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This web page was created to provide resources and keep the Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship community informed. This is the official source of information on COVID-19 for our school. The page will be updated frequently, so please check back regularly.

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Remote Learning on Monday, April 5th, 2021

Dear parent/guardian,

Please be advised that Monday, April 5th, 2021 is a remote learning day for all students. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to your child's school.

Citizenship Academy Administration

Meal Pickup Prior to Mid-Winter Recess

SANY in collaboration with Chartwells has developed a [contactless drive through] meal service that will allow students greater access to food while at home.

Please see below for pickup times and locations prior to Mid-Winter Recess.

Any questions about pick ups, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Who Qualifies

  • All children 18 or younger are eligible to participate.
  • Children do not need to be enrolled in SANY Schools to participate.

Pick-up Locations and times:

There will be no meal pick up during mid-winter recess!

On 2/9 meal pickup will be available at all schools and participants will receive three days worth of meals.
On 2/11 meal pickup will ONLY be available at SAS High School. Participants will receive SEVEN days of meals to cover the entire winter recess.

Please sign up in advance by emailing your school pick up location and number of children you are picking up meals for to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • SAS Elementary: 2/9/2021 9am-11am
  • SAS Middle: 2/9/2021 10am-12pm
  • SAS High: 2/9/2021 and 2/11/2021 10am-12 pm
  • SAS Citizenship: 2/9/2021 10am-12pm

Cost
Meals are free for all children up to 18 years old.

➡ Hybrid Learning will resume on Monday, January 25th, 2021

Dear Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship parents and guardians,

We are writing to share an important announcement, our school will resume hybrid learning on Monday, January 25th, 2021.

We respect every family’s individual concerns and preferences. If you choose not to send your child to school on their designated hybrid days, and continue to do remote school work your child will not be counted as absent.

In an effort to effectively plan and collaborate fully with the Onondaga County Health Department, testing will be conducted on Monday, January 25th, 2021 at Citizenship Academy Elementary School at 12:30pm. Parents are more than welcome to accompany their children if they wish.

We ask that all families who choose to send their student(s) complete the health screening survey at https://www.sasccs.org/healthscreening prior to sending the student(s) to schools. In addition, we ask that everyone follow safety guidelines to ensure our staff, students, and families well being.

Sincerely,
Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship Administration

Remote Learning until January 22nd, 2021

Dear Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship parents and guardians,

As a district, we have closely monitored the percentage of COVID-19 cases in our geographic area. It is clear that the number of COVID-19 cases are still on the rise.

Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in our area, we will temporarily suspend in-person instruction and continue to hold remote learning. At this time, we will continue teaching all students remotely through Friday, January 22nd, 2021.

This decision was made as a safety precaution and is to ensure the wellbeing of our students and families during this difficult time. We are planning to resume in-person instruction on Monday, January 25th, 2021 as we continue to monitor the progression, and number of COVID-19 cases in our area.

Meal pickup this week will only be on Tuesday, January 19th at the Syracuse Academy of Science high school from 10AM-12PM. Meals will be provided for 5 days.

Please take this notice and our actions as a representation that we prioritize the health and safety of students, staff, and all members of our community to the fullest extent.

Sincerely,
Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship Administration

Remote Learning until January 15th, 2021

Dear Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship parents and guardians,

As a district, we have closely monitored the percentage of COVID-19 cases in our geographic area. It is clear that the number of COVID-19 cases are still on the rise.

With the holiday season ending and due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in our area, we will temporarily suspend in-person instruction and continue to hold remote learning. At this time, we will continue teaching all students remotely through Friday, January 15, 2021.

This decision was made as a safety precaution and is to ensure the wellbeing of our students and families during this difficult time. We are planning to resume in-person instruction on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 as we continue to monitor the progression, and number of COVID-19 cases in our area.

Meal pickup this week will only be on Tuesday, January 12th at the Syracuse Academy of Science high school from 10AM-12PM. Meals will be provided for 5 days.

Please take this notice and our actions as a representation that we prioritize the health and safety of students, staff, and all members of our community to the fullest extent.

