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Letter: Open House changes & events update Letter: Open House changes & events update: Sept. 22, 2021   Good afternoon OCSD families and staff,   I hope this letter finds you and your family well as we are a few weeks into the new school year. I have been very impressed with the staff, teachers and students alike in hitting the ground running and setting the bar high for a strong year.   I am writing to share with you updates related to COVID-19, Open House and expectations for elementary and middle school students at district events.   First, we have made the decision for all planned Open Houses to be made virtual due to a locally rising rate of COVID-19, the number of students and staff in quarantine and after consulting the health department, our district’s health director and other area districts regarding their plans for open ...
Special BOE Meeting to be held 9/23 Special BOE Meeting to be held 9/23: The Oswego City School District Board of Education will conduct a special meeting on Sept. 23, 2021 at 5 p.m. for the purpose of executive session only to discuss current litigation. This meeting will be virtual and live streamed via YouTube.com/WBUCNY. After the meeting is called to order, the Board of Education members will move to executive session. The agenda will be available on Board Docs after 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22.
All 3 brands being offered at 9/22 COVID clinic All 3 brands being offered at 9/22 COVID clinic: The Oswego County Health Department is holding its next COVID-19 vaccination clinic for those aged 12-plus on Wednesday, Sept. 22. The clinic will be held from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the health department, located at 70 Bunner Street in the city of Oswego.   This week’s COVID Clinic Vaccines include: FDA approved Pfizer, the Moderna Vaccine and the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson Vaccine.   Appointments are preferred, however walk-ins are welcome.   To register, please select the vaccine and the dose that you need from the following list: Pfizer: 1st Dose: https://apps2.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?DateID=CC20800C675801C4E0530A6C7C16A34A 2nd Dose: https://apps2.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?DateID=CBE0FDAC343403D0E0530A6C7C1629FD ...
BOE to hold regular meeting 9/21 BOE to hold regular meeting 9/21: The Oswego City School District Board of Education will be conducting the Sept. 21, 2021 board meeting at 5 p.m. in the high school library. Please use the high school main entrance located at 2 Buccaneer Blvd.  The public is invited to attend. Masks and social distancing are required. The meeting will also be livestreamed via YouTube.com/WBUCNY . The agenda for this meeting will be available after 4 p.m. on Sept. 17, 2021 on Board Docs .
Video: Check out the first day at OCSD Video: Check out the first day at OCSD: The Oswego City School District started its school year Wednesday, Sept. 8 across all buildings. OCSD Superintendent Dr. Mathis Calvin III applauded teachers and staff for all their hard work to make the first day such a success. "We are so thrilled to welcome students back into the hallways," Dr. Calvin said. "There is nothing like the energy that the first day brings, and I want to applaud every single staff members' hard work and perseverance in helping us reach this point. We are ready for a great year, welcome back Bucs!" View a video featuring a look inside all of the schools on the first day of classes:  fb.watch/81RIYllEF8/
Vaccine clinics every Wednesday in Sept. Vaccine clinics every Wednesday in Sept.: The Oswego County Health Department will hold a vaccination clinic every Wednesday throughout September.   The health department will offer COVID-19 vaccinations at the Oswego County Health Department, 70 Bunner Street in Oswego by appointment or walk-in.   The Oswego County Health Department, under New York State Department of Health guidelines, is vaccinating anyone 12 years and older. Proof of age is required and must be provided at the vaccination site.   Check the OCHD website or call to see which brand of vaccine is available each week.   To schedule an appointment online, visit health.oswegocounty.com or call 315-349-3330.
Dr. Calvin on OCSD incidents 9/9-9/10 Dr. Calvin on OCSD incidents 9/9-9/10: September 12, 2021   Dear Oswego City School District families and community,   I am writing to you today regarding a pair of incidents that took place late last week and have resulted in false rumors circulating in the community. To remain transparent and ensure accurate information is available, below is a brief timeline of events.   On Thursday, there was a verbal altercation and fight between two students at Oswego High School that resulted in disciplinary action. The Oswego Police Department was brought in and made aware of the situation, and appropriate charges were filed.   On Friday night following the Oswego High School varsity football game, approximately 20 individuals, including students and individuals from the community, engaged in a fight ...
