COVID-19 - Updates

Honeoye Falls-Lima Coronavirus Resources and Information
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NEW UPDATES!

New! Cancelations or Calendar Changes

Cancelations:

  • Extra-Life overnight lock in at HFL High School
  • Visit our School Day for Lima Primary – lunch payments will be refunded
  • EMCC Field Trip for High School Students
  • All overnight trips outside of the District through April 12
  • Use of Indoor School Facilities for non-school groups through April 12 (Including all Community Programs which include community ed., wellness center, and the pool)
  • The Senior Citizens' Luncheon and Matinee Performance
  • Jr. High All-County Festival, Webster
  • Sr. High All-County Festival, Eastman Theatre
  • Sr. High All-County Festival, West Irondequoit
  • Manor School Mother/Son Bowling, Miller Lanes
  • H.S. Musical Preview
  • Soccer Intramurals at the Middle School
  • Elementary All-County, Pittsford Sutherland High School 
  • Boys' Basketball Banquet
  • Boys' Swim Banquet
  • Virginia Beach Band Trip

 

Postponed:

  • HF-L Robotics Cougar Tech 2228 Finger Lakes Regional Competition
  • HFLEA 4th Annual Bowling Tournament
  • High School Musical - "Bye Bye Birdie"

 

 

NEW! Updated Resources for How Parents May Want to Talk to Children about the Coronavirus

https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource

HF-L Middle School Counseling page filled with resources for parents and students including on the coronavirus - https://middle.hflcsd.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=18409627&pageId=22912964 

 



Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District works in partnership with the Monroe County, Livingston County, and Ontario County Departments of Health. As a unique school district located 14 miles south of Rochester, New York the District also has facilities in two counties and enroll students from three. The District recognizes how challenging the situation is for families, students, and staff. The situation is taken seriously.

This website has been created to store the latest updates from the school district and to provide links to the resources the District is provided from governmental agencies regarding the Coronavirus or COVID-19.

 
PREP PLAN

The school district is strategically utilizing Prevention, Responsiveness, Education, Physical Spaces (PREP) to achieve the following goals:

  • Prevention: Minimize the spread using NPI (non-pharmaceuticals)
  • Responsiveness: Timely and accurate dissemination of information
  • Education: Preserve learning continuity and essential school functions
  • Physical Spaces: Maintain the safety, security and cleanliness of schools and busses.

 

Prevention:

The District remains diligent by following the guidance of the school physician, County Health Departments, the New York State Department of Health, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as it relates to the spread of any respiratory illness, and encourages parents and families to help by: 

  • Frequently washing hands with soap and using hand sanitizer as needed.
        (
    Link to CDC video on hand washing and its importance.)
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Staying home when you are sick.
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces. 
  • Ensuring vaccinations of all students are up to date
  • Increasing social distancing for school events and activities. 
  • Separating sick students and staff immediately
  • Taking temperatures of students and adults who don’t feel well and encourage sick members of the school community to stay home if ill.  

Pre-emptively closing schools will remain an option.

CDC Information on Stopping the Spread of Germs

Monroe County Health Department - https://www2.monroecounty.gov/health-coronavirus

NYS Department of Health - https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

Novel Coronavirus Hotline at (888) 364-3065


Responsiveness:

  • HFLCSD is committed to keeping all members of the school community informed in a timely manner.
  • The school principal and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction will track daily student attendance and provide that data to the Superintendent daily.The school principal and the Director of Human Resources will track daily staff attendance and provide data to the Superintendent daily.
  • School nurses will report any and all questions to the school physician for any question that cannot be answered the nurse will use the state Novel Coronavirus Hotline 1-888-364-3065
  • The Public Relations Specialist will create a district web page devoted to COVID-19 and information on the District’s web page.
  • HFLCSD Counselors and Mental Health Staff will provide support where anxiety is high to help students focus
  • Questions submitted to any building or department administrator or to the Superintendent will be answered in a timely manner.

When would a school close?

NYSDOH in concert with NYSED has created mandated closing and reporting requirements in the event of a COVID-19 diagnosis. If your child’s school is closed you will receive a phone call, email, and text with that information with as much advance notice as possible. Additional information would then be distributed in the same way, using the School Messenger System. All staff and parents who have opted out of that system are highly encouraged to re-enroll.

Additionally, a school may be closed if there is a large number of staff absences or if the Governor declares a state of emergency. Schools may also be closed because the cleaning needs of the District surpass the availability of custodial services or resources. In these cases, the District would communicate the closures as listed above.

National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Children about COVID-19

Education:

The learning community is prepared to ensure that students continue to receive educational experiences.

  • The Assistant Superintendent of Instruction as well as each building principal is tasked with creating an instructional plan for extended school closings that will be communicted directly to families via School Messenger and will be posted on the school website in the event of a prolonged closing.
  • The District has asked all students in grades 6-12 to bring their laptops and charging cables home with them each day.
  • The District has required all staff who are assigned a District supplied laptop and charging cables to bring these items home each day as well.
  • The District has asked teachers to begin to place all assignments and or homework on the school learning management system, Schoology. In the event students are individually absent, their work will be posted.
  • If there are confirmed cases at any HF-L schools or offices, the specific school or office will be closed for one day (1) to sanitize. All school closures will be communicated to the County Health Departments and/or New York State Department of Health, and the NYSED. If the District is directed to close schools by any of the aforementioned, it will comply.
  • If school closures exceed four (4) days, students will be assigned at-home learning experiences prescribed by the District.
  • Teachers are beginning the process of preparing possible activities for students in the event of a prolonged absence. This will not take the place of regular classroom instruction but will supplement student learning at home. Assignments will not be required or graded during an extended closure of schools. These activities are meant to provide optional opportunities for student learning and preparation for Regents or AP exams.

