• During this trying time, please know that PCS is doing its best in keeping parents, students and community up to date on all that is happening. 

    We have created this page to put all information regarding the school and resources to help all through this difficult time.


    Hello PCS families,

    First of all sorry for all of the emails and messages, but I wanted to reach out and let you know that we have set up a new Prattsburgh Central School Facebook page that we will be using to get information out there for all of you.  Here is the link to the Facebook page:   PCS Facebook page

    I am going to have a Facebook live session on Monday, April 6 at 3:00 PM where I will give you some updated information.  Feel free to tune in!

    In the meantime, please remind students to check their school e-mails…teachers are reaching out.

    We are hoping that you all are safe and well!

     

    Please remember that we have meals available at the school and they will be served daily at the cafetorium entrance, Monday through Friday, 7:30 am -10:30 am. Deliveries will also be made to your house if you need that service.

    Also, remember that you can use this e-mail for any issues including requesting meal deliveries: pcsfamilies@prattsburghcsd.org


     

  • June 19, 2020

    Survey for Parents

    Hello PCS families,

     

    Even though it has been a very strange and interesting end to the school year, I wanted to thank you all for continuing to work with us to make it go as smoothly as possible. The PCS community is second to none, and during times of crisis it really showed.

     

    At this point in time, we have not received any guidance from the state on re-opening plans for the Fall. Our hope is that students are able to attend and follow a schedule that we would consider normal, but we have to start to prepare for new regulations and procedures that may be put in place for all schools.

     

    With that in mind, there is a link to survey below where you can provide open and honest feedback about your experiences with your child(ren) during the period that we were closed. We value this feedback and will use it as we start to put plans in place for the Fall. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey and understand that all feedback is valuable.

     

    Here is the link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=tI91VThOd0W2r-UBIrQ8ng2T3Fn_ebNKqNgBJqoa819UQzI1Qlo1Q1FSMFFQMUg3NVQ3UERNOTNRTC4u

     

    Thanks again for your continued support!

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Kory Bay

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  • June 15, 2020 UPDATE:

    Hello PCS families,

     

    I’m writing to update you on some items as we near the end of the school year:

     

    1. Reminder that Monday, June 15 is the last day of instruction for our students.
    2. Our large collection day is going to happen next Tuesday, June 16 for all of our students.  We will be available from 7:30 am until 6:00 PM to collect anything that needs to be returned (computers, textbooks, etc.). Just pull in the upper parking lot (cafetorium entrance), remain in your cars and we will come out and assist you. It is very important that everyone remains in their vehicles during this collection time.
    3. We will continue food distribution and delivery through the last week in June. The last day of delivery and pick up will be Thursday, June 25. We are working on plans for summer feeding where families will get 7 days’ worth of breakfast and lunch delivered to individual homes. We will be sending out a form that needs to be filled out late next week when plans are finalized.  We are planning to start this program the week of July 6.
    4. I am going to be sending out a survey next week to get information from families on how the entire period of closure went. It is very important that we get your feedback so that if this happens again, we are better prepared to meet your needs.
    5. Keep track of social media and our website for celebrations of our students. Our athletic awards will be posted tonight and our academic awards will be posted Monday, June 15.

     

    I also want to thank everyone for their continued patience and support throughout this closure. This is certainly a time we will never forget, and I sure hope we get back to normal soon. I speak for all of us here at PCS when I say that we have missed your children tremendously and it is very important to all of us to get them back in this building soon.

     

    Finally, congratulations to the class of 2020 and we are looking forward to celebrating your accomplishments together very soon!

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Kory Bay

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  • May 29, 2020

    There is not much new to report so just a few reminders:

     

    1. Absentee ballots for the school budget vote were sent to qualified voters and are due back to the district office by June 9 at 5 PM. If you did not receive a ballot, please call Roxy at 522-6211.
    2. The budget information is available at https://www.prattsburghcsd.org/domain/15 The highlight of the budget is that there is a 0% tax levy increase proposed and we still plan to keep all programs in place for our students.
    3. There is also a capital project referendum vote and all of that information can be found here: https://www.prattsburghcsd.org/domain/52 As advertised many times recently, this project can be completed without additional impact to tax payers, and provides updates our students and community deserve!

     

    Please know that you can call me or e-mail me with any questions about either the budget or the capital project.

     

    Stay well everyone and enjoy this weather!

     

    Kory Bay

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  • Update: May 26, 2020

    Good morning PCS families,

    I hope you were all able to enjoy some rest and relaxation with your families over the Memorial Day weekend.

    I am writing to provide some updates that will help everyone plan ahead. 

    Last Day Of School: 

    Since students officially attended classes over the originally scheduled spring break and since Regents exams have been canceled, the last official day of instruction for the year will be June 15.  Unless the New York State Education Department provides additional guidance, this modification to the school calendar will be final.