OMS hosts six-week Wellness Academy OMS hosts six-week Wellness Academy: The Oswego Middle School Summer Wellness Academy recently finished its six-week program. During the six weeks, incoming seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders had the opportunity to participate in core subjects including math, ELA, social studies, as well as encore classes: Mindful Movement, Study Skills/Healthy Relationships, and Social Emotional Learning (SEL).    "Our OMS Summer Wellness Academy was thoughtfully developed to provide our students with meaningful opportunities to fill the loss of learning gap due to the pandemic and to build community and make connections with peers and staff," said Mary Beth Fierro, Principal of the Oswego Middle School. "Our first ever SEL class was a huge success, as students learned strategies ...
COVID-19 vaccine clinic 9/8 at OCHD COVID-19 vaccine clinic 9/8 at OCHD: The Oswego County Health Department will hold a vaccination clinic on Wednesday, Sept. 8 from 1 to 5:30 p.m.   The health department will offer COVID-19 vaccinations at 70 Bunner Street in Oswego by appointment or walk-in.   The Oswego County Health Department, under New York State Department of Health guidelines, is vaccinating anyone 12 years and older. Proof of age is required and must be provided at the vaccination site.   The Pfizer vaccine will be administered, and a second appointment will be scheduled for Sept. 29.   To schedule an appointment online, visit health.oswegocounty.com or call 315-349-3330.  
Oswego: We are in this together and here to assist Oswego: We are in this together and here to assist: Local officials are coordinating plans and working together to help ensure a healthy and safe 2021-22 school year for all students amid the COVID-19 pandemic.   A recent campaign launched by the Oswego City School District (OCSD) brought local dignitaries, health officials and education leaders together to stress the importance of synergy for their organizations and highlights the different services available and resources in place.   The campaign, which has released a video and poster to share information with the community, includes OCSD Superintendent Dr. Mathis Calvin III, Oswego Mayor William Barlow, Oswego County Administrator Phil Church and the CEO of Oswego Health Michael Harlovic.   “It’s clear that this school year will bring challenges and ...
Letter: State announces staff testing protocols Letter: State announces staff testing protocols: September 3, 2021 Dear Oswego CSD Community, On yesterday, Sept. 2, 2021, New York State released new guidance for the  reopening of schools this fall. Due to increased challenges and urgency for controlling the spread of COVID-19 and because much of the student population are not yet eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination, part of the new requirements are as follows: Weekly screening for staff: Fully vaccinated individuals may opt-out of the mandatory weekly screening testing upon providing vaccination documentation. The Oswego City School District will follow appropriate safety protocols and implement screening testing at a date determined by the Oswego County Health Department as they work to coordinate implementation and build testing capacity. Diagnostic ...
Video: Admins talk about reopening Video: Admins talk about reopening: View the video:  youtube.com/watch?v=v00ccaHrJew
9/2 Superintendent's Update: Schools set to open 9/2 Superintendent's Update: Schools set to open: RETURN TO SCHOOL WEEKLY UPDATE   September 2, 2021 Dear Oswego City School District Community, On Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, the district will be reopening and welcoming all our students and their families back to school. As we prepare for this exciting reopening, I am writing to share several pieces of information and reminders. They are as follows: Masking – Just a reminder, students and staff will be required, per NYS regulation, to wear masks while indoors and on all school buses. Throughout the day, students will be given mask breaks and will not be required to wear masks when they are outdoors.   Informational Video – Earlier today, the district posted to its website an informational reopening video. The video features district ...
COVID vaccine opportunity 8/31 at CCC in Fulton COVID vaccine opportunity 8/31 at CCC in Fulton: The Oswego County Health Department brings Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine to Cayuga Community College at 11 River Glen Drive in Fulton on Tuesday, Aug. 31 from 1-3 p.m.   Please select the correct link below to choose the appropriate COVID-19 vaccine.   What dose do you need? 1. 1st dose Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine at Cayuga Community College in Fulton: Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine is available for anyone 12 years old+. This is the first dose in the two-dose series. Your second dose appointment will be made for you on Tuesday September 21st. Appointments are preferred, and walk-ins are welcome.  Please click here 2. 2nd Dose Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine at Cayuga Community College in Fulton: Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine is available for anyone 12 years old+. This is the 2nd dose ...
