• IMPORTANT UPDATES REGARDING COVID-19

Important Update On Homeschooling

  • Dear Homeschooling Families,

    April 13 — Thank you for your patience as we adapt to the changing circumstances due to COVID-19 and school closures. The Board of Regents adopted emergency regulations to ease the burdens and provide important flexibility for educators, students, professionals and others to address interruptions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The emergency regulation specifically states the following in regards to Home Instruction:

    The Department will amend the Commissioner’s regulations to provide that an alternative form of evaluation for students receiving home instruction, in lieu of an annual assessment, will be permitted for all grades in the 2019-20 school year due to the State of Emergency declared by the Governor.

    As per the New York State Homeschooling Regulations, at the time of filing the fourth quarterly report as specified in the Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP), the parent shall also file an annual assessment. As a result of the NYS ELA/Math 3-8 and Regents assessments being suspended for this year, the NYS Homeschool website and NY State Office of Religious and Independent Schools (SORIS) issued the following guidance:

    Section 100.10(h) regarding annual assessment for students participating in a program of home instruction is amended to provide that an alternative form of evaluation, in lieu of an annual assessment, shall be permitted for all grades in the 2019-20 school year due to the State of Emergency declared by the Governor pursuant to an Executive Order for the COVID-19 crisis.

    Specifically, guidance from the NY State Office of Religious and Independent Schools (SORIS) stated that homeschooling families “may use the narrative form of evaluation in the 19-20 school year even if they used it in a previous year, and even if they would otherwise have been expected to submit a standardized assessment.”

    I hope that your family stays healthy during this challenging time and look forward to working with you as we head into the fourth quarter of this school year.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Sincerely,

    Tamara Jones
    K-12 Coordinator of Instructional Support
    Coordinator of Homeschooling
    Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES

April 9: Instructional Materials To Be Sent Home

  • Dear Midlakes Families,

    APRIL 9 — Greetings from Midlakes, where we are missing our students terribly and cannot believe how long it has been since we have seen them in person!

    I hope this message finds your family in good health and taking care of each other during these challenging times. We are so proud of our students for their hard work, but we also hope they are finding balance and remembering to play, unwind, and connect with friends, even during this time of social distancing.

    I have just a few updates and reminders. First, Governor Cuomo has modified his original Executive Order extending the closure of school. Midlakes is closed at least through April 29, instead of through April 28 as originally communicated. The Governor will continue to evaluate the reopening of school two weeks at a time.

    We coontinue to add materials regarding school operations on our website, including information regarding the cancellation of June 2020 Regents Exams, opportunities to access health insurance through New York State, and more. 

    Midlakes is preparing for the instruction of new content beginning on April 15. Our Transportation Department and a group of volunteers will deliver new instructional materials to students’ homes between 9-11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 14. Tuesday is not a meal delivery day. Students whose teachers have transitioned completely to online learning will not receive a package. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher or principal.

    Happy Easter and Happy Passover to those celebrating holidays! I hope you all continue to enjoy good health and positive spirits. Your Midlakes family is thinking of you and wishing you the very best!

    Sincerely, 

    Matt Sickles, Superintendent

June 2020 NYS Regents Exams Cancelled; Graduation Requirements Modified

  • On Tuesday, April 7, the New York State Board of Regents cancelled the June 2020 administration of all Regents Exams, due to the extended COVID-19 school closure. The New York State Education Department then provided guidance that explains the impact on students and their graduation requirements.

    Below you will find a very informative "Frequently Asked Questions" document that addresses the impact of the cancellation of the June 2020 Regents Exams. The New York State Education Department has provided this helpful document to help you understand how your child is affected. If your child was planning to take a Regents Exam in June 2020, please take the time to read this document carefully.