Sincerely,
Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship Administration

Remote Learning during the week of January 4th

Dear Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship parents and guardians,

As a district, we have closely monitored the percentage of COVID-19 cases in our geographic area. It is clear that the number of COVID-19 cases are still on the rise.

With the holiday season ending and due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in our area, we will temporarily suspend in-person instruction and continue to hold remote learning. At this time, we will continue teaching all students remotely through Friday, January 8, 2021.

This decision was made as a safety precaution and is to ensure the wellbeing of our students and families during this difficult time. We are planning to resume in-person instruction on Monday, January 11, 2021 as we continue to monitor the progression, and number of COVID-19 cases in our area.

Meal pickup this week will only be on Tuesday, January 5th at the Syracuse Academy of Science high school from 10AM-12PM. Meals will be provided for 5 days.

Please take this notice and our actions as a representation that we prioritize the health and safety of students, staff, and all members of our community to the fullest extent.

Sincerely,
Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship Administration 

Remote Learning during the week of December 21st

Dear Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship parents and guardians,

As a district, we have closely monitored the percentage of COVID-19 cases in our geographic area. It is clear that the number of COVID-19 cases are on the rise.

With the holiday season approaching and due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in our area, we will temporarily suspend in-person instruction and hold remote learning. At this time, hybrid instruction will continue through Friday, December 18, 2020. We will begin teaching all students remotely Monday, December 21, 2020 through Wednesday, December 23, 2020 before Winter break.

This decision was made as a safety precaution and is to ensure the wellbeing of our students and families during this difficult time. We are planning to resume in-person instruction on Monday, January 4, 2020 as we continue to monitor the progression, and number of COVID-19 cases in our area.

Please take this notice and our actions as a representation that we prioritize the health and safety of students, staff, and all members of our community to the fullest extent.

Sincerely,
Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship Administration

Important Announcement on 12/14/2020

Dear Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship parents and guardians,

The Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship was notified today that a member of our academic community has tested positive for Covid-19. The staff member was last in school on December 12, 2020.

We are working closely with the Onondaga County Health Department to determine further courses of action. The Onondaga County Health Department will reach out to all contacts and advise on the need to quarantine and arrange testing for any party exposed. If you do not hear from the district or county health department, your child is not impacted.

The district has determined that the best course of action is to have remote learning for first grade students and staff beginning 12/15/2020 and ending 12/23/2020. Our staff will be available and release the virtual teaching schedule to families.

Please take our actions as a representation that we value the health and safety of all members of our academic community.

Sincerely,
Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship Administration

Important Survey Regarding COVID Testing for Students and Staff

Dear Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship Families and Staff,

As you know, Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship has been placed within the “orange zone” in Onondaga County. Those students that attend schools in an orange zone must begin testing for COVID-19. This means that 20% of their in-person staff and students must be tested each month (10% bi-weekly). In order for your child to attend in person learning on Monday, December 14th. please complete the school survey by clicking on the link below:

https://www.sasccs.org/covidtesting

In order for students to remain "in-person" at any school in an orange zone in NYS, all parents will need to give permission for testing by filling out the survey which can be found at the link above. Any student that does not have a completed survey by the end of Sunday, December 13th 2020, must continue attending classes remotely.

Remote students will not be tested as the zone designation requires only those students and staff members attending school in-person must be tested.

If at any time a parent or guardian wishes to rescind their consent, they may do so by contacting their child’s school building before the time of the scheduled test. Again please be advised this will mean your child will no longer be able to attend in-person and must remain online only.

The tests are shallow nasal swabs, and they will be administered at no cost as the county has supplied each school. Results are known within 15-20 minutes. Anyone with a positive result will be sent home.

We will continue to provide updates via our school’s messenger system and on our school websites. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me using the “How may we help you?” form.

Sincerely,

Dr. Tolga Hayali
Superintendent of Schools

Remote Meals Pick Up Announcement

SANY in collaboration with Chartwells has developed a [contactless drive through] meal service that will allow students greater access to food while at home.

