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No After School or Evening Activities 1/26/21 No After School or Evening Activities 1/26/21: January 26, 2021 Good Afternoon: Due to changing weather conditions, there will be no after school or evening activities today - Tuesday January 26, 2021. Have a safe afternoon! Sincerely, Jeremy Belfield Superintendent of Schools LaFayette Central School District jbelfield@lafayetteschools.org 315-529-9550 (cell)
Update on Positive Cases January 25 2021 Update on Positive Cases January 25 2021: January 25, 2021   Good Afternoon -    The district was recently informed of the following positive cases that occurred since our last communication to the school community on January 21st:  
  • One student at the Big Picture School tested positive for COVID-19. Based on this student’s last date of attendance for in person learning and the date of the positive test result, there were no close school contacts identified.
  • One student at the Grimshaw Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19. Based on this student’s last date of attendance for in person learning and the date of the positive test result, there were no close school contacts identified. ...
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    Update on Positive Cases - January 21, 2021 Update on Positive Cases - January 21, 2021: January 21, 2021   Good Evening-    The district was recently informed of the following positive cases that occurred since our last communication to the school community on January 15th:  
  • Two students at the Jr/Sr High recently tested positive for COVID-19. Based on the dates that the individuals tested positive and since the school switched last week to remote learning, there were no close school contacts identified as a result of these two cases.
  • One student at the Big Picture School tested positive. Based on this student’s last date of attendance for in person learning and the date of the positive test result, there were no close school contacts identified. ...
  • Update on Positive Cases January 15 2021 Update on Positive Cases January 15 2021: January 15, 2021   Good Afternoon -    The district was recently informed of the following positive cases that occurred over the past several days:  
  • One student at Grimshaw Elementary recently tested positive for COVID 19.
  • One digital learner at the Onondaga Nation School tested positive for COVID-19.   We wish these individuals a quick recovery. Any students or staff members who were recently in close contact have been notified and the district has been in communication with the Onondaga County Health Department to complete the required contact tracing.   
  • Grimshaw Elementary and LaFayette ...
  • HS Remote Instruction, Test/Case Updates- 1/13/21 HS Remote Instruction, Test/Case Updates- 1/13/21: HS Switching to Remote Instruction, COVID Testing Clinic Results, Update on Positive Cases - January 13, 2021   Good Afternoon -   
  • LaFayette Jr/Sr High School will switch to remote instruction effective tomorrow, Thursday January 14th through Friday January 22nd due to a number of staff and students who have been placed in mandatory quarantine. We look forward to seeing our LaFayette Jr/Sr High School students and staff back in the building on Monday January 25, 2021.
  • High School students and staff should login at the start of the school day and follow the school schedule while learning from home. 
  • At this point, Grimshaw ...
  • Onondaga Nation School- Digital Instruction Will Continue for the Remainder of the School Year Onondaga Nation School- Digital Instruction Will Continue for the Remainder of the School Year: January 14, 2021   Dear LaFayette Central School District Community:   District representatives recently corresponded with the Onondaga Nation Council of Chiefs, Clanmothers, and Faithkeepers. The Council has decided that the Onondaga Nation School will continue to remain closed for in person instruction and that all students and staff will participate in digital instruction for the duration of the school year.   The Onondaga Nation School calendar will also be adjusted so that Monday January 18th will be a day off from school to observe the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. The Nation School will also have a February break and school will not be in session February 15-19. Council has also shared that ceremonial days will not be held during ...
    Community Budget Meetings for 2021-2022 Community Budget Meetings for 2021-2022: Dear LaFayette School District Community: During the month of January, we will begin our budget development for the 2021-2022 school year. Our community budget meetings will be held via video conference on the following dates:
  • Wednesday January 20, 2021 at 5:30 PM via Google Meets
  • Wednesday February 3, 2021 at 5:30 PM via Google Meets As we approach the 2021-2022 school year planning process, we want to create a responsible financial plan that meets the needs of our school community, provides great programming for students, and complies with the New York State Property Tax Cap. We recognize that one of the keys to keeping LaFayette a place where families want their children to be educated ...