    Some highlights of the NYS Education Department’s guidance include:

    • Students currently enrolled in any Regents course and scheduled to take one or more Regents Exams in June 2020 are permanently exempt from those exams.
    • Students currently enrolled in a Regents course may earn Regents credit toward a diploma by successfully completing the Regents course. This applies to all students in grades 8-12 who were on track to take a Regents Exam in June.
    • Students who do not successfully complete the course will have the opportunity to earn Regents diploma credit through credit recovery over the summer. These students will still be exempt from the Regents Exam.
    • Students who previously earned course credit, had not yet passed the Regents Exam, and were on track to retake the Regents Exam in June 2020 are now exempt from taking that particular Regents Exam.
    • Students scheduled to take a Regents Exam in June 2020 are not required to take that specific Regents Exam in the future.
    • Student transcripts will document that students were exempt from a specific Regents Exam.
    • The Regents Exam exemption also applies to the locally developed Checkpoint A and Checkpoint B assessments for Languages Other Than English (French and Spanish).
    • The Regents Exam exemption applies to all diploma type, including a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation.

    The FAQ document addresses many other details regarding students with disabilities, graduation safety nets, CTE programs, course credit, and other topics.

    We are grateful to the New York State Education Department for providing clear guidance and for holding students harmless from the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. It is appropriate that students must pass a Regents course in order to earn Regents credit, under these unusual circumstances. We hope these decisions will provide appropriate relief to students during these unprecedented times. It is very important that students continue to work hard and work closely with their teachers to ensure they pass these courses.

    If you have any questions, please contact the high school administration or your child’s school counselor. 

Special Enrollment Period Opens For Health Insurance

  • Many residents at risk of losing their health insurance may be eligible for coverage through NY State of Health, which opened a special enrollment period for those who are uninsured.

    New Yorkers that lost employer coverage must apply within 60 days of losing that coverage. Because of a loss of income, New Yorkers may also be eligible for Medicaid, the Essential Plan, Child Health Plus, or subsidized Qualified Health Plan coverage.

    To learn more about this program, visit the following links.

April 6: Schools Are To Remain Closed

  • Dear Midlakes Families,

    APRIL 6 — I hope this message finds you in good health and maintaining a positive outlook during this challenging period of social distancing.

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Chancellor Betty Rosa of the New York State Board of Regents made two important announcements today.

    Governor Cuomo announced that all New York State schools will remain closed until April 29, 2020. This means Midlakes is closed through April 28, with a possible return date of April 29.  The Governor will continue to evaluate the school closure/return date as the COVID-19 health crisis evolves. Midlakes will provide instruction and meals throughout the length of the closure.

    The closure of school through April 28 means that we will move forward with the distribution of new instructional materials. However, the exact distribution dates and methods of distribution are yet to be determined. We will provide teachers with updated guidance regarding academic expectations during the extended closure.  We will have more information to share with families later this week. 

    Chancellor Rosa announced today that the June 2020 New York State Regents Exams will be cancelled. However, formal action will not be taken until Tuesday, April 7, and guidance will be provided to schools at that time.  This is a very important point.  Until the New York State Education Department shares this guidance, we do not know any of the details or impact related to the cancellation of Regents Exams. We will share more information about Regents Exams as it becomes available.

    Thank you for your continued patience during this rapidly changing situation.  We will share more information as soon as possible.

    Sincerely,

    Matt Sickles, Superintendent

District To Reschedule UPK, K Registrations

  • APRIL 1 — Earlier this year, the District announced it had received a state grant to expand Universal Pre-Kindergarten opportunities.

    Initial plans called for the District to complete a Request for Proposal (RFP) process and open registration to local families. Due to the extended school closure, the District has been unable to move forward in that process. 

    The District will share details on UPK and kindergarten registration as soon as possible, but an extended school closure may impact our ability to finalize any details.  

    We continue to investigate alternatives for UPK and kindergarten registrations and will community those as soon as possible. In the meantime, families can go to the District website and fill out the pre-registration form, for kindergarten only.

    We appreciate your patience during these uncertain times. Thank you.

Family First Coronavirus Response Act

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March 31: District To Provide Support Through April Break

  • Dear Midlakes Families,

    MARCH 31 — I hope this message finds you in good health and hanging in there under extraordinary circumstances. Our students and their families are in the thoughts of the entire Midlakes school community.

    As you may have seen on the news, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order closing school through April 15 included a directive that school districts continue to provide education during the days that were originally designated as April break. Therefore, teachers will continue to communicate and provide instructional support throughout this period of school closure, including April break. 

