Due to the spread
of coronavirus, or COVID-19, the Maine-Endwell School District has been
directed by Broome County to close our
schools, and prohibit all public access to our school facilities from Monday, March 16, 2020, through Monday, April
13, 2020 as a way to reduce social gathering and to create social
distancing. There are no known cases of the virus in the district at this time.
No extra-curricular activities, athletics and events will
take place during the closure.
We recognize that
this may be an inconvenience to our families, but our primary concern is the
health and wellness of all students, staff and community members. The district
has been in communication with local health department officials who have provided
It is our hope
that this closure will provide time to help stop the spread of illness. Cleaning of buildings will be taking place
during the closure.
We plan to open on our regular schedule on April 14, 2020.
ACADEMIC INSTRUCTION: Staff will
be coming into school this week to develop K-12 plans for educational
continuity. More information will be
provided later this week.
BREAKFAST/LUNCH SERVICE: Drive up food service will be provided for students’ meals, Monday through Friday. The district will provide two meals a day, breakfast and lunch. Both meals will be distributed at the same time. Pick up of both meals will take place between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at two locations, Maine Memorial and the High School. However, please note that meals can be picked up at any of the Broome-Tioga school locations. CLICK HERE FOR THE COMPLETE LIST OF DISTRIBUTION LOCATIONS.
If you have special needs or need help receiving meals, please call the Superintendent’s Office, 754-1400, ext. 2311.
RETRIEVAL OF STUDENTS’ URGENT, ESSENTIAL ITEMS FROM SCHOOL BUILDINGS: Students in grades K-12 will be allowed into school buildings on MONDAY, MARCH 16, FROM 3 to 7 p.m. ONLY to retrieve urgent, essential items. Students may enter the school through the building’s main entrance. They will sign in and STUDENTS ONLY will be allowed to go to classrooms or other areas. In order to limit the number of people entering the building, we please ask that students only come if there is an urgent need to retrieve essential items. We ask that students move through the building and exit quickly. Younger students will be escorted by administration. Parents will be asked to wait in the school’s lobby.
M-EALS DELIVERIES: M-EALS
deliveries will take place two times during the closure. Packages will include
two weeks of food in each delivery.
MORE ABOUT CORONAVIRUS, COVID-19
Exposure to COVID-19 can occur from person-to-person contact. If you have any concerns about your student’s health, we recommend contacting your medical provider.
families to continue taking steps to minimize the spread of all respiratory
illnesses, including COVID-19. The New York State Department of Health
recommends the following:
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. Heavily soiled hands should be washed.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and
mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people
who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a
tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently
touched objects and surfaces.
In addition, we encourage students and their families to limit the time spent among groups of other people, such as gathering at a friend’s house, shopping center or restaurant. The Centers for Disease Control advises that this can help minimize the spread of illness.
We will continue to monitor this situation and keep families informed if any new information develops. We know this is a serious matter of great concern to many of our families Please contact Superintendent Jason Van Fossen with any questions, 754-1400, ext. 2311, or [email protected].
Thank you for your cooperation.
Jason R. Van
U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) homepage
Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare
Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease
Includes guidance for schools with
and without COVID-19 identified in their communities.
Clean Hands Saves Lives
Includes fact sheets, videos,
posters and social media posts and graphics
Pandemic Preparedness Resources
Pandemic Flu Checklist for K-12 School Administrators,
Get your School Ready for Pandemic Flu
Department of Education, The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools
Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for
Schools and Communities
York State Department of Health