Please see below for pickup times and locations for 12/14/2020-1/7/2021.

Any questions about pick ups, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Who Qualifies

  • All children 18 or younger are eligible to participate.
  • Children do not need to be enrolled in SANY Schools to participate.

Registration and Pickup
Pre-ordering is not necessary but is helpful to ensure enough meals are ready! If the hours listed are not convenient for you, please call the school’s main office to arrange alternate pickup times between 8am-4pm. 

PICK-UP Locations and times:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • 10am - 12pm
  • SAS High – 12/15, 12/17, 12/22, 12/29, 1/5, 1/7 10 am - 12 pm
  • Meal pickups on 12/22 and 12/29 will be a box of food with 5 days worth of food. 

Cost
Meals are free for all children up to 18 years old.

Hybrid Learning will resume on December 14th

Dear Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship parents and guardians,

We are writing to share an important announcement, our school will resume hybrid learning, December 14, 2020.

We respect every family’s individual concerns and preferences. If you choose not to send your child to school on their designated hybrid days, and continue to do remote school work your child will not be counted as absent.

In an effort to effectively plan and collaborate fully with the Onondaga County Health Department, testing will be conducted next week. Information regarding dates, times and location will be sent later in the week.

We ask that all families who choose to send their student(s) complete the health screening survey prior to sending the student(s) to schools. In addition, we ask that everyone follow safety guidelines to ensure our staff, students, and families well being.

Sincerely,
Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship Administration

Remote Learning will continue until December 11th, 2020

Dear SANY parent(s) and guardian(s),

As a district, we have closely monitored the percentage of COVID-19 cases in our geographic area. It is clear that the number of COVID-19 cases are continuing to be on the rise. 

Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in our area, we will continue to temporarily suspend in-person instruction. At this time, the week of December 7, 2020 through December 11, 2020 will be remote learning for all students. We will monitor the data, and will make a decision next Wednesday or Thursday regarding the weeks ahead. 

This decision was made as a safety precaution and is to ensure the wellbeing of our students and families during this difficult time. We are planning to resume in-person instruction on Monday, December 14th, 2020 as we continue to monitor the number of COVID-19 cases in our area. 

Please take this notice and our actions as a representation that we prioritize the health and safety of students, staff, and all members of our community to the fullest extent. 

Sincerely, 
Science Academies of New York Administration

Remote Learning before and after Thanksgiving Break

Dear SANY parent(s) and guardian(s),

As a district, we have closely monitored the percentage of COVID-19 cases in our geographic area. It is clear that the number of COVID-19 cases are on the rise. 

Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in our area, we will temporarily suspend in-person instruction and hold remote learning. At this time, hybrid instruction will continue through Friday, November 20th, 2020. We will begin teaching all students remotely Monday, November 23rd, 2020 and Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 before Thanksgiving break. We will continue to teach remotely the week after Thanksgiving Recess, starting from Monday, November 30th, 2020 through Friday, December 4th, 2020. 

This decision was made as a safety precaution and is to ensure the wellbeing of our students and families during this difficult time. We are planning to resume in-person instruction on Monday, December 7th, 2020 as we continue to monitor the number of COVID-19 cases in our area. 

Please take this notice and our actions as a representation that we prioritize the health and safety of students, staff, and all members of our community to the fullest extent. 

Updated Calendar:

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

11/23

Remote Learning

11/24

Remote Learning

11/25

Thanksgiving Recess (No School)

11/26

Thanksgiving Recess (No School)

11/27

Thanksgiving Recess (No School)

11/30

Remote Learning

12/1

Remote Learning

12/2

Remote Learning

12/3

Remote Learning

12/4

Remote Learning

Sincerely, 
Science Academies of New York Administration

Important Survey Regarding COVID Testing for Students and Staff

As of November 9, 2020, the Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship Charter School is part of a COVID -19 "Yellow Zone," as identified by Governor Cuomo.

We are now required to have 20% of our students and staff tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis in order to keep schools open for in-person learning. The test is called BinaxNOW, and is a nasal swab that produces results in approximately 15 minutes.