    The instructional materials distributed on March 16 and 17 were prepared with this possibility in mind, so no new materials will be distributed at this time. Teachers will continue to support the work and materials already assigned. We are currently working with teachers to prepare additional instructional materials in case school is closed longer. To be clear, at this point Midlakes is closed only through April 14, as we wait for more direction from the Governor.  We will notify you if this changes and provide new information regarding academic expectations as necessary.

    We will continue to deliver breakfast and lunch on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule, including the week of April 6-10. Families can sign up for meal delivery on the school website.  The website also includes information about childcare options available in the community.

    Thank you for your patience with my many phone calls and messages.  As always, if you have any questions please contact your children’s teachers, counselors, and principals.

    Sincerely,

    Matt Sickles, Superintendent

Online Learning Assistance

  • MARCH 30 — With the recent surge in use across the country, many of the District’s eLearning vendors are experiencing periodic outages due to high demand. Those receiving a “network down” message or intermitted downtimes for Schoology, iReady and SeeSaw. Those encountering these issues should give the platforms a few moments and try again.
     
    iPads
    The District has found that many iPads issues can be resolved by making sure that iPads are connected to the filter. Students and families should log into the filter before trying to use apps or the Internet. Families also need to log in once at least once a day and at times after waking the iPad up from its sleep mode.
     
    To log into the filter, please be sure to follow these steps after connecting to WiFi:
    1. Open Safari and go to http://lakenet-team.edutech.org/mobilelogin2.html
    2. Log-in with a Midlakes username and password. (firstname.lastname) and password (5 digit student ID number)
    3. Please be sure to pick Midlakes from the dropdown list of schools
     
    If you have already followed steps 1-3 on the iPad, families can use the iBoss icon to make it easier to log into the filter in the future.
     
    Feel free to reach out through email to techhelp@midlakes.org.
     

Superintendent's Update

  • Dear Midlakes Family,

    MARCH 27 − Earlier today, Governor Cuomo announced that he will issue an Executive Order closing all New York State schools until April 15, 2020.  This means Midlakes is closed through at least Tuesday, April 14.  This adds one day to the original closure directed by Ontario County Public Health. The Governor stated that he will re-evaluate the situation at two-week intervals and make decisions about additional closures based on the information available at the time. At this point, we know that Midlakes will be closed through April 14.

    We will continue to provide breakfast and lunch to students throughout the period of school closure; according to the Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule, I communicated yesterday.  We will still need volunteers to support food preparation and delivery, so please stay tuned for information about how you can help during the next few weeks. The campus remains closed except for essential staff and the preparation and delivery of student meals.

    Since we were already planning to be closed through April 13, the learning plans that were developed at the beginning of the closure are still sufficient and appropriate.  I will send more information next week as we begin to plan for the possibility of another extension to the school closure.

    Thank you, once again, for your patience and understanding as we respond to this evolving health crisis and its impact on public education.  I will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available.

    I wish you and your loved ones good health and a nice weekend!

    Sincerely,
    Matt Sickles, Superintendent

Superintendent's Update

  • Dear Midlakes Families,

    MARCH 26 — This message contains important updates and reminders, including changes to our food delivery schedule while school is closed. 

    First, I would like to remind our families that we are still planning for Midlakes to be closed until at least April 13.

    I would like our students to know how much we miss them, how proud we are of their hard work and perseverance, and that we wish all of you good health during these challenging times.

    As you know, our staff has been hard at work cleaning our buildings and providing food to our students.  We are so proud and grateful for their efforts as well as those of the many volunteers who have been helping with deliveries.

    I would also like to take this opportunity to recognize our technology support staff who have been working hard to assist students and families as they adapt to remote learning using technology.  They are doing a great job! If you need assistance with iPads or any of our online learning tools, please email techhelp@midlakes.org.

    Effective Monday, March 30, we will be switching to a three-day per week food delivery schedule.  Instead of delivering every weekday, Monday through Friday, we will now be delivering breakfast and lunch on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays only.  However, each delivery will include two days’ worth of food.  We will deliver two breakfasts and two lunches per student on each of the three delivery days.  The delivery times will also change.  Instead of delivering between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., we will now deliver between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. There will no longer be on-campus food pick-up, so beginning Monday, March 30 all food will be available by delivery only. These changes will enable us to take better care of our staff who have been working so hard to prepare and deliver food to 750 students each day.