  • Asymptomatic COVID Testing Wed 1/13/21 HS/BP, GS Asymptomatic COVID Testing Wed 1/13/21 HS/BP, GS: January 7, 2021 Dear LaFayette CSD Families, LaFayette CSD and OCM BOCES Staff Members: Our partners at Onondaga County have graciously agreed to host an on-site testing clinic for asymptomatic  students and staff at the following locations on Wednesday January 13, 2021:
  • Wednesday 1/13/2021 - LaFayette Jr/Sr High and Big Picture School - 8:30-10:30AM
  • Wednesday 1/13/2021- Grimshaw Elementary - 11:30AM-1:30PM Students and staff would need to pre-register for an appointment for testing. For students, who are being tested, NYS also requires parents/guardians to complete a consent form (two steps below; staff members only need to register). 
  • Update on Positive Cases - January 6, 2021 Update on Positive Cases - January 6, 2021: January 6, 2021   Good Afternoon -    The district was recently informed of the following positive cases that occurred over the holiday break:  
  • A staff member at LaFayette High School tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member has not been in close contact with other school employees recently. 
  • A digital learner at LaFayette Big Picture School tested positive. 
  • A student at LaFayette High School tested positive for COVID-19. The student was last in attendance before the holiday break.
  • Two digital learners at the Onondaga Nation School tested positive for COVID-19. ...
  • COVID Testing Clinic Results - January 4, 2021 COVID Testing Clinic Results - January 4, 2021: January 4, 2021   Good Afternoon -   Thank you to all of our students and staff that participated in COVID testing today. 82 individuals were tested at the High School and 104 individuals were tested at Grimshaw Elementary.   There were no positive cases from this testing clinic.  Great job Lancers!   Thank you to our partners at Onondaga County for all of their efforts with today’s testing clinic. We are working with the county to schedule another round of testing in the month of January. Once we confirm the date, I will be sure to pass this information along.   Please continue to follow all of the safety precautions - wear those face coverings, practice social distancing, observe proper hand hygiene and respiratory ...
    Positive Cases - January 3, 2021 Positive Cases - January 3, 2021: January 3, 2021   Good Evening:   The district was notified later this afternoon that a student at the LaFayette Jr/Sr High School and one digital learner at the Onondaga Nation School tested positive for COVID-19. The students have not recently been in close contact with students or staff in the school setting.    The district has notified the Onondaga County Health Department of these positive cases.   Grimshaw Elementary, LaFayette Jr/Sr High School, and LaFayette Big Picture School will return to offering in person instruction on Monday January 4, 2021. The Onondaga Nation School will continue to educate students via digital instruction through at least January 29th.    Thank you to everyone who signed up for ...
    Positive Case Updates 1/2, Testing Reminder 1/4 Positive Case Updates 1/2, Testing Reminder 1/4: January 2, 2021   Good Afternoon:   The district was recently notified that a staff member at Grimshaw Elementary, a digital learner at the LaFayette Jr/Sr High School and two digital learners at Grimshaw Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19. The students have not recently been in close contact with in person learners in the school setting. Any individuals who were close contact with the staff member have been contacted.   The district has been in touch with the Onondaga County Health Department to assist with contact tracing.   At this point, Grimshaw Elementary, LaFayette Jr/Sr High School, and LaFayette Big Picture School will return to offering in person instruction on Monday January 4, 2021. The Onondaga Nation School ...
    Asymptomatic COVID Testing 1/4/21 - HS, BP, GS Asymptomatic COVID Testing 1/4/21 - HS, BP, GS: December 29, 2020 Dear LaFayette CSD Families, LaFayette CSD and OCM BOCES Staff Members: Our partners at Onondaga County have graciously agreed to host an on-site testing clinic for asymptomatic  students and staff at the following locations on Monday January 4, 2021: Monday 1/4/2021 - LaFayette Jr/Sr High and Big Picture School - 8:30-10:30AM Monday 1/4/2021- Grimshaw Elementary - 11:30AM-1:30PM Students and staff would need to pre-register for an appointment for testing. For students, who are being tested, NYS also requires parents/guardians to complete a consent form (two steps below; staff members only need to register).  Parents/caregivers of students participating in testing and staff members will ...
