General Brown Central School District

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  • The mission of the General Brown Central School District is to prepare and inspire each student to meet future challenges.
     

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  • The General Brown Central School District’s Junior/Senior High School Band performed a virtual holiday concert.
     
    The General Brown Central School District’s annual Angel Tree program this year combined the generous efforts of many to provide gift cards and blankets to district families in need.
     
    General Brown Central School District Board of Education member Natalie Hurley has been named to the 2020 Class of the NNY Business 20 Under 40.
     
    GBCSD is joining all public school districts across the state to celebrate School Board Recognition Week to honor our local board members for their commitment to General Brown and its children.
     
    General Brown Central School District is making it easier for students to stay nourished so they perform at their best during the school day. Breakfast and lunch are currently available at no charge to all students. Families are encouraged to take advantage of these nutritious meals on days students are in school and when they are participating remotely.
     
    The General Brown Central School District was recently notified that the University at Albany’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities accepted the district’s application to be part of the center’s School Consultation Project for the 2020-2021 school year. 
     

Announcements

  • Thursday, January 21, 2021
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  • COVID-19 Cases Identified

    January 21, 2021

    The General Brown Central School District has been informed of positive cases of COVID-19 at Brownville-Glen Park Elementary School and General Brown Junior/Senior High School.  Please see the attached letter from Superintendent Barbara Case for more information.

    Letter from Superintendent Barbara Case

     


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  • Remote Only Instruction

    January 20, 2021

    The General Brown Central School District will be transition to remote instruction for Thursday and Friday, January 21 & 22, 2021.  Please see the attached letter from Superintendent Barbara Case for more information.

    Letter from Superintendent Barbara Case


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  • COVID-19 Cases Identified

    January 20, 2021

    The General Brown Central School District has been informed of two positive case of COVID-19 at Brownville-Glen Park Elementary School.  Please see the attached letter from Superintendent Barbara Case for more information.

    Letter from Superintendent Barbara Case


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  • Superintendent Case: District constantly monitoring COVID situation

    In a letter to district families, Superintendent Case COVID-19 addresses the district’s efforts to balance its commitment to in-person learning with keeping students and staff safe as the infection rate has risen in the area in recent weeks.

    Read the letter here.


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  • District shifts away from automated calls for COVID notifications

    Beginning today, Monday, January 11, General Brown Central School District will report COVID-19 cases via email and through its website, but will no longer send voice messages to report them to the general school community.

    The district wants to ensure automated calls are reserved for emergencies and time-sensitive notifications to families, and administrators are concerned that the volume of calls may cause families and employees to become complacent in listening to the messages.

    Phone calls related to COVID-19 will be reserved for notifying close contacts of an individual who has tested positive for the virus or if a school needs to shift to fully-remote learning.


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  • District Food Services expands meal pickup to cover weekends

    Beginning January 13, the District will offer free meals to all students to cover every day of the week.

    For fully-remote students, this means families will be able to pick up seven days’ worth of breakfasts and lunches during the weekly pickup between 10 and 11 a.m. Wednesdays at the school location of their choice, which will be arranged at the time of ordering. Students attending the hybrid model also will be able to pick up the extra meals (now five days’ worth of meals) at this time.

    Funding for the extra meals is made possible by the district’s participation in the USDA’s school feeding program, which is slated to run through at least June 30.

    Families must order their meals ahead of time by contacting Food Services Director Jim Nevers at (315) 779-2300, option 7, option 1 or by email at jnevers@gblions.org.

    Visit the Food Service webpage for more information regarding meal pickup and to view menus.


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  • New Student Services director a familiar face

    Former Director of Student Services Kate Beattie is returning to the position beginning January 11.

    She left the position four years ago to become a principal at Carthage High School to diversify her experience, but she couldn’t resist the chance to come home to General Brown.

    Beattie started her career in education as an elementary school counselor at General Brown, and her connections to the district run deep.

    Read more about Ms. Beattie and her vision for the role.


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  • New page to serve as hub for COVID-19 information, resources

    In an effort to keep the school community up to date with information related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the General Brown Central School District has created a new page on the district website titled “COVID-19 Information & Updates.”

    The link for the webpage is located in the “Quick Links” column on the right side of the District homepage and is intended to be a hub for COVID-19 resources that families may reference.

    Read more about the new resource.


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  • Veteran administrator named interim principal at JSHS

    Veteran administrator Karen Denny has been named interim principal of the General Brown Junior/Senior High School and began working in the role this past week.