    If you have not already signed up for delivery, please do so by using the online form on the school website. You may also email foodservice@midlakes.org or call (315) 548-6434.   Please sign up as soon as possible, so you are set up for delivery on Monday, March 30.

    I would like to reassure parents that we understand the importance of flexibility during this period of remote learning.  Grading practices have been modified, teachers are working to space out their communications, and we are all prepared to be patient and understanding while our students adjust to these new circumstances.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher, counselor, or principal.  All contact information is available on the school website.

    Thank you all for your continued patience and understanding. Please let us know if we can help in any way!

    Sincerely,
    Matt Sickles, Superintendent

Important Information Regarding Advanced Placement Exams

  • Dear Parents,

    MARCH 24 — AP College Board published this announcement (click here) on Friday, March 20.

    The following information is a highlighted recap from that announcement:

    1. Students will take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home instead of taking the three-hour+ exam that was scheduled to take place at a remote location as a group.  Students will be able to take the exam on a computer, tablet, or smartphone.  They will also be able to take a photo of handwritten work.
    2. There will be two different testing dates (one earlier and one later to allow more study time). The full exam schedule, specific free response question types that will be on each AP exam, and additional testing details will be available on 4/3/2020.
    3. AP College Board will unlock any relevant free-response questions in AP Classroom for digital use so students can access all practice questions of the type that will appear on the exam. All students logged on to AP Classroom to register for the exam.  If they do not remember their passcodes, they should call AP College Board.
    4. According to the College Board, “colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they have worked this year to earn.”
    5. The attached link has the content that will be covered for each AP exam.
    6. Beginning on 3/25, students and teachers can attend free, live AP review courses delivered by AP teachers across the country (look under the attached memo for a link titled “Free Remote Learning Resources”). There will also be videos posted on youtube.com/advancedplacement.

    Please encourage your son/daughter to review the above information and participate in the review.  The AP posted lessons and reviews are optional, and individual teachers will be in touch with their students this week about the review.

    Thank you for your continued support.

Superintendent's Update

  • Dear Midlakes Families,

    MARCH 20 — As we head into the weekend and news related to the COVID-19 health crisis continues to evolve, I wanted to reach out with some updates and reminders.

    Most importantly, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 involving anyone related to the Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District.  We will continue to keep you informed of that status.

    I would like to thank our students and families for your patience and cooperation as we transition to a new form of education. I am hearing very positive reports about what a great job our students are doing as they engage in remote learning.  Keep up the great work!  I would like to remind parents that the delivery of assignments and instruction during the school closure is not intended to create unnecessary stress.  Please communicate with your child’s teachers and make parenting decisions as you see fit.  We respect and support the decisions you make in the best interests of your children.

    I would like to recognize our teachers, administrators, and instructional staff for their amazing work as well. This is a new experience for them, too, and I appreciate their efforts to teach, support, and connect with our students under unfamiliar and challenging circumstances. 

    Please continue to visit the school website, Midlakes.org and the Midlakes Schools Facebook page for important updates and resources. Most importantly, the website has valuable information regarding student access to breakfast and lunch. We began home delivery of food today, and I would like to recognize our food service, transportation, and facilities staff for their amazing work. With their help and the help of volunteers, we delivered breakfast and lunch to nearly 700 students!

    Please continue to use the online request form to sign up for weekday delivery of breakfast and lunch for your children.  You can also use the request form to make us aware of non-school-aged children who need our help. Finally, if you received a delivery today but do not need or want it in the future, you can use the request form to stop delivery as well.

    The school website and Facebook page will continue to be your best source of information regarding school and community resources. We are blessed to have such a caring community and there are many people and organizations ready to help.

    Take good care of each other and have a peaceful and healthy weekend!

    Sincerely,
    Matt Sickles, Superintendent 

    photo of food delivers

Superintendent's Update

  • Dear Midlakes Families,

    MARCH 18 — I hope this email finds you and your loved ones healthy and in good spirits.

    I know I can speak on behalf of all our teachers, administrators, and our entire staff in saying that we miss our students already! 

    For the safety of our staff and community, the Midlakes campus is closed. Essential staff are working to clean the buildings and support basic operations. If you need to contact the school, please use email as phone calls will not be answered while we are closed. A staff directory is available on the school website at https://www.midlakes.org/domain/2061.