All parents/guardians of hybrid students are asked to complete this survey, indicating whether or not you consent for your child to be tested. Testing would be free and would occur approximately once a month if you were to consent. If your child is currently learning remotely, you do not need to complete the survey.

Survey is at https://www.sasccs.org/covidtesting

Surveys must be completed by the end of the day Friday, November 13, 2020.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this important survey.

Administration
Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship Charter School

Flu cases are being diagnosed across NY

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Influenza, or flu, cases are being diagnosed across New York state as flu season has officially started.

Flu spreads easily and can make people very sick, especially children. Flu symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Body aches
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Fatigue

Some people, especially children, may have stomach problems and diarrhea. Unlike a cold, the flu comes on very suddenly.

Flu symptoms are very similar to COVID-19 symptoms. It’s important for families to know that the Science Academies of New York (SANY) is required to follow the guidance in the New York State Department of Health Pre-K to Grade 12 COVID-19 Toolkit when determining if a student can attend school and when staff can go to work.

Please refer to the toolkit for help in determining if your child can attend school, return to school after an illness and whether your child needs a COVID-19 test to return to school.

“There is a large overlap between flu and COVID-19 symptoms,” said Diane Montgomery, a local physician who is supporting the district as its COVID-19 Medical Supervisor. “Our school nurses are required to follow the state Department of Health protocols, and families should know that a COVID-19 test may be required for their children to return to school after an illness or symptoms of an illness.”

If your child does need a COVID-19 test, please check the Onondaga County COVID-19 Testing website for testing information.

More information

Important Announcement on 10/23/2020

Dear Citizenship Academy Elementary School families and guardians,

The Citizenship Academy Elementary School was informed today, October 23, 2020, by the Onondaga County Health Department, that a student in Citizenship Academy has tested positive for COVID-19. The Health Insurance Portability and Accounting Act (HIPPA) and other privacy laws restrict the District from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information and we cannot identity anyone who has tested positive. The student was last in attendance on October 19, 2020.

On October 21, 2020 we self imposed closure for disinfection on October 22, 2020 and October 23, 2020 and to measure the scope of potential exposure, while determining the further course of action. Well working with the county health department, we determined that our closure exceeded the recommendation by the county. As such, we will reopen for in-person, hybrid learning for students on Monday, October 26, 2020.

While proceeding with an abundance of caution, we have worked closely with the Onondaga County Health Department to identity this individual's contacts at the school. It was determined that any potential exposure was very limited. The Onondaga County Health Department will reach out to all contacts and advise on the need to quarantine and arrange testing for those exposed. If you do not hear from the school district or County Health Department, your child is not impacted.

Please take this notice, and our actions as a representation that we will act swiftly to and with an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of students, staff and all members of our community to the fullest extent. Again, school will be open for in-person, hybrid learning on Monday, October 26, 2020.

Administration
Citizenship Academy

Important Announcement on 10/21/2020

Dear Citizenship Academy Elementary School families and guardians,

We are writing to share an important health announcement and announce that school will be closed for in-person learning, October 22, 2020 and October 23, 2020 for hybrid, in-person learning. Online learning will continue on schedule without disruption.

On Wednesday, October 21, 2020, we were notified in the late in the evening that a member of the Citizenship Academy Elementary School had a possible exposure to COVID-19. The last day that this party attended school was October 19. The party was put in isolation due to possible exposure to COVID-19 on October 19.

We are immediately imposing a self imposed closure while we seek further guidance and collaboration from Onondaga County Health Department. We will be closed for disinfection on October 22, 2020 and October 23, 2020 and to measure the scope of potential exposure, while determining the further course of action. Our closure at this time is self imposed, in an effort to effectively plan and collaborate fully with the Onondaga County Health Department.

Please take this notice, and our actions as a representation that we will act swiftly to and with an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of students, staff and all members of our community to the fullest extent. Again, online learning will continue without disruption.

Please note this closure is only for Citizenship Academy located at 301 Valley Drive and does not impact any other SANY school.

