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2021-2022 Williamsville Central School District
Instruction, Busing, Athletics, Music, and Extra-Curricular Activities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Updated November 19, 2021 

In this document you will find information on:

It is important to note that this is a working document and subject to change based on updated health and safety guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH), New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), and New York State Education Department (NYSED).  If guidance should change regarding athletics, the District will adjust health and safety guidelines accordingly for athletics.

2021-2022 Williamsville Central School District
Instruction, Busing, Athletics, Music, and Extra-Curricular Activities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

During the COVID-19 global health pandemic, the Williamsville Central School District’s top priority remains health and safety.  As we prepare to open our schools for full-time, in-person instruction five days a week, the District is using the following guidance documents to keep our learning environments healthy and safe for all of our students, faculty, and staff:

Masks will be required to be worn by all students, faculty, staff, and visitors while indoors regardless of vaccination status.  Masks are strongly recommended but not required to be worn if outdoors.  For additional health and safety measures for the District, please review Health and Safety Measures During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Full-Time, In-Person Instruction

All of our elementary, middle, and high schools will open for full-time, in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 school on Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

NYSDOH daily health screenings are optional.  However, the District will continue to have staff members checking temperatures as students, staff, and visitors enter the building each day to identify individuals who may have COVID-19.

e-Academy

Families who enrolled in the e-Academy will begin to receive fully-remote instruction on Monday, September 13, 2021 through Erie 1 BOCES.  It is important to note that the e-Academy is being taught by BOCES teachers. 

BOCES will also be providing an “e-Academy Boot Camp” for students from September 7, 2021-September 9, 2021.

As a reminder, students who are enrolled in the BOCES e-Academy will be enrolled for an entire year.

Quarantine Instructional Device Information

Quarantine guidelines were updated by the Erie County Department of Health on November 18, 2021.  Please review the updated information regarding quarantine on the COVID-19 Education Page.

If a quarantine situation arises, the District will provide digital devices as needed to students to complete instruction, with the exception of middle school students who receive a Chromebook as a part of the District’s 1:1 initiative. Please note, if the District provides a digital device to a student who is in quarantine, that device will need to be returned when the quarantine period ends.

  • Individual Quarantine
    • 8-10 calendar days (6-8 school days) quarantine for students
    • Device Pickup: Parent pickup device from building
    • Instructional Delivery: Asynchronous*
  • Classroom (Elementary)
    • 8-10 calendar days (6-8 school days) quarantine for students
    • Device Pickup: Parent pickup quarantine device from building
      Please note: If more than three (3) classrooms are required to quarantine in an elementary school, parents will have to pickup a device from the District office.
    • Instructional Delivery: Synchronous/Asynchronous (schedule to be provided by teacher/school) *
  • Full Grade Level
    • 8-10 calendar days (6-8 school days) quarantine for students
    • Device Pickup: Parent pickup device from the District office
    • Instructional Delivery: Synchronous/Asynchronous (schedule to be provided by teacher/school) *
  • Building and/or District Closure
    • Recommendations regarding a school or District closure during the COVID-19 pandemic will be made by the ECDOH and/or NYSDOH
    • Device Pickup: Parent pickup device from the District office
    • Instructional Delivery: Synchronous/Asynchronous (schedule to be provided by teacher/school) *

*Specific details to follow. Teachers will be required to provide asynchronous work (through Google Classroom or Seesaw).  Teachers will continue to maintain landing pages to ensure easy access to materials.

Remote Instruction

In the event the District is required to transition to fully remote instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic, plans are in place to transition.

Busing

While the District is adding bus drivers for the start of the 2021-2022 school year, we are anticipating a shortage of 15-20 drivers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the District will continue to use the MyStop bus app, it is important to note that due to the need for daily bus routing changes and flexibility, tracking your specific bus may not be available at various times. Bus schedules will be available the week before school begins.

It is important to remember that parents can request bus service at any point in the school year.  If you have any questions please contact the Transportation Department at 716-626-8388 or 716-626-8394.

If you or someone you know might be interested in becoming a bus driver, please contact Student Transportation of America (STA) at 716-912-6143.

Bus Capacity and Health Safety Measures

School buses will be loaded to full-capacity.  Students will be assigned seats to help with contact tracing if there is a positive case of COVID-19.  Masks are required to be worn on the bus regardless of vaccination status.

Child Nutrition - Meals

The United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved free breakfast and lunch for all students for the 2021-22 school year. Each child is entitled to one breakfast and one lunch per day. Second lunches/entrees or ala cart items will need to be purchased.  While not required, the District encourages families to still fill out the Annual Free and Reduced application on WITS.  It is also being sent home with students on the first day of school. We encourage every family that qualifies for this program to still fill out the application because this information is linked to many other assistance programs such as exam waivers, driver education discounts, P-EBT benefits, Medicaid benefits, and possibly more.

Our goal is to have students consume meals, in the cafeteria.  Additional eating spaces (i.e. classrooms, gymnasiums) could be used to facilitate meals if social distancing requirements change and limit capacity in school cafeterias. 

Athletics

All athletic activities are continuing as scheduled.  At this time, the District will participate in all Section VI athletic contests.

Athletes are required to wear acceptable masks at all times when not playing or practicing. Athletes are strongly encouraged to wear masks during play and/or practice unless they are unable to tolerate masking for the physical activity. Coaches, trainers, and other individuals who are not directly engaged in physical activity are required to wear masks at all times.

Proper mask wearing is also required when indoors during athletic activities.

Snacks stands will be permitted to sell pre-packaged, sealed items.

School bus transportation for athletics will continue to follow guidelines, as stated above, requiring a mask for all riders regardless of vaccination status.

Music: Band, Chorus, Orchestra

All band, chorus, and orchestra activities are continuing as scheduled. Concerts and performances will be allowed to be held in accordance with health and safety guidelines.   As long as students are properly masked while singing, chorus can utilize 3 feet of social distancing.

Extra-Curricular Activities

It is expected that all health and safety protocols are followed during any extra-curricular activities.

Physical Education

Physical education (PE) classes will continue, as scheduled during the COVID-19 pandemic.  To the extent possible, PE classes should be taught outside.  If PE is taking place indoors, masks are required to be worn regardless of vaccination status.

Field Trips

Field trips will be allowed, and must follow all health and safety guidelines.  The field trip approval process, previously established, must be followed at each school or District level.

After School Programs – Just for Kids

Just for Kids will be offering child care services at each of the District’s elementary schools.  For further information on this program, please contact Kristina Kleeh at 716-639-8500.