WE DID IT!! After 6 months of speculation, planning and hard work, the Bainbridge-Guilford Central School District successfully opened its doors to students again on Thursday, September 10, 2020.
This fall we welcomed 81% of our student body back to campus, and 19% of our students are learning remotely from home. BG is using a “hybrid” model this fall which means we have some students learning at home fully virtual, and the remaining students are split into group A and group B with each group on campus for two days of in-person instruction and home for 3 days of virtual instruction. Since virtual and in-person instruction occur daily, the district has the ability to switch to full virtual instruction at home if weather conditions or an increase in COVID cases warrants it. Currently, Wednesday is being used for “deep cleaning” all of the classrooms and areas of the buildings, as well as office hours for students, AIS support and advanced and college classes. BG has about 350 students on campus at one time. We are maintaining social distancing and all students and staff wear masks.
Our three year Capital Project is winding down with just a few finishing touches left. Please notice the return and restoration of the historic lights in front of Guilford elementary. These lights are nearly 100 years old and were originally gas. They have been converted to electric and will now light the way for another 100 years. They have been painstakingly restored in Cooperstown, NY.
Our meal delivery for BG students continues with around 300 of our students having meals delivered to their homes. If you are interested in having meals delivered for your child the days he/she is home, please call Billie at 967-6331.
You may have heard that school districts in New York State are facing possible aid reductions of 20% for the current school year. For BG, this equates to around $2.4 million dollars. If this occurs, this will be a huge hit to our district. The board of education, district finance committee and administrators are currently meeting to determine the best course of action for our district. Please look for more information on our possible aid loss in the very near future.
And finally, parents please make sure you are logging in each morning to the school website whether your child’s temp is below/above 100 deg. F and completing the screening questions. In the very near future, we will have an app for this process that communicates with PowerSchool and will make this process much more streamlined.
Enjoy the upcoming autumn and cooler temps. While not a traditional school year at BG, it will still be a great one! Proud to be a bobcat!
Timothy R. Ryan
Superintendent of Schools