Administration
Citizenship Academy

Important Announcement

Dear Citizenship Academy Elementary School families, guardians and staff,

We are writing to share an important health announcement and announce that school will return to session on Monday, October 19, 2020 for hybrid, in-person learning. Those students who are in Monday/Tuesday groups may return to school, and we will resume our normal schedule. Online learning will continue on schedule without disruption.

On Thursday, October 15, 2020, we were notified that one member of the Citizenship Academy Elementary School had a possible exposure to COVID-19. The last day that this party attended school was October 9. The party was put in isolation due to possible exposure to COVID-19 by an individual in the community who does not attend Citizenship Academy but had interaction with this party.

We immediately closed the school for disinfection on Friday October 16, 2020 and measured the scope of potential exposure, while determining the course of action. Our closure was self imposed, in an effort to effectively plan and collaborate fully with the Onondaga County Health Department.

On Friday October 16, 2020 we were able to collaborate with Onondaga County Health Department who confirmed that a staff member at Citizenship Academy had tested positive for Covid-19. The last day that this staff member attended school was October 9. The party was put in isolation due to possible exposure to COVID-19 by an individual in the community who does not attend Citizenship Academy but had interaction with this party. This interaction took place outside of school and while school was not in session, and this staff member has not been in school since. We wish our staff member a safe, and healthy recovery.

According to the health department, since this took place away from school and this staff member has not been in school since exposure, Citizenship Academy does not need to take any further action beyond the regular Covid-19 cleaning and disinfection performed regularly.

In an effort to be proactive we proceeded with an abundance of caution, closing school for in-person leaning on Friday October 16, 2020 for disinfection and cleaning. As we self imposed this closure, the health department is satisfied that we acted in a manner that was beyond what was deemed necessary. As such, we will resume our regular schedule.

Please take this notice, and our actions as a representation that we will act swiftly to ensure the health and safety of students, staff and all members of our community to the fullest extent.

Again, we will return to session on Monday, October 19, 2020 for hybrid, in-person learning. Those students who are in Monday/Tuesday groups may return to school, and we will resume our normal schedule. Online learning will continue on schedule without disruption.

Administration
Citizenship Academy

Important Announcement

Dear Citizenship Academy Elementary School Parents and Guardians,

We are writing to share an important health announcement and announce that school will not be in session on Friday October 16 for hybrid learning. All learning will take place online on this day and further details will be provided tomorrow.

On Thursday, October 15, 2020, we were notified that one member of the Citizenship Academy Elementary School had a possible exposure to COVID-19. The last day that this party attended school was October 9. The party was put in quarantine due to possible exposure to COVID-19 by an individual in the community who does not attend Citizenship Academy but had interaction with this party.

Effective immediately we will close for disinfection, and to measure the scope of potential exposure, while determining the course of action. Our closure at this time is self imposed, as we are taking the highest precautions possible to ensure the health and safety of school and community. We will seek further details from the Onondaga County Health Department.

Please note this message is only for the Citizenship Academy located at 301 Valley Drive, and there is no other connection with our SANY schools noted at this time.

We wish everyone to stay safe, healthy, and informed. We will continue to provide you with new information as it is made available.

Administration
Citizenship Academy

First Day of School Announcement

Monday, August 17, 2020—The opening day of school for students for the 2020-2021 school year will still be Tuesday, September 8th. All students, K-5, will begin on September 8th with remote learning.

Hybrid learning will start on Monday, September 14th. ENL and SPED students will be offered to come in to the school for four days of instruction with the hybrid model.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate these unique circumstances. For more information on the Full-Time Online or Hybird school models click here.

About COVID-19

Since this virus is very new, health authorities continue to carefully watch how this virus spreads. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working hard to learn as much as possible about this new virus, so that we can better understand how it spreads and causes illness. The CDC considers this virus to be a serious public health concern.  

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  1. HANDS: Wash them often
  2. ELBOW: Cough into it
  3. FACE: Don't touch it
  4. FEET: Stay more than 3ft apart
  5. FEEL: sick? Stay home