All GB schools closed to mitigate spread of COVID-19
Out of an abundance of caution and to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the General Brown Central School District community, all GB schools will be closed and all extracurricular activities and events canceled beginning March 16 through at least April 17.
“This is not a decision taken lightly, as we recognize this action will impact many families’ regular routines, including child care and parents’ and guardians’ work schedules,” Superintendent Barbara Case said. “This situation is very fluid, and we want families to be prepared that it could change, so we appreciate your patience and flexibility during this unprecedented time. Our priority is the health and safety of our students, staff and community.”
On March 14, the superintendents of the Jefferson-Lewis-Hamilton-Herkimer-Oneida BOCES region and the public health department leaders of Jefferson and Lewis counties made the decision to close schools in an effort to slow and contain the spread of COVID-19.
Because there are practical limits to trying to continue the district’s recognized instructional program in an online format, that is not the district’s goal. Instead, the district’s focus will be to ensure the state-required continuity of instruction by sharing a variety of resources with families for parent-guided and self-guided learning for students.
Those families whose children receive school meals through the free and reduced-price meals program will be directly contacted as to how they will be able to continue to benefit from that program.
As of right now, staff members should report to work on March 16, barring any further direction from the Jefferson County Department of Health. Any staff experiencing symptoms or placed in self-quarantine by the Department of Health must not report to work.
The New York State Education Department continues to work with the governor’s office, the New York State Department of Health and the U.S. Department of Education to provide guidance to schools and district officials, who will continue to monitor and follow that guidance.
During this closure and to prepare for when schools reopen, the district’s custodial staff will continue to clean and disinfect schools and buses to minimize the spread of viruses and a variety of other illnesses. This includes using an electrostatic sprayer, which applies a coating of disinfectant on surfaces.
The district will continue to update the community via the district website with any new information.
Any time-sensitive, critical information will be shared via the district’s SchoolMessenger notification system, which sends email and phone call notifications, depending upon how parents subscribed to the system.