Letter from Superintendent Barbara Case May 5 2021
The General Brown Central School District is continuing to work to find ways to expand in-person learning for students this school year if at all possible.
To address the issue of transportation, district leaders are analyzing the results of the district-wide survey parents and guardians were asked to complete last month. They also are working to find solutions to other barriers related to classroom capacity and physical distancing requirements.
The General Brown Central School District will be closed on Friday, May 28, 2021. It is consistent practice that if the District has two unused snow days as of April 10, one day will be added to the Memorial Day recess, as long as there is a minimum of one snow day remaining.
Given the many challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, the District is pleased to offer employees and families one additional day to spend together for the Memorial Day weekend.
Please find below summarized results from our previously collected data to help us improve instruction and our daily operations for the remainder of the school year. This was collected earlier in the month. Thank you to all who participated in the survey.
The General Brown Central School District is now asking residents who have a child eligible for kindergarten to pre-register them for the 2021-2022 school year. Eligible children must be five on or before December 1, 2021.
General Brown residents can call Donna Keefer at 315-779-2300, Option 9, Option 3, betwen March 15, 2021-March 26, 2021 to pre-register for kindergarten.
General Brown CSD is asking families that have not submitted the annual Free and Reduced Price Lunch (FRPL) form for this year to do so to ensure qualified students will continue to receive meals in the fall of 2021.
Currently, all students in the General Brown Central School District can receive free meals whether attending in-person or remote classes. This USDA funding will continue until the end of this school year. Although parents/guardians do not need to fill out any forms to receive this year’s free meals, once this program ends, only those who qualified and completed the FRPL form will continue to receive the benefit.
The General Brown Central School District will once again offer General Brown residents and their children the opportunity to attend Universal Pre-Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year.
If you have a child who is four years old or will be four years old on or before Dec. 1, 2021, that child is eligible for Universal Pre-Kindergarten.
General Brown residents can call Donna Keefer at 315-779-2300, option #9, option #3, between March 1,2021-March 12, 2021 to be placed on the list for Pre-Kindergarten.
The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified the need for strong Internet connectivity in people’s homes as students are learning remotely. Jefferson County officials recognize that there are areas in the county that are unserved or underserved. In an effort to improve broadband access in Jefferson County, residents and businesses are asked to participate in a survey to help determine the needs and opportunities for broadband in the county.
Jefferson County is working with the Development Authority of the North Country to conduct the survey, which will help the Development Authority move forward with its efforts to expand broadband access in the county.
Take the survey from any computer or mobile device at this link: www.jeffersoncountybroadband.com.
For more information, contact the Jefferson County Planning Department at 315-785-3144.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.