, we are in the process of reviewing our site and modifying pages that are found to have accessibility issues. The majority of pages in our site are available in HTML format that can be deciphered by screen readers. Some documents are in Adobe PDF format. To convert these documents to a more accessible format, please visit Adobe’s online PDF conversion web page. If you are unable to access any page(s) in our site, please contact our Superintendent, Dr. John C. Morgano by phone: 845-456-1100 ext. 5296, email: morganoj@eldred.k12.ny.us , or mail: 600 Route 55, Eldred, NY with the location of the page or document you were attempting to access and we will do our best to provide it to you in a better format. Be sure to include your name, email address and phone number so we may follow-up with you. Thank you.

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