Letter: Families should have backup plan in case illnesses prompt switch to fully remote:
Oct. 16, 2020
Dear Oswego City School District Community,
As we are now in the fall season and approaching winter, the district has continued to work on ensuring the health and safety of our students and staff since our reopening. While doing so, we have been working diligently to implement our reopening plan with integrity and to follow through with the evolving guidance and/or regulations received from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH).
Late last week, I shared the latest NYSDOH toolkit with all of you. This toolkit is one of multiple guidance documents that we’ve received that illustrates the many changes to medical information and/or guidance that we are learning about.
As a result of the current ...
Shorter OCSD marching band season planned for spring 2021:
Noting a large volume of support for and inquiries about the Oswego City School District marching band season, Superintendent Dr. Mathis Calvin III said Tuesday, Oct. 6 a shorter season would take place in the spring.
After discussions with staff and reviewing survey results from program members, the decision was made to move forward with plans to offer a spring season that could include socially distanced practices and a performance on the turf.
“They really want to do a performance out on the new turf,” said Dr. Calvin, adding the hope is things by spring will have calmed down with COVID-19 enough to grant the program, and importantly the outgoing seniors, their wish.
During his Superintendent’s Report at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, Dr. Calvin ...
OCSD protocols to help streamline, clarify questions and concerns process:
District administrators at Tuesday, Oct. 6’s OCSD Board of Education meeting unveiled new protocols and a flowchart designed to help guide those with questions and concerns to the best resource, and ensure they’re resolved as quick as possible.
Oswego City School District Superintendent Dr. Mathis Calvin III presented the new Protocol For Resolving Concerns to Board of Education members and said the district would be contacting parents soon with the chart, which describes 20-plus question subjects and who to reach out to first, second and down the line if a problem hasn’t yet been resolved.
Areas listed include attendance, athletics, behavior and classroom procedures, budget, employment food service, health, registration, safety, technology, transportation and more. ...
Superintendent's Letter: Additional COVID update 10.06.20:
October 6, 2020
Dear Oswego CSD Parents, Guardians, and Community,
The District was notified late Monday night by the Oswego County Health Department that we have another student, who attends an out-of-district educational program, who has tested positive for COVID-19. Upon notification, District officials, in conjunction with the health department, immediately began to investigate and discuss the implications of this matter, which included, but was not limited to, protocols for contact tracing.
The student last attended the out-of-district program on Sept. 28, 2020, and tested positive on Oct. 5, 2020. To secure the health and safety of our students and staff, the Oswego County Health Department will continue to fully investigate this concern. Close ...
Superintendent's Letter: COVID Update 10.05.20:
October 5, 2020
Dear Oswego CSD Parents, Guardians, and Community,
The district was notified late this afternoon by the Onondaga and Oswego County Health Departments that we have a student who attends Fitzhugh Park Elementary School who has tested positive for COVID-19. Upon notification, District officials, in conjunction with both health departments, immediately began to investigate and discuss the implications of this matter, which included, but was not limited to, protocols for contact tracing.
The student impacted by this concern was last in attendance on Sept. 25, 2020. It is important to note the student tested positive on Oct. 3, 2020.
Given the time that has lapsed since the student was in attendance, additional health related factors were evaluated and ...
No spectators at home OCSD sporting events:
With safety of the community and students mind, the Oswego City School District Board of Education at Tuesday, Sept. 29's meeting decided to allow no spectators at home sporting events for the fall season.
After examining the guidelines laid out by the state and Section III officials, the Board concluded the safest and most cost-effective decision was to move forward without spectators.
Board members discussed the benefits and potential risks that come with spectators, and ultimately a majority decided fewer people reduces risk, logistical concerns and chances for community spread of COVID-19. If anything changes regarding the pandemic, these rules can be reviewed and updated, officials added.
“Safety is our number one goal and was the driving force behind this ...
2017 alum to perform alongside Broadway star at virtual concert:
A recent graduate from Oswego City School District will perform a virtual duet with a Broadway star during a free online concert through SUNY Oswego on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Rachel Leotta, who graduated from Oswego High School in 2017 and starred in several OHS Musical and Drama Club roles while earning a number of accolades, will perform with Broadway star and recording artist Mandy Gonzalez, the college announced.
