Special Message for Cortland Community
March 19, 2020
Distance Learning Portal is Live
During the time of distance learning, we will continue to provide instruction. A portal has been established on the district webpage where all assignments are communicated -- the portal is now live . It will be updated each week no later than the end of the day each Thursday (although some teachers may be updating the portal more frequently). You can also find information about how to contact teachers and other staff such as counselors and school social workers.

In some cases work will be done online and in other cases packages of printed work will be distributed at each school. Each Monday (except for April Break), between the hours of 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., students and families can pick up packages of the printed work materials at the student's school. Materials will be available from the bus loop area of each school -- just pull up in the loop and we will hand materials to you.

Families who request the loan of a laptop or Chromebook will receive it with the package of printed materials. On March 23rd, only, families will also be able to pick up any musical instruments or other belongings that were left at school. Access to the building will be controlled to comply with state guidelines. 

When parents pick up new materials each Monday, they will also be able to drop off the previous week’s work (except during the Spring Break week). 

Specific questions about the pickup of materials can be directed to each school’s office. 

We recognize the significant disruption the COVID-19 situation has on your family and on your child’s routine. It is important to keep in perspective that it is not possible to substitute learning at home for all of the instruction that takes place in the District on a daily basis. However, our faculty and staff have worked collaboratively to provide distance learning opportunities for students during this challenging situation. These learning opportunities are intended to keep students connected to learning while they are not in school. We know that parents are being overwhelmed with “free” or suggested learning sites and resources. We ask that students attend to the distance learning we have identified before engaging in any of these other activities. 
Other School Services
School counselors, social workers, and other support services will be available on a scheduled basis during the closure. Contact information has been posted to the portal
Food Service New Locations
Breakfast and lunch will be available for every student, Monday through Friday, at locations across the community from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. Locations include:
  • Barry Primary bus loop
  • Junior Senior High School bus loop
  • McEvoy Campus of OCM BOCES bus loop
  • Randall Middle bus loop
  • Smith Intermediate bus loop
  • Virgil School bus loop
  • Additional sites added: 
  • Parker School (parent drop-off area)
  • Penguin Trailer Park (11a - noon only)
  • Rickard Street Apartments (11a - noon only)
District COVID-19 Webpage
We encourage everyone to frequently visit the special COVID-19 web page where we are collecting information for our educational community. There you will find up-to-date information as well as links to other resources.