• When will schools reopen?

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    At this time, we anticipate that schools will remain closed until Friday, May 15th.  As we continue to receive guidance and direction from the state and federal government, we will announce an updated return date as soon as a decision is made.

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  • Have 3rd quarter grades been posted to parent protal?

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    As of 4/16/2020 - they have not been finalized. We want to make sure that no Dunkirk High School student is negatively impacted by the pandemic and the 3rd quarter ending early.

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  • How will 4th quarter classes be graded?

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    We are waiting direction from SED for 4th quarter grading procedures.

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  • Will Regents exams be canceled this year?

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    The New York State Education Department has announced that June 2020 Regents exams are canceled. The guidance provided to school districts includes the following:

    • Students currently in grades 7-12 who would have been scheduled to take a Regents exam in June 2020 may be exempt, meaning that they will not need to take the exam in order to graduate.
    • In order to be eligible for an exemption, the student must currently be enrolled in a course leading to the Regents exam and must either receive credit for the course by the end of the current school year or through credit recovery by completing summer school in 2020.
    • The exemption also applies to exams typically required for a Regents diploma with Advanced Designation, such as Geometry, Algebra II, Chemistry, and Physics.
    • The exemption also applies to NYSED-approved +1 Pathway exams, such as LOTE Pathway exams, the CTE Technical Assessment, and CDOS credential requirements.

    For more information about the June 2020 Regents exam exemption, please see the following guidance document:
    http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/programs/coronavirus/nysed-covid-19-regents-grad-req-faq.pdf


    For specific questions about how this exemption may impact your eligibility for a diploma, please reach out directly to your school counselor.

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  • Will seniors be able to graduate this year?

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    Although we are still awaiting guidance from the New York State Education Department, we do not anticipate that any student will be penalized for this unforeseen situation. We fully expect that students who were on track to graduate should graduate.

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  • Will we have a Dunkirk graduation, prom, Senior activities?

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    While we do not yet have specific details right now, we are committed to finding a way to carry on all traditions at Dunkirk HS, including Senior activities, Prom and Graduation. We will share more details as soon as we know when and where these will be able to occur.

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  • Will students still receive credit for JCC College Connections courses?

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    JCC and Dunkirk CSD are working together to continue all College Connections courses to ensure that our students can earn the college credits they are seeking. Teachers will continue to provide online instruction aimed to ensure that all JCC learning goals are met and students are prepared for their course final exams. For questions about specific courses, please reach out to the class teacher.

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  • How do BOCES students receive work to be completed at home?

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    Students who attend BOCES should be hearing from their specific instructors. If not, call (716) 672-4371/(800) 344-9611.

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  • Will AP exams be cancelled this year? If so, will I receive my money back?

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    For the 2019-20 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online exam at home. The exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March.

    The College Board has provided free online exam preparation for students planning to take AP exams. For more information, visit https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students

    Any student who has already registered for an exam can choose to cancel at no charge. For more information, visit https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update.

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  • What support may be provided for medically fragile students during an extended school closure?

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    Parents of a child who is medically fragile and typically receives nursing services at school may be wondering about how to continue these supports during an extended school closure. Parents of medically fragile students should contact their healthcare provider for guidance, as using an agency nurse will require a medical order from the provider.

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  • Is there counseling available for students through the schools? How do I access it?

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    Counseling is available for students through our schools. Please contact the counselor of your child's building and ask for a session. Our counselors can speak with students over the phone or through video using Zoom. Please also watch for social and emotional learning lessons to be posted on counselor websites or in Google Classrooms. If you are unable to reach your child's counselor, please contact the main office of your child's school to make the connection for you.

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  • Our teacher is using Zoom to help students with learning at home. Is there a guide to help parents?

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    Students and parents who are new to Zoom may find the following website to be a helpful resource, https://www.simplykinder.com/zoom-tutorial-for-teachers/ The owner of this website has posted printable guides in both English and Spanish. Students who are having trouble may use the Zoom chat function to describe any issues that they are having to the teacher. 

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  • How can we access lessons/learning resources that are available online if we do not have internet?

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    Charter Communications is currently offering free Spectrum Wi-Fi for 60 days to homes with students who do not already have a Spectrum internet subscription. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. For more information call 1-844-488-8395.

    Students are also able to connect to school district WiFi access points in areas of the parking lot close to each school building. Only school-issued devices will be able to connect to the district network. Students may use these access points to check e-mail, visit Google Classroom and download documents to work offline at home. Please park near the building for the best connection and remain in your vehicle to maintain social distancing.

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  • How can we access the lessons/resources that are available online if we don't have a computer?

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    Elementary students should have received learning packets from the classroom teacher; any additional online activities are optional and may be provided to supplement learning at home. All middle and high school students should have been provided the opportunity to obtain a Chromebook for use at home during this time. If a student still needs a device, please contact the building principal to make the necessary arrangements.

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  • Can a student join another classroom’s on-line class if his/her class isn’t on-line?

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    Definitely.

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  • What should I do if I haven’t heard from my teachers? How can we communicate?

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    Teachers are using a variety of ways to communicate with parents and students at this time, including the Remind app, email, and messages posted to the student’s Google Classroom. If you haven’t heard from a teacher, please reach out to them directly by email or call the building principal to ask for help.

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  • What should I do if I have questions about the lessons provided for learning at home?

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    We know that learning at home can be challenging for both students and parents and that you may need help to complete the lessons and activities provided by your teachers. We encourage you to reach out directly to the teacher through Remind or by email. If you do not know how to reach the teacher or have general questions about learning at home, call (716) 366-9300 x-2070 and a member of our team will return your call!

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  • Will state tests be canceled this year?

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    Many students and parents have asked whether end of year assessments will be impacted by the extended closure of our schools. It was announced on March 20 that NYS has canceled all 2019-20 state assessments, including:

    • ELA, Grades 3-8
    • Math, Grades 3-8
    • Science, Grades 4 & 8
    • NYSESLAT
    • NYSAA
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  • Will students be graded on the work completed at home? How will this affect report cards?

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    As teachers provide learning materials and support for student learning at home, instruction will focus on preparing students to meet the most important learning outcomes for the course. In doing so, teachers will monitor student progress and provide formative feedback to guide student learning and development. This feedback may come in different ways, and may not necessarily be recorded as a traditional report card grade.

    Because extended closure may interfere with our ability to provide the full course of study by the end of the school year, it is expected that, as long as the student has met the standards assessed in the work provided, the student should pass the course and be granted diploma credit.

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  • How does this affect student attendance?

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    Attendance is not taken when schools are closed due to weather or other emergency conditions. Students are not marked absent when schools are closed. As a result, student attendance records should not be negatively affected by an extended school closure.

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  • Will students move on to the next grade level?

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    As teachers provide learning materials and support for student learning at home, instruction will focus on preparing students to meet the most important learning outcomes for the grade level course. Because extended closure may interfere with our ability to provide the full course of study by the end of the school year, it is expected that, as long as the student has met the standards assessed in the work provided, the student should pass the grade or course and be granted diploma credit.

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  • Will students have to go to school this summer?

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    Students should continue to learn at home to develop the knowledge and skills needed to be successful at the next grade level. At this time we have not received guidance on whether or how this will affect the academic calendar for the current or next school year.

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