"Always eager to participate in anything and everything theatre-related, Rachel was a hard-working student in high school who also excelled in music classes where she was a member of Chamber Singers,” said OHS vocal music teacher Robert Dumas. “Rachel was selected for participation in NYSSMA's Conference All-State Mixed Chorus in December ...
September 23, 2020
Dear Oswego CSD Community,
I am writing to share that earlier today I learned that four of our students (one who attended school in person recently and three others who haven’t attended school in person as of yet) were quarantined by the Oswego Department of Health.
Due to HIPPA and FERPA confidentiality regulations - restraints the district is prevented and limited with respect to providing identifying information. However, I can share with all of you that none of the students who are involved have tested COVID-19 positive.
Please also know, the health department and district staff have completed all contact tracing that was necessary and have made contact with all individuals ...
Changes to OCSD tax collection process announced for 2020-21:
Tax bills will be mailed to the residents of the Oswego City School District soon. The district has announced changes for this year’s collection process due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
District officials said tax bills will be mailed out Sept. 29 and they are payable from Oct. 1, 2020 through March 1, 2021.
The preferred methods of payment this year include, mailing payments to Oswego City School District, P.O. Box 890, Oswego, N.Y. 13126; placing tax payments in the new drop box outside of the District Warehouse (224 West Utica Street); or processing your tax payment online via credit card at Oswego.org. There is a processing fee for credit card payment imposed from the online payment provider. Receipts will be mailed to taxpayers.
Due to COVID-19, for cash and ...
OCSD Board approves 4 varsity sports to return 9/23:
The Oswego City School District will offer four sports at the varsity level only beginning Wednesday, Sept. 23.
The district’s Board of Education approved Friday a varsity return for the four fall sports allowed under Section III guidelines – soccer, boys golf, cross country and girls tennis with the first day of practices planned for Sept. 23 to allow ample time for registration and communication.
During the meeting, Superintendent Dr. Mathis Calvin III presented to the Board financial breakdowns for different options. He concluded with a recommendation for varsity sports only, noting it would save on extra costs and staffing plus logistical concerns with so many extra teams while allowing those approaching their final years as a student-athlete a chance to play.
OCSD Board to meet Friday for further athletics discussion:
The Oswego City School District Board of Education will meet again virtually on Friday at 3:30 p.m. to discuss the possibility of moving forward with the four fall sports allowed under Section III guidelines.
The Board met for approximately three hours during its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, and a majority vote decided on the need for extra time to ensure that the extra costs those sports would incur due to new regulations can be met budgetarily, and all possible options are considered.
Superintendent Dr. Mathis Calvin III gave a thorough report that included all the new sporting rule changes plus health and safety regulations and transportation needs associated with returning the four sports – soccer, boys golf, cross country and girls tennis. The sign-up portal ...
OCSD Fall Sports Update:
September 11, 2020
Dear Oswego City School District Community,
I am writing today in response to a series of communications that the district has received concerning fall athletics and extracurriculars. Over the last couple of days, the district has received many emails from community members that assert a rumor that has been circulating. Specifically, the rumor is that the district will not be offering any athletics or extracurricular activities for secondary students in the fall.
In response, I am writing to share the following:
1. Thank You - The district is appreciative and thankful for all of the communications that it has received from community members throughout this week.
2. We hear our community ...
TOP TEN COMMUNICATION ITEMS PARENTS SHOULD KNOW AS WE PLAN TO REOPEN OUR SCHOOLS:
COMING SOON - Parent Square Portal Survey - Before sending your child(ren) to school each morning, parents, this year you will be asked to complete an online health
screening - survey through our new Parent Square Portal. This portalwill ask basic health screening questions.
lf parents do not complete this survey each morning, they will be contacted to ensure that this information is shared with the school. Details about this new portal are forthcoming. Parents will receive additional information in the coming weeks. Also, if a student has a temperature of 100 degrees or more when checked at the bus stop or when dropped off, the parent will be asked to come to take their child home.
Supplies - ln an effort to ensure the health and safety of students and staff, parents and/or ...
Dr. Mathis Calvin III Welcomed as New OCSD Superintendent of Schools:
Dr. Mathis Calvin III was sworn in as the new Oswego City School District Superintendent of Schools on Sept. 1.