    Please know that the instructional materials and assignments provided by our teachers are intended to continue your child’s education during the school closure.  They are not intended to create stress or anxiety during an already difficult time. Please keep in mind that the materials represent several weeks’ worth of education and we do not expect the work to be completed all at once.

    If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s work, please contact the teacher by email or through other established methods of staying in touch.  We are all concerned about the difficulty of this situation and understand the need for flexibility and patience.

    The District is continuing to put plans in place to provide support throughout the school closure. Please check the school website regularly for updates and new resources.

    The District is prepared to provide breakfast and lunch to all students on weekdays during the school closure. We are also working with local churches and other organizations to provide additional access to meals.  Breakfast and lunch “grab and go” items will be available for pick-up in the bus loop of the middle/high school beginning on Friday, March 20; 7-9 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m.  Families can also complete a form on our website to request at-home delivery of student breakfast and lunch by our bus drivers.  All information related to feeding students and providing access to food throughout the community can be found on our website.

    We care deeply about the entire Midlakes community and we will work closely with local agencies to support our students and families during these challenging times.

    Sincerely,

    Matt Sickles, Superintendent

Meal Service Starts March 20

  • Grab and go meals will be available to all students from 7 to 9 a.m. and noon to. 1 p.m. on weekdays starting Friday, March 20 in the Middle/High School bus loop. All District students are eligible for breakfast and lunch at no cost.

    Meal delivery will begin on Friday, March 20. Drop-off times will vary but will occur between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on weekdays. Food will be left on the doorstep to limit social contact, regardless if anyone is home or not. 

    Families seeking information on the District's meal program, and those wanting to confirm meal delivery or have special requests during the closure should complete the following form:

    »MEAL REQUEST FORM«

    Those with additional questions, may call (315) 548-6434 or contact foodservice@midlakes.org.

Superintendent's Update

  • MARCH 17 − I would like to update you on several key issues related to the closure of school.

    Parents may continue to pick up instructional materials and retrieve student belongings throughout the afternoon today, March 17, based on the schedule communicated yesterday.

    If you will not be able to pick up materials by the end of those scheduled hours, please call the appropriate main office today to make other arrangements. The elementary school main office can be reached at 315-548-6900 and the middle/high school main office can be reached at 315-548-6300.

    Please be advised that report cards for students in grades K-6 will be mailed.  For grades 7-12, the end of the 3rd quarter will be extended as necessary to accommodate the submission of student work when school reopens.

    If you are experiencing difficulty with District-owned iPads, technical support will be available until 5 p.m. today in the High School Gym and the Elementary Lobby. Some technical issues are best resolved by bringing the device to campus. However, technical support can also be accessed by emailing your issue to techhelp@midlakes.org.

    Beginning on Friday, March 20, "grab and go" breakfast and lunch items will be available to all students on weekdays.  On-campus pick-up for grades K-12 will be held from 7 to 9 a.m., and noon to 1:00 p.m. daily in the Middle/High School bus loop. We are working to make other pick-up sites available in the community beginning on Monday, March 23. We will communicate the location of any off-campus sites as soon as possible.

    Please continue to monitor the school website, Midlakes.org, for important information.  Thank you for your continued patience as we work to meet student needs during this difficult time.

    Sincerely,
    Matt Sickles, Superintendent

Community Resources

  • MARCH 17 — The entire Pupil Support Office is available to serve you via e-mail during the closure. We understand you may have questions during this uncertain and stressful time. In the case you don’t have Internet access, please contact the Midlakes Technology Department, which may be able to assist in resolving any issues, at (315) 548-6470 or techhelp@midlakes.org.

    Families seeking information on the District's meal program during the closure may call (315) 548-6434 or foodservice@midlakes.org.

    Middle/High School PSO

    Elementary School PSO

    Community Resources

    A variety of community agencies are available to provide support to local families.  Below are resources for food, household needs, and mental health concerns. Please contact Katie Peck or Kristin Wrobbel (Social Workers) for questions of possible additional resources.  As with everything, these services are rapidly evolving and are subject to change. 

    United Church of Phelps, 58 Main St. Phelps (315) 548-2772
    Free bag lunches are available weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. at the kitchen door in the back of the United Church of Phelps. Sandwiches will be place off-hours in the Blessing Box, the white cupboard resting to the side of the church building. 

