Gregory J. Woytila
Superintendent of Schools
Secretary to the SuperintendentNorth Tonawanda City School District176 Walck Road
North Tonawanda, New York 14120-4097
Phone: (716) 807-3500Fax: (716) 807-3525
Message from the Superintendent
It is amazing that it is November already. As we get set for a different looking holiday season with family, we are also doing several alternative plans for school.
First off, if we need to close a building for any amount of time or the state closes us, we have been working with administrators and staff and using parent input to develop a full remote plan as needed. The six-day cycle that we use in North Tonawanda will be followed for special classes and daily instruction under this model.
Second, enhancements to the current remote plan will be implemented after Thanksgiving. K-6 will have daily live support in ELA and Math going forward. These will be at designated times by building and grade level and a full schedule will be published as we get closer to that time.
Third is the district's ability to get more students back in seats. New York State has not lifted any precautions such as mask wearing or social distancing, so we must work within those guidelines. We all agree that returning to normal can’t happen soon enough, but until then we will work to get as many students as possible back two days a week. We have adequate seating with social distancing in place in most classes for this, however the problem is that buses are close to capacity so transportation may become a hurdle to get over.
As I write this, North Tonawanda CSD has had 5 confirmed cases of students or staff testing positive for the COVID-19 virus. While one case would be too many, we are pleasantly surprised that we made it through the first two months of school with a single-digit positive number. Much of that success goes to the staff and families of North Tonawanda for taking the proper precautions as directed by the CDC and Department of Health. Thank you all for doing your part in keeping schools safe.
I will continue the Wednesday Facebook live sessions and add a monthly evening Facebook live on the third Wednesday of every month for those that may wish to ask questions but work during the day. I appreciate everyone watching, asking questions, and sharing the videos so we can stay informed.
I wish you all a safe and happy holiday season with your family and friends. Let's hope that 2021 brings us a return to normal as we know it. Stay Lumberjack strong.
Gregory J. Woytila
Superintendent of North Tonawanda City Schools