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We are dedicated to the safety and learning of all our students. You will find some information related to our common processes and procedures for the 2020 school year. 


School Day and Schedule

To accommodate social distancing requirements and transportation we have made a shift to the school day. Doors will open for students at 8:30 AM. Supervision is not provided outside prior to this time. Students will be considered tardy after 9:00 AM. School dismissal will begin at 3:00 PM.

Social Distancing & Masks

Masks must be worn by all members of the school community. Periodic mask breaks will be provided to students during silent independent work or when distanced in an exterior space. These times will be designated by teachers or other staff members and will be at the discression of the supervising adult. Masks may be removed when eating. 

Desks in all classrooms have been spaced at least 6 feet apart. Marks and signage in the building designate one-way traffic patterns and social distancing within the hallways and other public spaces. All members of the school community are requried to remain socially distant to the extent possible. 

Required In-Person Parent/Guardian Attestation Compact

All students must have a parent or guardian electronically sign the Required In-Person Parent/Guardian Attestation Compact prior to attending in-person learning. It is required that all families follow the health and safety guidelines outlined in the compact. A compact may be signed by following this link. 


Students will be entering through three separate entrance points starting at 8:30 AM. They will be separated by grade level for students who are walking or being picked up. These entrances are nearest to Randall street by the basketball court. Click here for a map that shows entry points. 

During arrival it is important for all students and family members to maintain social distancing. All students will have their temperature taken with a touchless thermometer once they enter the building. Students will go directly to their homeroom upon arrival. Family members will not be permitted to enter the building with their student.


During the entire dismissal process we ask that families remain socially distant or in their vehicle. Any changes to dismissal are needed no later than 1:00 PM. 

  • Bussers: Students riding the bus released directly to their bus when it arrives. They will stay in their homeroom until dismissed. If a bus route has not arrived by 3:40, students may be brought to another location to wait. 

  • Walkers: Students designated as walkers will be escorted to their respective 5th and 6th grade dismissal exits. These exits are the same door used for arrival. Students are asked to continue walking off of school property, including the playground, upon exiting the building.

    • 5th grade walkers students will be released at 3:05 PM
      6th grade walkers students will be released at 3:10 PM
      If there are siblings in different grades, 6th grade siblings will be released at the 5th grade time. 

  • Parent Pickup: 

    • Pickup will occur on the Randall street side in the designated area. 
    • Students being picked up will remain in their homeroom class until a parent has arrived. 
    • All students being picked up will be issued a numbered tag. This tag must be displayed in the car or be held by the individual picking up a student. 
    • Tags will be read by a school staff member and communicated to classrooms. Students will be released directly from classrooms.  
    • Any parent / guardian who is picking up by car is asked to remain in their vehicle. 
    • If picking up without a vehicle, please maintain social distancing.


Social distancing will be maintained at all times. This includes while students ride the bus. Students will be assigned to ride one student per seat. Masks must be worn while riding the bus. Students are expected to remain seated, refrain from physical contact, and enter and exit the bus in order. Daily transportation changes are difficult to accommodate and will not be possible due to limited capacity. Any permanent transportation changes will require a brief waiting period to implement.


All visitors must enter through main entrance door A and follow all screening protocols. All communications with office staff will be completed through a barrier in the office door. Anyone who is waiting will be required to remain in the front foyer area. Visitors to the building will only be allowed on an as needed basis and must have approval from the school principal. 

School Supplies 

As in other recent years students and families do not need to purchase school supplies. All daily school supplies will be provided by the district and distributed by teachers. Students need to bring their own backpack, water bottle, and art smock.

Food Service for In-Person Learners

Breakfast and lunch are provided for all students free of charge. Breakfast and lunch will be served in the classroom this year. Students are welcome to bring their own lunch as well as a snack.

Class Schedules for In Person Learning
All elementary schools in the district use a 6 day rotation schedule for special area classes (music, art, PE, and Library). All students will have the following specials during the 6 day rotation. 
  • 3x PE   - 2x Art, Music, Library

Each day students will receive the following instructional minutes per content area:

  • ELA / Math - 85 minutes
  • Science - 45 minutes every other day
  • Social Studies  - 45 minutes every other day
  • Specials Areas - 40 minutes (3 of 6 days students will have 2 specials)
  • Lunch - 30 minutes
  • Break - 30 minutes

Sample Student Schedule

  • Arrival & HR 8:30-9:05 
  • ELA 9:05-10:30 
  • Science or Social Studies 10:30-11:15
  • Special 11:15-11:55
  • Lunch 11:55-12:25
  • Flex Time / Special 12:25-1:05
  • Math 1:05-2:30
  • Break 2:30-3:00

Schedules may vary depending on needs and may be adapted by teacher teams. Exact schedules will be communicated by classroom teachers during the opening of school. Students are expected to have daily attendance while learning remotely. While some assignments may be asynchronous there will be daily live interaction with a teacher. 

Sample Remote Learning Schedule

  • 9:00-9:30 Morning Meeting 
  • 9:30-10:30 Math 
  • 10:30-11:00 Break 
  • 11:00-12:00 ELA 
  • 12:00-12:30 Reflection Meeting 
  • 12:30-1:00 Lunch (virtual social room)
  • 1:00-1:40 Science or SS 
  • 1:40 Break
  • 1:50-2:25 Specials
  • 2:25-3:05 Work time & extra help

Expectations for Remote Learning 

It is important for students to be fully engaged in their learning. To help with this, students are to engage in learning while meeting the following expectations:

Be Respectful

  • Wear appropriate clothing
  • Be in camera view with your camera on
  • Mute yourself when not speaking
  • Speak clearly
  • Stay on topic

Be Responsible 

  • Use your Chromebook for school purposes only
  • Do not eat or drink around your Chromebook
  • Find a quiet workspace without background distractions and be aware of your surroundings
  • Chat responsibly, raise your hand to speak or type questions in the chat box
  • Think before acting, speaking, or writing
  • Be prepared: computer is charged, headphones are ready, camera is on 
  • Use positive work habits such as:
    • staying focused and persevering through challenging tasks
    • being organized
    • asking for help as needed 
    • completing work with quality and pride
    • being proactive to learn and grow
    • using feedback to improve
    • knowing deadlines
    • being reliable 
    • being able to work in a group or independently when needed

Be Safe

  • Stay on approved website and applications
  • Respect others’ privacy
  • Tell someone if you are struggling

Special Areas for Remote Learning

In addition to core content, students will still be engaging in special area content (music, art, physical education, library). Specials teachers will interact with each remote learning class once per 6 day rotation. Support and instruction will be provided during these times. Students may complete some work during synchronous instruction, but will often have work to complete outside if the scheduled class time. Students are strongly encouraged to be physically active on a daily basis.

Food Service for Remote Learners

Students participating in remote learning are eligible to receive meals on a weekly basis. Meals will be distributed every Monday between 11:00AM-12:00PM from the parking lot across from the bus garage and district office on Valley View Drive. If a holiday falls on a Monday, meals will be distributed on Tuesday. Meals for the week, consisting of 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches, will be provided for school aged children who are part of the Cortland ECSD. Any family who would like to receive meals for their students will need to register by emailing



Mr. Robert J. Edwards, Superintendent

1 Valley View Drive
Cortland, NY 13045

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