    All LCSD Schools Remote Instruction 12/21-12/22 All LCSD Schools Remote Instruction 12/21-12/22: December 18, 2020   Good Afternoon:   Due to the lack of available substitute staff for Monday December 21st and Tuesday December 22nd, all schools will move to digital/remote instruction next week. As such, there will be no in person learning and, if necessary, families will need to make appropriate child care arrangements for students. The LaFayette After School Program (LASP) will not be in session next week. While we realize that this places a difficult burden on students, families and staff members, please know that we are taking this step due to the staffing constraints that we are currently experiencing. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility during this difficult time.    Students at Grimshaw Elementary, LaFayette Jr/Sr ...
    NYSPHSAA Announces Fall 2020 Scholar-Athlete Teams NYSPHSAA Announces Fall 2020 Scholar-Athlete Teams:   On Dec. 16, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) announced its Scholar-Athlete Teams for fall 2020. The LaFayette Central School District is proud to announce that five of its teams qualified for this distinction! They are the: 
  • Boys’ Cross Country Team
  • Girls’ Cross Country Team
  • Boys’ Soccer Team
  • Girls’ Soccer Team
  • Boys’ Golf Team In order to earn this distinction, a certain percentage of individuals on the team (calculated by roster size) must have carried an academic average of 90% or ...
  • Schools Closed Thursday 12/17/2020 Schools Closed Thursday 12/17/2020: Thursday December 17, 2020   Good Morning:   All schools will be closed today, Thursday December 17th, due to inclement weather. There will be no remote learning. All school activities are cancelled for today.   Please sleep in, build a snowman, go sledding and take time to rest and relax.   Have a safe day!   Sincerely, Jeremy Belfield Superintendent of Schools LaFayette Central School District jbelfield@lafayetteschools.org 315-529-9550 
    Emergency Closing Reminder for Families 12/16/2020 Emergency Closing Reminder for Families 12/16/2020: December 16, 2020   Dear Families:    Winter weather is on the way to Central New York and now is a good time to review our plans for emergency school closure days. Please be sure to check our website and local news channels tomorrow morning in the event that we have a delay or an emergency closure.   The district’s 2020-21 academic calendar allows for six emergency closure days, which are used when the district must close due to conditions beyond its control, such as inclement weather or an unplanned loss of utilities.   LaFayette’s emergency closure days will be non-instructional days for both our in person learners and digital learners. Staff members and students are not expected to report to ...
    Onondaga Nation School Teacher Named to Prestigious Panel Onondaga Nation School Teacher Named to Prestigious Panel: Congratulations are in order for Onondaga Nation School’s JoAnne Powless, who was recently named to the prestigious “Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children” judges panel! She becomes one of seven judges who will be responsible for deciding each year’s winner in the fiction category, which means she’ll have plenty of reading to do!  Joanne was selected for this three-year membership to the committee by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). The award was established in 2014 to promote and recognize excellence in the writing of fiction for children. In particular, the award recognizes fiction that has the potential for transforming children’s lives by inviting compassion, imagination, and wonder. For more ...
    Water Testing Results - LaFayette Jr/Sr High and Grimshaw 12/14 Water Testing Results - LaFayette Jr/Sr High and Grimshaw 12/14: December 14, 2020   Dear Families:   As required by the NYS Health Department, and in conjunction with the Onondaga County Health Department and OCM BOCES Health & Safety Office, the district is required to conduct lead water sampling from outlets within the schools every five years. In this study, water samples found to have the presence of lead with 15 parts per billion are identified.   The district conducted the sampling on November 7, 2020 from Grimshaw Elementary School and LaFayette Jr./Sr. High School. The samples were then delivered to Microbac Laboratories for analysis. In accordance with state requirements, sampling at the Onondaga Nation School will be done when that building reopens for in person instruction. ...



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    Jeremy Belfield
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