Salamanca Schools Safety and Education Plan for 2020-2021

this page will be updated multiple times a week- last updated September 2, 2020

Our plan is undergoing constant revision based upon community feedback, our latest version can be found

Current Safety and Education Plan

We welcome feedback- click here

Current Work in Progress:

Safety and Education Plan has been revised and can be located above

If you have not received a device, please contact your individual school. Seneca students in grades 4 and 5 will be delivered on 9/1 and 9/2.

On 8/27 the District Safety Committee met and revised the requirements for wearing masks in school. Effective immediately, masks will be worn all the time except for designated mask breaks that will be grade level specific.

Upcoming work:

Bus routes for students participating in hybrid education will be shared with parents starting 9/8. Transportation starts 9/14.

Building Level e-Learning Pages:

Salamanca Schools are committed to developing a safety and education plan that meets the needs of our students and their parents or guardians. We will develop our plan with complete transparency and consistently respond to feedback from students, staff, and our community.

Parents, there have been delays in mail getting to parents with information regarding specific course schedules and busing. We apologize. A few things to note:

e-learning for all students (except grades 4 and 5 at Seneca) will start September 1st. Grade 4 and 5 will start on the 3rd.

Students traveling to BOCES/CTE programs will have transportation beginning on September 8th.

Students in specialized programs at all three buildings have been contacted by the school and will start with in school instruction on September 10th.

Students in Hybrid classes- some will start with transportation on September 14th. You will be receiving information shortly.

Safety Philosophy:
If the District cannot open our buildings to students and staff safely, we will not open our buildings.

Educational Philosophy:
It is anticipated that e-Learning will be a requirement at one time or another during the 2020-2021 school year so the Salamanca City CSD will become excellent at it and capitalize on implementing high quality research based instructional strategies through contemporary e-Learning technologies.
In the development of the educational component of this plan, the District will:

  • Prioritize the request of parents and guardians, whether they be completely e-Learning, hybrid, or in person instruction

  • Focus on e-Learning

  • Prioritize the social and emotional well being of our students and staff

  • Return students to school on a gradual spectrum- younger students returning to in person instruction first while high schools focus on e-Learning

Frequently asked questions

  • Who can I contact for information or input?

    Dr. Mark Beehler, Deputy Superintendent, is coordinating the 2020-2021 school year plan. He can be reached at 716-289-3456.

  • What are the school start times?

    Normal school hours for adult staff will be the same for all buildings- 8:00AM-3:30PM

    Prospect and Seneca student drop off will occur between 8:20AM and 8:40AM; pick up from school will occur between 1:50PM and 2:10PM

  • Will the district provide technology again this year?

    Yes the district will continue to provide laptops, iPads, and WiFi hotspots to students to ensure all students have a device.

  • What about lunches?

    The district will continue to distribute lunches to students who are e-Learning. Pick up times and locations have been determined. More information can be found HERE.

  • When will the plan be finalized?

    The plan is targeted to be substantially complete by August 21 but will likely be revised continuously over the next several months to ensure the safety of everyone on campus

Required Information

  • When will the public have an opportunity to discuss the reopening plan?

    The district held public forums on the dates below. The sessions are recorded and can be located here.

    Thursday, August 13th at 1:00 PM

    Monday, August 17th at 4:00 PM

    Wednesday, August 19th at 7:00 PM

  • How will the district test students and employees for COVID-19?

    The district is expanding its relationship with TeleMed mobile medicine for testing. The district is also working with the Seneca Nation to coordinate student testing. As processes are finalized, more information will become available.

  • How will contact tracing be performed by the Salamanca City CSD?

    Mr. Ray Haley, Security and Safety Coordinator, has been designated as the district Contact Tracer. In the event an employee or students tests positive for COVID-19, Mr. Haley will contact the Cattaraugus Health Department and will utilize attendance logs, class lists, and bus routes,as well as interview students and staff, and review video recordings to identify individuals who had contact with the infected individual. Mr. Haley will coordinate these efforts with county and state health officials.