Questions and Answers
Questions from community and responses from the district (Updated 3/17/2020)
The Geneseo Central School District will be closed until further notice. This includes school grounds and playgrounds. We do not know exactly how long we will be out of school, but Superintendent Flowers will continue to provide families with updates.
Below are some of the questions gathered from the survey that was sent out on March 15th.
1. Are students going to fall behind?
Many of our teachers and staff have been preparing materials to share with students to support “continuity of learning” while school is closed. This work is meant to keep students engaged in learning during the closure but it will not replicate in-school instruction. We encourage families and students to engage in these shared learning opportunities and help keep them stay connected to school.
2. What about students receiving college credit?
Message from the College Board -
To help schools and students, we’re focused on:
- Supporting student learning of the remaining content and skills in the course.
- Providing flexible and streamlined testing opportunities and partnering with colleges and universities to ensure that students can still receive the college credit they have been striving to earn all year long.
The AP Exam administration remains as scheduled for schools that will be open on May 4–8 and 11–15, with late testing scheduled for May 20–22. https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update
3. Supporting all students with 504 or IEP?
Due to closed schools in NYS and students missing services, it will be a districts responsibility to determine the amount of compensatory services through CSE once school is back in session. In the meantime, teachers and service providers are providing families with learning opportunities to support students.
4. What about CSE meetings?
The US Department of Education has released the following guidance related to evaluations and re-evaluations for special education services.
“Additionally, IEP Teams are not required to meet in person while schools are closed. If an evaluation of a student with a disability requires a face-to-face assessment or observation, the evaluation would need to be delayed until school reopens. Evaluations and re-evaluations that do not require face-to-face assessments or observations may take place while schools are closed, so long as a student’s parent or legal guardian consents. These same principles apply to similar activities conducted by appropriate personnel for a student with a disability who has a plan developed under Section 504, or who is being evaluated under Section 504.”
Parents will be contacted by the Special Education Office regarding the possibility of a phone meeting.
5. Directions for connecting to Google account and logging into WiFi
When the Chromebook is turned on, you will need to attach to a WiFi network. Once connected to the network, the student should login to the Google account the way that they would while they are in school. If they are having any issues, please email our technology helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Current scheduled field trips, activities and events?
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed an executive order directing all schools in New York to close by Wednesday, March 18 for two weeks ending April 1. This means that there will not be any events or trips. The state will reassess whether to extend the school closures further and Superintendent Flowers will continue to update families about trips, activities, and events.