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Superintendent

Superintendent John T. Hillis

John T. Hillis Superintendent
June 13, 2022
 
 
Dear Parents/Guardians:
 
I’m writing to inform everybody of a few schedule changes that will be taking place during the 2022-2023 school year.
 
These changes are designed to benefit students, teachers and staff along with the District’s ability to support student learning and participation in enhanced curricular as well as extra-curricular activities.
 
Our goal is to create a period of time each day when students are able to meet with teachers and staff to make up missed work, finish current assignments, get extra help, meet with extra-curricular advisors and participate in multiple extra-curricular activities, etc.
 
This period will occur after the last regularly scheduled instructional period of the school day, between 2:25 and 3:10.  Students will have the ability to stay if needed (or required) whenever they choose and attend to matters that cannot be taken care of during the regular school day. 
 
Sometimes it may be just getting extra help on an assignment, finishing an essay or science lab, or even finding a quiet place to do homework before practice.
 
In the MS and HS, there may be instances where a teacher will require a student to stay for help and support.
 
In the Primary School, all students will be assigned a specific day of the week that they will be required to stay for small group skills development and individual instruction.  The Primary School will be in touch with more specifics at a later date.
 
These changes will occur in all three buildings and as such, the bus schedule will change to accommodate building needs.
 
Morning bus runs will stay the same but afternoon bus runs will change according to the following:
 
PM Bus Schedule:
 
            First Release
            2:20 pm     PS 1st release of students
            2:23 pm     HS 1st release of students
            2:30 pm     MS 1st release of students
 
            Second Release
            3:00 pm     MS 2nd release of students
            3:06 pm     HS/PS 2nd release of students
 
            Sports Run
            4:50 pm     Leaves Middle School
            5:00 pm     Leaves High School
 
*Must sign up for sports bus by 1:00 pm daily
*Up to 2 buses will run per day as needed
 
Sincerely,
 
John Hillis
Superintendent of Schools
 
 
 


August 29, 2021
 
Good Morning Blackhawk Nation,
 
I’m writing today to give everybody a heads-up on our school year and what to expect.
As you are all fully aware, things have changed significantly since June.  The Delta variant is out there and COVID cases are once again rising.  However, like last year, we are determined to keep the buildings open by making sure all of our students, teachers, staff and visitors continue to remain safe.
As we begin another year, our COVID procedures and protocols should be very familiar to you.  
In fact, much of what we successfully did last year will still be in place.
Here are the basics:
            1.  All students will be in school every day
            2.  Masks will continue to be required inside the buildings
            3.  Masks will continue to be required on the buses
            4.  Mask breaks will occur periodically throughout the day
            5.  Masks are not yet required outdoors while on school property
            6.  We will not be required to do temperature checks or surveys like we did last year
I fully understand that everybody is tiring of the mask mandates, but in a school, they are especially important so we ask for your cooperation.  
Hundreds of our students are not yet vaccinated and masks are the primary defense mechanism to slow the spread of COVID in Oxford.  They are also required by NYS Department of Health so we must comply.
With any luck, the pandemic will ease soon and we will be able to get back to normal but for now, these measures are for the safety and benefit of everybody in this community.
They will also help us ensure that our buildings remain open.
As always, we will do everything possible to further the safety of our entire Blackhawk community and as always, we appreciate your support in helping us make Oxford the special place that it is.
Please feel free to refer to our district website for additional COVID information and updates. 
 
With Sincere Regards,
 
John Hillis
Superintendent of Schools
Oxford Academy and Central School District


 


 


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