Dear Parents and Guardians,
The Churchville-Chili Central School District prides itself in providing a safe learning environment for its students and staff. This includes both online and in-person tools that support instruction as well as social, emotional well-being. This year, with students spending more time online remotely, we want to share some specific reminders regarding internet safety as well as other health and wellness resources. I encourage you to review the Winter Link Newsletter
which provides important information that will assist all of us in supporting the district goals of fostering social, emotional, and physical well-being in our school community and sustaining a safe and secure school environment.
At the beginning of the school year we asked students, parents and staff to complete a needs assessment survey to aid us in providing the appropriate social, emotional support to our students and staff. The results of the three surveys, some of which can be found on page 4, are being used by our administrative staff, instructional leaders and mental health team members to develop activities and opportunities for students and staff, whether in-person or online.
When it comes to online safety, we are seeing an increase of students using online gaming and chat sites to connect with friends. However, this access also comes with risks and the potential exposure to inappropriate content, cyberbullying and online predators.
Many Internet service providers (ISPs) have parent-control options that allow you to restrict your child’s access to adult material. You can also obtain software that helps block access to sites and prevents sharing personal information online. Other programs can monitor and track online activity. More about the dangers of online gaming and instant messaging can be found on page 2.
Finally, we continue to address the dangers of vaping and the increased use by our students. More information specific to our high school can be found on page 3.
In closing, thank you to our students, staff and families for working together to help reopen our schools this past September, and remain open throughout the past several months.
Superintendent of Schools