Cattaraugus Edu Dept on long distance learning, meal services, graduation arrangements

By Trudy Jackson, Education Director (Cattaraugus)

All districts have now moved on to the last grading period for this school year. Schools must still determine if students have met minimum learning requirements to advance to their next grade level. Therefore, students are required to continue learning new material while at home and demonstrate that they have learned and understand it.

Teachers and staff at all districts are available every day for support and questions. Encourage your children to reach out to their teachers regularly, even if they do not need help with assignments.

Online applications are being used across all districts to make submitting work, meeting with teachers and providing updates much easier and quicker. If you are having issues getting connected through these apps you should contact your teachers first for assistance. Teachers are the first direct contact for questions or help with anything during this time. Technology needs can be addressed from your child’s home District.

Parents should make sure their contact numbers are up to date and phones are able to receive voicemails. Teachers and school staff will reach out regularly to check in with students and families. You may also contact the Education Department for assistance as we have direct access to Building Administrators and support staff at each district.

WiFi access is available at all districts in the parking lots, as well as the Seneca Nation Education/ECLC building parking lot. Contact the Education Department for the passcode. Our number is 716-532-3341.

Meal service is available through the end of the academic year. Gowanda and Silver Creek provide pick-up and delivery of meals. Lake Shore provides pick up service at the Middle School and Seneca Nation ECLC.

Contact your school if you would like to be added to this service for deliveries (Gowanda, Silver Creek). All children under 18 are eligible to receive meals at each location.

Graduation ceremony arrangements are available on your District Website. Many Schools are waiting for NYS Governor’s decision regarding social gatherings etc. and will be determined on May 30, 2020. The Seneca Nation Senior Dinner is also on hold for the time being. The Education Department may contact Seniors for information regarding a project we are working on for Senior recognition should the dinner be canceled.

Parents and Students, please keep up the hard work and dedication to learning for the rest of the school year. Your efforts count and will help with retention upon returning next school year. Stay safe families.