Calvin’s appointment follows the retirement of Superintendent Dean Goewey, who concluded a 36-year career in education. The two have worked together since July to prepare for the transition and plan for the reopening of schools.
“It’s been great working with Dr. Goewey,” Calvin said. “This is a great district with really great people., and honestly the people have just been very welcoming, very open, and they want to do a good job.”
Bringing 10 years of superintendent experience, Calvin began his career in special education and has served as curriculum writer, instructional coach, building leader ...
OCSD Board approves instructional calendar updates, sets first day of school:
At its Aug. 18 meeting, the Oswego City School District Board of Education approved instructional calendar changes to begin the school year Sept. 14 with a week of virtual instruction for all followed by the planned reopening a week later.
The week of Sept. 14-18 will be entirely virtual for all students, the district leadership team announced, to ensure that all needed supplies and PPE have been secured and to provide additional time for staff development and completion of remote technology equipment upgrades.
“There will be no in-person instruction during these dates,” said Incoming Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mathis Calvin III and Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey in a release. “However, all students will still receive instruction these days in a remote manner ...
OCSD schedules reopening plan presentations:
The Oswego City School District has scheduled three virtual meetings to present its plans for reopening schools in September.
All three virtual meetings will take place Monday, Aug. 17 beginning at 9 a.m., noon and 5 p.m. They can be streamed on the WBUC YouTube page .
During each meeting, district officials will review the reopening plan and answer questions submitted via the form at the top of the district website homepage, Oswego.org .
A copy of the reopening plan in its entirety and a list of frequently asked questions can be located at Oswego.org/covid .
Capital Project Update: Summer 2020:
The ongoing Oswego City School District capital project improvements and construction has seen significant progress in 2020, and the project manager says the initial timeline for completion remains unchanged as work continued amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Drone photos released by the district showcase the large volume of upgrades and construction currently ongoing at OCSD as part of the capital improvement plan approved by voters in late 2018 to address structural and fundamental updates inside schools and around district grounds.
Roofing work at Fitzhugh and Kingsford elementary schools will be completed in the next week or two, and bleachers are arriving the week of Aug. 17 to continue the steady progress of the new athletics complex, project manager and Construction Associates ...
OCSD Reopening Plan:
Highlighting the importance of balancing safety and a meaningful education for all, the Oswego City School District administrative team unveiled its reopening plans for the 2020-21 school year at the Tuesday, Aug. 5 Board of Education meeting.
Incoming Superintendent Dr. Mathis Calvin III led the presentation, and laid out the district’s comprehensive plan for a successful year that ensures all students receive an education meeting state and federal guidelines while also having measures in place for a safe and healthy learning environment.
Dr. Calvin said he was very impressed with the hard work and energy of the task force and community stakeholders as everyone came together to ensure student needs were met and addressed.
“Watching the interactions of everyone ...
Male and Female Athlete of the Year Nominees:
The Oswego City School District Athletic Department has announced candidates for both Male and Female Athlete of the Year 2020.
Athletic Director Rhonda Bullard said each student athlete has embodied dedication, leadership, hard work, coachability and sportsmanship; all of which have “captured the attention of our coaches, making them all deserving of this title.” The Male and Female Athlete of the Year honors are sponsored by the Buc Boosters, and all candidates are determined by OCSD’s athletic coaches.
The Male and Female Athlete of the Year 2020 will be announced during the annual Senior Athlete Awards Ceremony, organized by the Buc Boosters. The event will be held at the Midway Drive-in, in Minetto.
Bullard said the district is proud ...
OCSD Celebrates Retirees:
The Oswego City School District has celebrated several employees who have retired, or will retire, by the end of the 2019-2020 school year with a collective 506 years of service.
Celebrated for their commitment to education and the success of each OCSD student, the 2020 retirees include teachers, teaching assistants, typists, maintenance workers, cooks, custodial staff members, bus drivers and OCSD Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey. The district honors the following retirees:
Dr. Dean Goewey, superintendent, 29 years of service
Kathleen Batchelor, TA, 18 years of service
Mary Lou DiFabio, TA, 19 years of service
Cynthia Herrman, TA, 21 years of service
Michele Lloyd, math teacher, 28 years of service
Deborah Mazurek, orchestra teacher, 33 years of service ...