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

Updated March 4, 2022 

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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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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.