    Denny served as a principal for South Jefferson High School for 14 years, retiring in 2018. Since that time, she has worked as an interim principal for two schools in the Carthage Central School District.

    Read more about Mrs. Denny.


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  • School meals available for pickup for remote students

    Please note that students who are quarantined and participating in remote learning are encouraged to continue to get school meals. Parents should contact Jim Nevers immediately, and he will make arrangements for pickup for meals until the next scheduled meal pick-up day, which is Wednesday, Nov. 18. Going forward, regular deadlines for ordering will remain on Fridays for meal pick-up on Wednesdays.

    Read more about meal ordering and pickup here.


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  • Reminder for GB families on NYS travel advisory

    With the rise in COVID-19 infection rates in some areas across New York state and in an effort to prevent further spread of it in the north country, the Jefferson County Public Health Service has requested that the General Brown school district share information with parents and families that emphasizes details of the travel advisory in effect.

    It’s important to remember that limiting contact with people from out of the region is one of the best ways to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. As the holidays approach, families are asked to remain vigilant in protecting themselves and others by following the information regarding the travel advisory.

    Read more about the travel advisory.


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  • January Regents Exams canceled

    The Regents Exams scheduled for January 2021 has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID–19 pandemic, Interim State Education Commissioner Betty A. Rosa announced today.

    No decisions have been made regarding the Regents Exams scheduled for June and August 2021 or any of the other state assessment programs.


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  • Lead Testing

    All three General Brown Central School District builidngs were tested for lead.

    Click herer to view Lead test results


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  • Nabinger moves into principal role at BGP

    Missie Nabinger has been named principal of the Brownville-Glen Park Elementary School and started in her new role Monday.  

    Nabinger has worked in the General Brown Central School District since 2018 as director of Student Services.

    Read the full story. 


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  • Parents should take precautions as we enter the flu season

    This fall and winter, the flu virus and the virus that causes COVID-19 are both expected to be spreading.

    Getting a flu shot now is more important than ever because doctors don’t know what the risk is of having both flu and COVID-19 at the same time.

    Read more about the precautions you can take to protect your child from the flu.


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  • District offers assistance through urgent needs form

    General Brown school district wants to make sure that the needs — large and small — of all of its families are being met as we navigate these unprecedented times.

    We care deeply about members of our General Brown community, and the staff is here to help our students and their families with whatever issues may arise as a result of the pandemic or navigating school systems and practices.

    The district has made available a form to address any urgent needs our students and their families might have.

    Read more about the urgent needs form.


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  • DOH updates COVID reporting, return-to-school protocols

    The New York State Department of Health has updated its guidance related to student and staff attendance for those who are symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19.

    There also have been changes to the way school districts in New York state report confirmed and possible cases of COVID-19 to the state’s online dashboard.

    Read the updates here.


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  • Outdoor WiFi available

    Wi-Fi is available in the student parking lot of the General Brown Jr/Sr High School. 

    Students and staff can join the GBLIONS_GUEST Wi-Fi with their network username and password.


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  • School tax information available online

    Taxpayers can go online and print a copy of their 2020 tax bill. Taxpayers will also be able to check their payment status, which is updated within 24-48 hours of when the payment was made.

    • Visit: http://jefferson.sdgnys.com/search.aspx
    • Search for any parcel in Jefferson County by tax map number, name or address
    • Select a parcel
    • From here, you can view tax info, view tax bills or payment status

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  • Charter Communications offers free WiFi for students and teachers

    Charter Communications is offering 60 days of free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access to households with teachers and/or K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription, according to Charter’s website. In addition to offering in-home access, Spectrum has made its indoor and outdoor public hotspots open for public usage. Its full COVID-19 policy, which includes details regarding waiving of certain fees and shut offs for current customers experiencing hardships, is available on its website. A searchable link to a map of all of Spectrum’s public hotspots is also available on its website.


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  • Guide available to register for website updates
     
    Please click here to access the General Brown Central School District Website Registration/Subscription Guide. This guide provides information regarding how to receive notifications when selected portions of the district website have been updated.
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  • Schooltool parent portal information availableSchooltool
    The Parent Portal is available during the school year.
     
    To register for the parent portal, please Click Here for an application. Forms are also available in each main office. Completed forms should be submitted to your child's school's main office.
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  • Central registration available at district office 
     
    The General Brown Central School District has a central registration system. If you wish to register a student in one of the district's three schools, please visit the General Brown Central School District Office at 17643 Cemetery Rd., Dexter, New York.

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