• Update:  Masking in Schools

    Yesterday afternoon, NYSED issued a release stating that there have been no changes to the state's mask mandate in schools. The statement attempted to clarify the Health Commissioner's letter and Governor's press release as an attempt to facilitate a response from the CDC. 

    At this time, the State Education Department has clarified there has been no change in the NYSED or NYS DOH stance at this time. All staff and students are expected to wear masks until any official announcement is made.  If and when that occurs, more information will be provided to students, families and staff.


    Anxiety is an issue that has escalated for children and adults in our COVID 19 world however it has also been something that many students have struggled with prior to the pandemic. 


    The rate of anxiety in children is a mental health crisis with 1 in 3 children suffering from an anxiety disorder. And, nearly 80% of these children and teens suffer without help. 


    What's Anxiety Training for Schools?

    Our school district is offering this virtual training series for teachers, staff, students, and parents to help students take back their lives from anxiety, to face their fears, and live a life they value. It provides an actionable, evidence-based approach for parents, teachers, and staff to coach students.

    In this program, you will learn:

    • what happens in our brain to set off the anxiety response
    • how to retrain the brain to handle uncertainty, change, and distress
    • understand the role of anxiety in families and how to partner with schools to help children live well with anxiety
    • learn skills to shift out of avoidance and accommodations and into doing what you and your children value even when you or they feel anxious


    Each building will be hosting the Parent Workshop:

    • Maplemere Elementary: May 13th
    • SH Middle School: May 18th
    • SH High School: May 19th
    • Heritage Heights: May 20th
    • Willow Ridge: May 25th
    • Glendale: May 27th

    All Programs begin at 6:30pm

    To Join the Meeting please click the Zoom link: https://sweethomeschools-org.zoom.us/j/95619577607?pwd=SThQejh3OW5veDBHZk9nYmpRbHFsUT09



    District-Wide Safety Plan

    Building-Level Emergency Response Plans

    Public Employer Health Emergency Plan

    Annual Public Hearing

    In accordance with NYS Education Law §2801-a and NYS Commissioner’s Regulation §155.17, public school districts must adopt a District-Wide Safety Plan and building-level Emergency Response Plans for each school building.

    The District-Wide Safety Plan is made available for public comment on an annual basis for a 30-day period, and includes an annual public hearing.  The District-Wide Safety Plan must be approved by the Board of Education by September 1.

    The building-level Emergency Response Plans are confidential.  They provide detailed information on how school personnel and students should respond to different types of emergencies.  These confidential plans are shared with law enforcement agencies and emergency responders, and are submitted to NYSED by the October 1, 2021. 

    In accordance with NYS Labor Law 27-c and NYS Education Law 2801-a, public school districts must also adopt a Public Employer Health Emergency Plan (PEHEP).  This PEHEP was approved by the SHCSD Board of Education on April 20, 2021, and will be added as an Appendix to the District-Wide Safety Plan. 

    The public hearing on the District-Level Safety Plan will be held on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 6:00 PM in the Vergil’s Community Conference Center. 

    The proposed 2021-22 District-Wide Safety Plan, including the PEHEP, is attached:

    District-Wide Safety Plan

    The proposed 2021-22 code of conduct is attached

    Code of Conduct

    Comments, questions, or concerns will be accepted through July 7, 2021. The Board of Education will approve the final 2021-22 District-Level Safety Plan in August 2021.

    Questions may be directed to JoAnn Balazs, Assistant Superintendent, at (716) 250-1408 or jbalazs@sweethomeschools.org.