    Summer School:

    Last week, Governor Cuomo officially announced that summer school will be conducted via distance learning.  That means that there will be no in-person instruction and we will not be able to offer driver education this summer. Mrs. Peck is working on all of the details of what summer programming will look like, so stay tuned for more information. I am going to be sending out a survey later this week to gauge interest in summer school.

    Budget Vote:

    Remember that there is no in-person voting for the budget this year. Everyone will be voting via absentee ballots that were sent out last week and the ballots are due back to the school by June 9 at 5 PM. The Board of Education adopted a budget that is a 1.62% increase over this year’s budget, but we are looking at a 0% tax increase for the upcoming year. There is also a capital project referendum being proposed this year. This capital project can be completed without additional impact on tax payers. Go to our website at https://www.prattsburghcsd.org/domain/52 to check out information on the capital project. 

    Stay safe everyone!

     

    Kory Bay

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  • May 18, 2020

    Hello PCS families,

    As you already know, Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that New York school facilities will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year.  The Governor will make a decision about summer school by the end of May. As we look to the future, we must all think about what a return to school buildings might look like and how best to support students, families and staff.

    We all now have a chance for our voices to be heard at the state level.  Please consider participating in a statewide virtual conversation about reopening schools. You will be able to read and rate other participants' responses. Based on those ratings, the most important thoughts will be shared with the appropriate people. All thoughts are anonymous. 

    This is a statewide exchange facilitated by all the New York BOCES (Boards of Cooperative Educational Services). The exchange results will be shared with our elected officials so that they will have a more global understanding of the thoughts and ideas our community members have about returning to in-person schooling.

     

    I encourage everyone to use the link below to share your thoughts and help evaluate the critical issues.

     

    Thought Exchange Link: Thought Exchange

    Our BOCES is Greater Southern Tier (Schuyler-Steuben-Chemung-Tioga-Allegany)

     

    Thank you in advance for your participation,

     

    Kory Bay

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  • May 7, 2020 Update from Kory Bay, Superintendent

    Good morning PCS families and the PCS community,

    Since hearing the news last Friday that schools would be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, we have been making many alternate plans to end our school year on a positive note. Here are some updates that many of you will be interested in following in the coming days/weeks:

    We will be announcing valedictorian, salutatorian and the rest of the top seniors tomorrow, Friday, May 8


    We are meeting with seniors tomorrow to discuss ideas for graduation, and will be reaching out to parents as well
    Plans are coming together for how to honor our students since we will not be able to have our annual Scholastic Awards Banquet
    We will also be honoring our student-athletes since we will be missing our annual Athletic Awards Ceremony
    We are in the planning process for determining how to honor our PK students as they transition to the world of kindergarten – we are missing the ever-popular Little People’s Circus
     

    We are finishing up the 5th marking period, so I will continue to urge all students to remain engaged with their teachers so that they can earn course credit for the school year. Our students have been doing a fantastic job overall and we all want to see that continue!

    I want to make sure everyone understands the new process for our budget vote, board of education member election and the capital project referendum. On Friday evening, Governor Cuomo signed an executive order stating that this will all happen by ABSENTEE BALLOTS ONLY. There will be no in-person votes this year. Please know that we are doing our best to identify all qualified voters (a citizen of the United States; at least 18 years old; a resident of the school district for at least 30 days prior to the meeting) and will be mailing those ballots with a self-addressed stamped envelope. All absentee ballots must be returned by 5:00 PM on June 9, 2020. Please follow our website at www.prattsburghcsd.org for updates as they happen.

    Finally, please remember that this is teacher appreciation week. Our PCS teachers are second to none and I have been extremely impressed with how they have adapted to this “new normal”. Please feel free to reach out with an e-mail, a note, or a social media post thanking a teacher. I had a moment to reflect this week on my past teachers and I was able to reach out to one of my favorite teachers ever…Mrs. Schenck, my 4th grade teacher. She made a difference in my life and she didn’t even know it until I contacted her this week about 35 years after she was my teacher! 

    Please remember we are here to help so email pcsfamilies@prattsburghcsd.org or call 607-522-3795 with any questions or concerns. 

    Sincerely, 

    Kory Bay

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  • May 1, 2020

    Good afternoon families,

    We have just learned from the governor that schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year. Although this is not surprising, it is still a very tough thing to announce to our students and community.  The most important thing to remember is that the school is PHYSICALLY closed ONLY. We are all still here for students and families and our faculty and staff are all dedicated to ending the year as successfully as possible.

    I also want to remind everyone that we are now really getting to work on how to make the rest of the year as positive an experience as possible. Students still have the opportunity to achieve course credit, and we are thinking creatively about how to deal with the many student-centered activities we are so accustomed to attending in May and June here at PCS.

    We will continue to keep you updated on our alternate plans for all of these activities as they develop.