    Wellspring Church, 22 Teft Ave. Clifton Springs
    Kathy Mallaber – (315) 871-7093, kmallaber2@rochester.rr.com
    Food distribution on alternative Tuesdays (starting March 24th) from 5:30-7:30 PM, emergency food distribution as needed (contact Kathy for arrangements), Hearts of Gold for household needs (such as clothing, appliances, furniture), and pastoral and counseling services

    Phelps Community Food Cupboard (emergency food supply)
    8 Banta St., Phelps
    Tom Cheney – (315) 651-0534

    Family Promise of Ontario County (emergency housing services)
    185 N. Main St., Canandaigua
    (585) 905-3988 or https://www.familypromiseontariocounty.org/

    CPEP – Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program
    Clifton Springs Hospital
    (315) 462-0425

    Strong Memorial Hospital Psychiatric Emergency Department 
    (585) 275-4501

    Mental Health Crisis Line
    Phone: (800) 273-8255
    Text: 741741

    Talking to Students About COVID-19

    During this difficult time, students may have a number of questions and concerns….as you may as well.  Below are some resources that will provide practical guidance in dealing with, and talking about, these issues.

    Colleges

    Many colleges are also dealing with closures and have been evaluating their procedures and timelines. This is a rapidly changing situation, and the best way to obtain accurate information about an individual college will be to reach out to that college directly via their webpage or Admissions Office.  If any senior needs a transcript sent during this closure, please e-mail the appropriate counselor (as previously noted).  For students who have not yet completed the Financial Aid Process, please attempt to do so as-soon-as-possible, at the FAFSA website.

    The Junior Search for a College Night, originally scheduled for March 26, has been postponed indefinitely.  A copy of the PowerPoint Presentation and a copy of the College & Career Workbook will be posted on the Pupil Support Office Website. Students and families should monitor the College Board’s SAT website and the ACT website for information about upcoming tests.

    Any students or families who may have questions regarding any aspect of the college process should contact the appropriate counselor (as previously noted). 

    2020-2021 Course Selection

    The MHS Pupil Support Staff has been in the process of meeting individually with students to discuss course selection for the 2020-2021 school year. Approximately half of the students have been seen to-date. For students who have not yet been seen, we are providing an opportunity for them to request courses selection for next year. 

    A copy of the 2020-2021 Course Selection Sheet and the 2020-2021 Course Catalog (which provides course descriptions for all courses) can be accessed on the Pupil Support Office website. All students must select an ELA, Social Studies, and Physical Education course. Most students will also need a Math and Science and most likely a World Language course (French/Spanish). The rest of the schedule will consist of elective courses.  Students can e-mail their counselor, or message them through Schoology, with their course requests and any specific questions that they may have. Course selections will be reviewed by the counselor and are subject to change based on recommendations, graduation requirements, and other factors. Students who send course requests can expect to receive confirmation of course requests and/or feedback.

    For MMS, a selection sheet was recently sent home for World Language (French/Spanish) course selection.  A reply deadline of March 27th was indicated on the letter. In place of this, please e-mail aglover@midlakes.org at your earliest convenience.  Please be aware that selections for World Language are first-come, first-served. 

Family Pick-up Schedule

  • MARCH 16 — Thank you for your patience as we adapt to the changing circumstances. Once again, there is no half-day for students on Tuesday, March 17. School will remain closed through Monday, April 13. Here is the schedule for the pick-up of instructional materials.

    Monday, March 16, 2020

    Grades K-6 (Midlakes Elementary School): 3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., materials pick-up

    Eaglet Gymnasium:                            Kindergarten and Grade 1 
    MES Cafeteria:                                   Grades 2 and 3; Ross, Busby, Flinn
    Eagle Gymnasium:                             Grades 4, 5, and 6

    Grades 7-12 (Midlakes Middle/High School):

    Grades 7-9: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.                Materials pick-up/locker access HS Gym
    Grades 10-12: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.            Materials pick-up/locker access HS Gym

    *Please bring your child’s locker number and combination if you plan to access it.      

