Update to Families + Feedback Request

Update to Families + Feedback Request
Posted on 03/23/2020

March 23, 2020  

Dear Families and Students, 

We hope that this note finds you all healthy and managing as best as can be. We miss seeing everyone here at school, but have been embracing new ways to connect as a community. I’m sure that will only build over time. I’m writing today with a few brief updates and some follow-up information. 

  1. Food: We will continue to offer bagged breakfasts and lunches for children and adults. This will continue Monday-Friday until schools reopen. Meals are free for students. Pick up is via a drive-thru method at both Lima Primary and the High School from 11-1.
  2. Learning: We are very proud of the work that has been done to move our K-12 in-person experience to a virtual one. Our staff has done an excellent job of getting this work started while managing the impact of this situation on their own families. They have carefully considered how to start this the right way and provide materials and experiences that are meaningful now. The District’s Instructional Plan is placed on the website and started in earnest today.

Some Terms for HF-L Parents:

Schoology – HF-L schools have been using this online learning management tool for two years. All of our students can log into this system independently using the district website. Most of our staff communicate with your children through this tool directly.

School Tool – HF-L schools have been using this online student management system for over a decade. Teacher contact information, attendance information, and other relevant student data is housed in this location.

Zoom – Zoom is an online portal that allows video and voice sharing that has been used in business for a number of years. The District has owned a license for this product for a number of years. Connecting visually is an important communication aspect of this tool.

  1. School busses. Tomorrow you will see Honeoye Falls-Lima school busses in neighborhoods. We are delivering learning materials to students who attend Lima Primary School. On Wednesday, our drivers and busses will be delivering instructional materials to students in grade five. We are one community. The Manor and Lima schools will also be offering one more chance for students and families to pick up their school assigned devices. Please e-mail your principal to get on that list.
  2. Your kids should be tuning in and taking part. They’ve done a great job so far. Thanks for your support. Are you having difficulty with technology or are you in need of a device or internet access? technologyservices@hflcd.org (send us an e-mail)
  3. Closure: We are still only officially closed through April 1. As we did from the beginning, we will work with local emergency management staff, the Health Department, the County Executive, the State Ed. Department, and ultimately the Governor’s office to determine our status for closing or opening moving forward. Health and safety continue to be our primary concern. Our facilities are closed and almost all staff are working remotely except for those staff who continue to improve the facility and clean and disinfect. Please reach out to administrators via email (or voicemail if needed as they go to email) if you need something and they can assist you remotely. 
  4. Your Help: As many have said, please participate in “flattening the curve.” Social distance is essential. Stay home and away from others. Prevent the spread. We’ll all be better for it. 
  1. Our Board of Education meeting will still take place Tuesday, March 24th at 7 p.m., but only virtually. Please go to the website to see a live version or you can view a recording that will be posted to our website. www.hflcsd.org
  1. We're continuing to post resources and regularly updated information about access to food, child care, and continuous learning at https://www.hflcsd.org/c_o_v_i_d-19 
  1. Finally, it can’t be said enough times, we hope you and your family stay healthy and we are here for you. Say the word if we can help and best wishes to you and yours. 
  1. Connecting with You: Your chance to offer feedback:

We need your input on what are some of the most important challenges we need to think about as we respond to COVID-19 and prepare for the future?

To gather your feedback, we're using a tool called Thoughtexchange. All of our voices matter, so your participation is crucial and valued.

Click here to participate: https://my.thoughtexchange.com/825808983

You'll be asked to respond to one open-ended question, consider and assign stars to some of the ideas shared by others (20 to 30 is ideal), and learn what's important to the group.

Your thoughts and stars are confidential. You can come back as often as you'd like to participate and, in fact, we ask that you do come back to star some of the new ideas shared since you first participated. The ratings will help us understand the most important areas to focus on for responding to the COVID-19 Emergency and preparing for the future of learning in HF-L.

Participation will be open until March 27, 2020.

If you need technical help, please call Thoughtexchange at 1-800-361-9027 ext. 4 or email help@thoughtexchange.com

Thank you in advance for your help and input.

For more information visit: www.thoughtexchange.com

 

***Important: With many companies working remotely if your e-mail has changed please send a note to hflregistration@hflcsd.org

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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