Letter: Reopening Plans, Q&A doc live on OCSD website Letter: Reopening Plans, Q&A doc live on OCSD website: August 26, 2021 Dear Oswego City School District Community, I am writing to share several weekly updates concerning our district reopening plan. They are as follows: District Reopening Plan Posted to Website – On Tuesday night, the Board of Education reviewed our 2021-22 district Reopening Plan. This comprehensive plan includes information on: teaching and learning, school schedules, emergency shutdown and communication protocols, daily health screenings, contact tracing, COVID-19 testing, cleaning and sanitation and many other protocols and additional information that parents and/or guardians should know about. A copy of this new plan has been posted to the district website and is available via this link ;   Q&A Document – The district ...
BOE to meet 8/24 BOE to meet 8/24: The Oswego City School District Board of Education will be conducting a board meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021 at 5 p.m. This meeting will be held in the high school cafeteria and the meeting will be live-streamed via YouTube.com/WBUCNY . The public is welcome to attend. Please use the high school main entrance. Masks are required.  The agenda for this meeting will be available at 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 20 on BoardDocs .
Weekly superintendent's letter: 08.19.21 Weekly superintendent's letter: 08.19.21: August 19, 2021 Dear Oswego City School District Parents and Guardians, I am writing to share an update with all of you on our planning efforts as we approach the beginning of the school year. Please see below for information of note for this week: Website Posting of Information In an effort to ensure that parents and guardians have the most updated information as we are approach the beginning of the new school year, reopening information will be posted to the district’s website. Parents and guardians are invited to visit our home webpage to find all current communication to the public (i.e. letters, PowerPoints, health information, etc.).  School Schedules The district plans to return to its regular schedule for this upcoming year. This means ...
Superintendent's Update: Return to school '21-22 Superintendent's Update: Return to school '21-22: Aug. 12, 2021   Dear Oswego City School District Parents, Guardians and Staff,   I hope that you are all having a wonderful summer! I am writing to share updated information on our plans for returning to school in September.   As many of you are aware, school districts across New York State were patiently awaiting guidance for the 2021-22 school reopening from the Governor’s office and/or the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), since the end of the last school year. While doing so, like many school districts across the State, our district has been busy developing preliminary plans that include various options that could be considered for implementation. These plans are based upon possible reopening scenarios that the state and/or the NYSDOH might ...
OCSD BOE to meet 8/16 OCSD BOE to meet 8/16: The Oswego City School District Board of Education will conduct a board meeting on Aug. 16, 2021 at 5 p.m. in the high school library.  This meeting will be held to present the Oswego City School District Reopening Plan. Please use the high school main entrance at 2 Buccaneer Blvd.  This meeting will be livestreamed at YouTube.com/WBUCNY and open to the public.  The Board of Education members consist of Mrs. Heather DelConte - President, Mr. Tom Ciappa - Vice President, Mrs. Pamela Dowd, Dr. Lisa Glidden, Dr. Jim MacKenzie, Mr. Sean Ohnmacht, Mrs. Lynda Sereno and Student Representative Zachary DeMott. 
Vaccine clinics in Oswego every Wednesday in Aug. Vaccine clinics in Oswego every Wednesday in Aug.: The Oswego County Health Department will hold vaccination clinics every Wednesday throughout the month of August.   Every Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., the health department will offer COVID-19 vaccinations at 70 Bunner Street in Oswego.   The Oswego County Health Department, under New York State Department of Health guidelines, is vaccinating anyone 12 years and older. Proof of age is required and must be provided at the vaccination site. Individuals that are 12 to 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine ONLY and must go to a clinic where Pfizer is offered.   Check the county health department’s website or call to see what brand of vaccine is available each week. Walk-ins are welcome and no insurance is needed for the free vaccine.   ...



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