    Tuesday, March 17, 2020

    Grades K-6 (Midlakes Elementary School): 7 a.m. – 10 a.m. and noon - 3:30 p.m., materials pick-up                     

    Eaglet Gymnasium:                              Kindergarten and Grade 1
    MES Cafeteria:                                     Grades 2 and 3; Ross, Busby, Flinn
    Eagle Gymnasium:                               Grades 4, 5, and 6

    Grades 7-12 (Midlakes Middle/High School):

    Grades 7-9:  8 a.m. – 10 a.m.           Materials pick-up/locker access HS Gym
                         Noon – 2 p.m.               Materials pick-up/locker access HS Gym

    Grades 10-12: 10 a.m. – noon           Materials pick-up/locker access HS Gym
                            2 p.m. – 4 p.m.           Materials pick-up/locker access HS Gym

    *Please bring your child’s locker number and combination if you plan to access it.

No School For Students On Tuesday, March 17

  • Dear Midlakes Families,
     
    MARCH 16 — Plans related to COVID-19 continue to change and for this, I am incredibly sorry. I understand and regret the difficulties this may cause for families. Based on recent developments and orders communicated by the Governor, we need to change the timeline for the closure of school.
     
    The half-day scheduled for students on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, is canceled. School will be closed for students through April 13, 2020.
     
    We are currently working out a schedule for parents to pick up instructional materials this afternoon and tomorrow. We will communicate that schedule to families by 3 p.m. today. We will also develop options for parents who are not able to work within the initial schedule.
     
    This is an evolving situation and we will share more information as it becomes available. Thank you all for your continued patience, understanding, and support during these challenging times. 
     
    Sincerely,
    Matt Sickles, Superintendent

Board of Education Meeting Will Be Streamed Live

  • MARCH 16 — In light of increasing guidance from the state on large group gatherings, tonight’s Board of Education meeting will be live-streamed. The meeting will be held to conduct essential business only. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. tonight and will be closed to the public. The meeting will be streamed to the District’s Facebook page. 

Update Regarding Campus Operations

  • Dear Midlakes Families,

    MARCH 15 — Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to work through the details related to the closure of school. The decision to close school as an effort to prevent a local outbreak of COVID-19 was not taken lightly, and we understand the difficulties it has created for families.  The school district will be working closely with community groups to provide support during the coming weeks.

    As a reminder, school will be closed to students on Monday, March 16, to provide staff the opportunity to prepare materials.

    Students will attend a half-day in the morning on Tuesday, March 17, to receive materials and retrieve personal belongings. 

    School will be closed on Wednesday, March 18 and will remain closed through Monday, April 13.  All student activities, including athletics, are suspended effective immediately. The use of our buildings and campus by outside groups is also suspended, with the sole exception of the YMCA morning program which will operate on Tuesday morning, March 17, only. 

    We understand that there are many questions related to academic expectations, access to teachers, grades, and many other details during the closure of school. We will be working through those questions with our staff and we will communicate answers and details on a regular basis. We appreciate your patience as we navigate this unprecedented challenge. 

    Please be advised that plans are being made to offer daily "grab and go" breakfast and lunch items to students beginning no later than Monday, March 23. While we are preparing for pick-up hours on campus, we are also investigating other delivery and pick-up options in the community. We will provide more information as it becomes available.

    You can expect frequent updates and communications in the coming days. Once again, thank you for your patience as more decisions are made on a daily basis. 

    Sincerely,
    Matt Sickles, Superintendent

Midlakes Schools Closure

  • Dear Midlakes Families,

    MARCH 14 — Thank you for your flexibility and patience as our response to COVID-19 has been rapidly evolving each day. As an education community, we continue to make the safety of our students and staff the main focus in our decision-making process. We have been working diligently with our community partners to plan and respond to this emerging issue. We have been in constant contact with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and Ontario County Public Health, while receiving updated guidance from the New York State Department of Education (NYSED) regularly.

    Although there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario County, we have been advised that temporarily closing schools would be the best course of action to help prevent an outbreak in our communities.

    Midlakes students will not attend school on Monday, March 16.  This will provide teachers and staff the opportunity to prepare materials for students to have during the school closure period. 

