2016-2017 Back to School Information


SCHOOL OPENS ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7!
 
We have developed a list of important back-to-school information to help you prepare your child for the new school year.
 
  • Important Health Information
New York State law requires a health examination for all students entering the district for the first time and when entering Pre-K or K, 2nd, 4th, 7th and 10th grade. For more information on required physicals and immunizations your child may need for the 2016-2017 school year, visit the nurses’ page on the district website HERE.
 
Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, all students entering 7th and 12th grade must have the meningococcal vaccine. Without it, they can’t start school in September. The vaccine is not new and has been recommended for a decade, and most parents already choose to vaccinate their children. What’s new is that the vaccine will be REQUIRED for school entry for 7th and 12th grade as of September 1, 2016.
 
Please speak with your doctor regarding the vaccine. Even children who have had a shot before may need a booster. More information can be found HERE.
 
  • Schedules & Teacher Assignments
Students’ schedules and teacher assignments for 2016-2017 will be available to view in the parent portal as of August 26. If you have trouble logging into the portal, please contact your school for assistance.

The District does not finalize teacher assignments or student schedules until late August due to the amount of new students that the District registers over the summer months. In the summer of 2015, the District registered 200 students, and we expect to register as many, if not more, this summer.
 
As new students enroll in K-5, the schools determine with which teacher to place each student, based on each individual student’s academic needs. This may require shifting current students to other classrooms to keep class sizes to a reasonable number of students, thus altering the tentative class lists.
 
At the secondary level, the schedules are not finalized until late August since new students must be added to various courses. Scheduling courses to accommodate all students and keep each class to a reasonable size is a complex process at Baker High School and Durgee Junior High School. It can require shuffling students to different classrooms, up to the last minute, in order to place each student in the course they need to take for the year.
 
Grade level and course supply lists can be found on the District’s website at the following links:
 
Baker High School – Many teachers are posting their lists on their classroom sites. You can find a link to each teacher’s website in the online staff directory.
 
Durgee Junior High School – Supplies by course
 
Ray Middle School – Generic lists for grades 6 & 7 are HERE. The school will be mailing team-specific supply lists to students before school begins. These lists may have additional items not on the generic lists.

Elden Elementary School – Grade level supply lists
 
McNamara Elementary School – Grade level supply lists
 
Palmer Elementary School – Grade level supply lists
 
Reynolds Elementary School – Grade level supply lists
 
Van Buren Elementary School – Grade level supply lists
 
  • Deadline For Requests For Transportation For Day Care Is August 28
The District establishes bus routes for the new school year over the summer months. Due to safety issues, no changes to day care stops or bus stops for the newly established routes will be considered from August 29 to September 16. During this time period, the Transportation Department will take late requests but will not make any changes in routes until September 17.
 
You must submit a request form for day care/sitter transportation EVERY YEAR, even if your day care/sitter is the same as the previous year.      
 
You can download a request for a transportation form from the Transportation Department’s home page HERE. Please submit it by August 28 so that your child has transportation on the first day of school.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Transportation at 638-6097.
  
  • Prepay For School Meals
You can deposit money into your child’s school meal account before school begins with SchoolBucks HERE. The online service will be open to accept payments for the new school year as of August 17.
 
If you do not have a SchoolBucks account, please read the Getting Started Guide for help on setting up an account.
 
  • Do Not Photograph/ No Image Request
The Baldwinsville Central School District often features images of students, usually identified by name, school and grade, in district publications (including, but not limited to the calendar, the website, district newsletters - print and enewsletters - posters, and the district’s Facebook and Twitter pages). We also share images of students with the local media (including, but not limited to newspapers and television stations and their websites and social media sites).
 
Please note that the procedure to request that no images be taken of your child has changed beginning with the new school year. If you DO NOT WANT your child’s image to be taken and used by the district or local media during the 2016-2017 school year, you must now fill out a No Image Request form and return it by October 1, 2016 to District Communications, Baldwinsville Central School District, 29 East Oneida Street, Baldwinsville, NY 13027. THIS REQUEST MUST BE MADE EVERY YEAR. You can also send the form into school with your child on the first day of school and the school will forward it to the Communications Office.
 
If you DO NOT RETURN this form, the District will assume that YOU GIVE PERMISSION for your child(ren) to be photographed as well as identified by name, school and grade in District publications for the 2016-2017 school year, as well as shared with the media.
 
  • New Lock-Down Drill Requirements for NYS Schools
New York State has amended its law regarding fire and emergency drills for schools. The amendments became effective July 1, 2016. They expand fire drill requirements for schools to also include emergency drills to prepare students to be able to respond appropriately in the event of a sudden emergency. The state now requires schools to conduct 12 drills each school year, four of which must be lock-down drills and the remaining eight are required to be evacuation drills.
 
Baldwinsville students and staff should not notice a change with the inclusion of lock-down drills being conducted since the District has always gone above and beyond and required these annual emergency drills as a part of our safety plan.
 
During a lock-down drill, no one is allowed to enter or exit a school building, all hallways are clear, all doors are locked, and students and staff are out of sight behind locked doors, away from windows and doors.
 
 We look forward to welcoming our students back to school on September 7! We hope you enjoy the rest of your summer.
Last updated on 8/11/2016