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COVID 19 Update March 16, 2020

COVID 19 Update Monday March 16, 2020


Good Morning- 


This is Jeremy Belfield, Superintendent of Schools for LaFayette Central School District.


Today is Monday March 16, 2020. This morning at 10:00 AM, Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon announced that all schools in Onondaga County will be closed effective 4:00 PM today through at least April 13, 2020.


Our schools will be dismissing today during our scheduled early dismissal on Mondays (ie 1:45 Grimshaw/ONS and 2:00 Jr/Sr High School and Big Picture).


During the time that school is closed, students should not report to school. There will be no extra curricular or athletic programs during the school closure. 


Continued Learning Opportunities

Students in grades 2-12 will be bringing their district issued Chromebook and charger home to utilize during this extended closure. Students in Kindergarten and 1st grade who do not have a device to use, please contact your school building main office to obtain one.  


Students will be responsible for bringing this device back to school in the same condition that it was sent home on March 16th. If your child does not have internet connectivity, you can contact your child’s teachers or the main office to request a paper copy of instructional materials.  

Students will be responsible for logging in to their Google Classroom to participate in virtual learning starting March 17th. Your child’s teacher(s) will communicate with you directly regarding any specific plans for continued learning opportunities. 


Meal Service

The school district will plan on having meals available to students during the period when schools are closed. You can contact our food service department via the following methods:


Meals will be available for all students. If you do not qualify for free or reduced lunch, your child’s lunch account will be charged if you order meals. 


You can pick up meals at these locations (no need to call ahead for pickup):

  • Onondaga Nation School Main Entrance Door #1

  • LaFayette High School - NorthSide Cafeteria Entrance Door #2


Breakfast will be ready for pick up 7:30am - 8:30am

Lunch will be ready for pick up 11:00am - 12:00pm 

Please be advised that meal service is available but our cafeterias are closed to adhere to social distancing requirements. 


If you require meal delivery, families should call Food Service prior to 8:30 am:  Rob Kennedy 315-956-0371 or email Please do not call the transportation department for meal delivery. For requested meal deliveries:

  • Please be aware that someone must be present at the home (meals cannot be left). 

  • Please plan on coming outside to meet the driver at your child’s bus pick up location between 11-12. 


LaFayette After School Program at Grimshaw

The LaFayette After School Program operated at Grimshaw Elementary will also be impacted by this school closure. LASP will cease operating today during the time that schools are closed. Please be sure to make appropriate daycare arrangements for your children during this school closure. 


The district will be sending out communications via School Messenger, which sends messages via phone, email, or text message based on your designated contact preference. You can also view a copy of this message on the school district website under “News Stories”. 


Thank you for your patience and understanding while we all adjust to this latest announcement. Please remember to be safe, wash your hands, and adhere to any orders issued by federal, state, or local officials.


Have a safe day.



Jeremy Belfield

Superintendent of Schools

LaFayette Central School District

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