    School will be in session for students for a morning half-day on Tuesday, March 17. This will provide an opportunity for students to receive materials and retrieve other personal belongings.  Students in grades 7-12 will be dismissed at 10:45 a.m.; there will be no AM BOCES.  Students in grades K-6 will be dismissed at 11:45 a.m.

    School will be closed on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and will remain closed through Monday, April 13, 2020.

    We will continue to communicate additional details in the coming days. We appreciate your cooperation during this challenging time.

    Sincerely,
    Matt Sickles, Superintendent

Musical Performances Postponed

  • MARCH 13 — Out of an abundance of caution, and under direction from Governor Andrew Cuomo, the District regrets to inform you that this weekend’s performances of Elf: The Musical have been postponed due to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).

    To date, there have been no confirmed cases in Ontario County or in our district. The District continues to carefully monitor the situation along with our partners from Ontario County Public Health.

    Every attempt will be made to reschedule performances of the musical. Anyone holding a pre-purchased ticket should hold on to it, pending further information.

    We understand there are many questions related to field trips, large events, and the possibility of a brief or prolonged school closure. We are currently in the process of evaluating other events and field trips and we will communicate as decisions are made.  Any decisions regarding the closure of school will be made in consultation with the New York State Department of Health and Ontario County Public Health.

    Thank you for your patience as we work together to promote the health and safety of our students, staff, and community. We will provide more updates as necessary.

Talking To Children

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District Remains Vigilant On COVID-19

  • Dear Midlakes Families,

    MARCH 11 — The District continues to closely monitor the developments related to COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus). As you know, this is a frequently changing situation and information is moving quickly. We are following guidance provided by the New York State Department of Health, the New York State Education Department, and the Center for Disease Control. We are also staying in close communication with Ontario County Public Health.

    It is very important to note that there are no known or confirmed cases of COVID-19 related to anyone associated with the Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District or the Midlakes campus. 

    The District leadership team is meeting regularly to plan and prepare for a wide range of scenarios related to COVID-19.  We understand there are many questions related to field trips, large events, and the possibility of a brief or prolonged school closure.  At this point, no field trips or events have been canceled by the District, though some have been canceled by the host organizations. Any future trips and events will be evaluated on a case by case basis, using information available at the time.

    Decisions related to the closure of school will be made in conjunction with the Department of Health. In the meantime, we will continue to work with our staff to develop plans for educating our students, making the best possible use of our technological resources. We will communicate those plans as they become available.

    Midlakes remains open and we are thankful for the diligent work of our facilities and transportation departments and the leadership of our entire staff in maintaining a calm, positive, and healthy learning environment. 

    We continue to follow and promote the guidance from the Department of Health, which recommends the same steps for staying healthy during the annual cold and flu season as this new respiratory virus:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick. Do not return to school until you are fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication. (We encourage all families to have a working thermometer in the home.)
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to promote the health and safety of our students, staff, and community. We will provide more updates as necessary.

    Sincerely,
    Matt Sickles, Superintendent

CDC: The Facts On The Coronavirus

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Novel coronavirus - A message from New York State's Health Commissioner

District Monitoring Coronavirus Situation 

  • Dear Midlakes Families,

    MARCH 4 — A new virus called the 2019 Novel Coronavirus has caused an outbreak in China and cases have now been confirmed in other countries, including the United States. The Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District, in conjunction with state and federal agencies, continues to monitor this developing situation.

    The Center for Disease Control (CDC) continues to provide guidance on the virus as new information becomes available. Symptoms of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus include fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing. There are currently no vaccines available to protect against the virus.

    The NYS Department of Health recommends the same steps for staying healthy during the annual cold and influenza season as this new respiratory virus:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick. Do not return to school until you are fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication. (We encourage all families to have a working thermometer in the home.)
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

    Information about this new virus is unfolding rapidly. The CDC and NYS Department of Health will update its guidance as new details become available. For more information, please visit: 

    Meanwhile, the District will continue to closely follow the situation for the latest information. Our facilities staff has been implementing additional disinfecting measures throughout the flu season and will continue to do so.

    As always, the health and safety of our students and staff remains our top priority. Families with questions on the virus may call the NYS Department of Health at (888) 364-3065. If you have additional questions please contact your child’s school nurse, principal, or the District Office at (315) 548-6420.

    Sincerely,
    Matt Sickles, Superintendent