Will schools need to make up lost time?

Per State Regulation, students are required to have the equivelant of 180 days of classroom instruction per year. At this time a decision has not been made about how the District will address closure and required instructional days.

The NYS Education Department is aware of these issues, and is expected to issue guidance to schools in the future. That information, when shared, will be posted here.

Athletics/Clubs:

As of today few events have been cancelled, except for the business trip to NYC and the Senior Citizens’ Lunceheon held annually at the Middle School. In alignment with other Monroe County Schools and the recommendations of the local health department guidance, activities that bring together large groups of people in confined spaces are being limited or canceled.

The District recognizes these changes will disappoint students. The District asks for your patience and understanding as the community works together to address an unprecedented health challenge.

Spring Break:

If you will be traveling during spring break please monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel advisories. Currently, travelers to Italy, Iran, China, and South Korea must self-quarantine for 14 days when arriving back in the United States. Updated travel information and current guidelines can be found on the CDC website. 

The Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District will follow all guidelines and directives regarding exclusion and readmission to any of the sites. The current recommendation for self-quarantine is 14 days following the last exposure to the affected individual.

It is recommended that you contact your health provider if symptoms develop.

Center for Disease Control


FAQs from the CDC on the Coronavirus


Physical Spaces:

The Facilities Department has implemented a robust custodial cleaning program to ensure schools are ready to receive students every day in a safe and nurturing environment.

  • HFLCSD will continue to provide hand-washing supplies and hand sanitizer at dispensers in every school and facility.
  • HFLCSD will continue to provide disposable wipes to be used at the discretion of the teacher if a sink and soap and water is not available.
  • HFLCSD will focus on high contact areas such as door knobs and desk tops for extra cleaning and disinfecting.
  • HFLCSD will  be adding additional hours so that staff may complete necessary cleaning in classrooms and busses as requested by directors of principals
  • If a school closes, staff will report to designated areas to be trained and supplied to decontaminate spaces based on the guidance provided by the NYSDOH.

The District’s goal is to keep school open as long as possible while prioritizing the health and safety of students and staff. These two things may seem at odds with each other, but please know the District is weighing many factors in its decisions, including keeping families in the health care industry available to take on this enormous challenge and ensuring students are continuing to receive the consistent education and services that they rely on every day. Thank you for working to help navigate this evolving situation that impacts all facets of life and the entire community. The District will continue to provide regular updates as they become available.

Sent on 3/12/20 at 2:00 p.m. 

Dear HF-L Families,

With the first confirmed case of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Monroe County, the virus is undoubtedly on everyone’s mind. Our top priority is to keep our school community safe while continuing to provide vital educational and support services that our families rely on. We are working closely with the Monroe County Department of Health and districts throughout the area to analyze new information and to make informed, rational decisions with safety being our first priority. Although we are coordinating these decisions, each district has their own mitigating circumstances and decisions are dependent on those individual needs. School closure is not currently being recommended in our area.

However, we are taking several steps to limit exposure, mitigate health risks and be as cautious as possible while still supporting the healthy operation of school. To that end:

1.      HF-L, like most Monroe County districts, has decided to postpone or cancel overnight travel outside of the greater Rochester area through April 12 due to concerns about potential out of town risk and/or quarantine possibilities.

2.      We have also decided to postpone or cancel a variety of upcoming events through the April break. 

3.      Trips and events scheduled after April 12 will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

4.      https://www.hflcsd.org/district/c_o_v_i_d-19 This table will be regularly updated.

5.      Specific follow-up for certain events and trips will be sent by individual coaches, advisors, teachers or administrators.

Monroe County school districts are working together on a daily basis to discuss best practices, make important decisions, and develop ongoing strategies to keep our students, staff, and families healthy during this emerging situation. Again, we have been in daily consultation with the Monroe County Public Health Department and continuously review guidelines and recommendations from the New York State Health Department, State Education Department, and the Centers for Disease Control.

A lot has changed over the last 24 hours and we expect that this will remain a rapidly changing situation for days, if not weeks. We will be in communication with you whenever there is news but in the meantime, please take the opportunity to review our dedicated web page 
https://www.hflcsd.org/district/c_o_v_i_d-19 that lists additional precautionary measures that we as a District are currently taking and plan to take if/when COVID-19 spreads in our area.

At this point, the most important action is to reiterate with your family members the importance of routine healthy habits to prevent the spread of illness, such as frequent hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when sick.  In situations like these, rumors may cause unnecessary reactions, panic, or blame directed at individuals or groups. The best way to combat fear is with facts and to remind each other that no one is to blame and we should be there to support each other. I will continue to keep you informed as additional information becomes available.

As always, please be assured that the Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District will act out of an abundance of caution to protect everyone’s health
 and well-being. Thank you and best wishes for continued good health.

Gene Mancuso

Superintendent

Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District

 


The Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs, activities, employment, and admissions; and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: David Leahy, Compliance Officer/Coordinator, at: Email - David.Leahy@hflcsd.org, Telephone - (585) 624-7181, Address - 20 Church Street, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472. Inquiries concerning the application of the Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District non-discrimination policies may also be referred to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), 32 Old Slip, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005, Telephone (646) 428-3800 (voice) or (800) 877-8339 (TTY).

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