    I know I have stated it many times, but we are especially thinking of our seniors during this time of uncertainty and we can’t express how proud we are of all that they have accomplished. It is our mission to help make your last couple months meaningful. 

     

    Thank you again for your continued support and know that we are all learning something new every day with PCS students still our number one priority.

    Be well and stay safe.

    Sincerely,

    Kory Bay

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  • April 29, 2020 Parent Survey Results

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  • April 22, 2020

    Hello PCS families,

    Here is a link to a survey looking for your honest feedback. We would like to collect data from you and use that to make decisions going forward.

    Thank you for taking the time to fill out the survey!

    Phase II Survey

    Hope you are all well.

    Kory Bay

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  • April 20, 2020

    Please read the important information from Kory Bay, Superintendent

    April 20, 2020 Letter to Parents

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  • April 17, 2020

    Good morning PCS families,

    I am writing to provide some important updates and reminders:

    We are happy to announce that one of our outdoor access points is up and running! It is stationed in the front of the building and will flood the front parking lot. We are still in the process of getting the second one up and running, but it should be very soon.  Here is the log on information that you will need:
     

    The network that you need to join is called pcsguest and you WILL NOT need a password to join
    Once you join the network, the filtering box will pop up. PCS students will log into the filter using their username and password that they use in school. Anyone who is not a PCS student is also welcome to use the free wi-fi. Just use pcscom for username and pcscom for password.
     

    Just a reminder that we are still serving breakfast and lunch to anyone who needs it. We are serving out of the cafeteria from 7:30 – 10:30 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays and will also deliver if you need that service. Just simply call 522-3795 and leave a message with  how many students you are feeding and your address if you would like the meals delivered. Or you can e-mail us at pcsfamilies@prattsburghcsd.org with the same information. Even though we are serving those two days only, you will be provided meals for the entire week.
    With all students having computers at home, it can be a challenge to keep up with all of the maintenance, but we have a couple of suggestions for everyone that should help:
     

    It is very important to consistently update your computer, so we have created a tutorial for you that can be found by following this link:   Updating your computer   

        
    Remember that you can also call our hot-line at 522-3795 extension 9 to get help from Ray.
     

    We are well into Phase 2 of our educational plan, so continue to encourage your student(s) to engage with their teacher and complete the work assigned. Remind them to check e-mails consistently and remember that we are here to help if you need us. Call or e-mail and we will have someone reach out for any needs you have.
    Remember that we are all essential workers, so we are working at school and from home, so all of us are here to assist. We realize this can be a stressful time, so if you need assistance from Dr. Fleet or Mrs. Bristol, please know that they are available to help.
     

    Please remember your social distancing and stay home so we can all be safe and hopefully get back to school soon!

    Sincerely,

    Kory Bay

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  • April 15, 2020

    Follow the link below to see a Youtube video that helps explain COVID and why to do Social Distancing

    How to Explain COVID to your children

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  • April 10, 2020

    Hello again PCS families,

    Happy Good Friday!  I just wanted to pass along some information at the close of the week:

    Kudos to our IT department and our Principals, Mrs. Peck and Mrs. Kephart for getting almost all of our devices into the hands of students this week.  We are lucky to have such devoted people working at PCS!
    Thanks to our cafeteria staff for once again this week getting so many meals out to our families.
    Remember that we are heading into Phase 2 on Monday, April 13, so it is very important for students to engage in the learning provided by their teachers.  Now that Regents exams have been canceled, course credit becomes very important.
    Remind students to check their e-mails consistently…teachers are expected to reach out daily, so there will be emails in their inbox.
     

    As we have said over and over, we realize that this is not an easy time for families to juggle work and home instruction, but we need your help in order to get students as good an educational experience as possible. With that, know that you can ask for help by calling 522-3795 and leaving a message or e-mail us at pcsfamilies@prattsburghcsd.org Both are monitored continuously so we will respond as quickly as possible.

    Here is an article that is valuable for high school students especially, but the idea is applicable to all: This is NOT a Vacation. After all, this is not a vacation!

    Finally, and most importantly, everyone needs to continue to do their part to keep everyone safe. Keep your social distance, stay home and stay safe. I understand that students get stir crazy and want to hang out with friends, but it is getting increasingly more important to keep students home.  There have been documented cases of COVID-19 creeping closer and closer to us, so it really has to be the number one priority to stay home!!!

     

    Have a safe and happy Easter and enjoy your families.

    Sincerely,

    Kory Bay

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  • April 8, 2020

    Hello PCS families,

    As promised, I wanted to get out some updates that we discussed on Facebook on Monday. This is an ever changing situation, so it’s always good to get lots of information out to all of you.

    Here are some highlights of what has been happening:

    1. Governor Cuomo has declared schools closed until April 29
    2. We are officially entering Phase 2 of our distance learning plan on Monday, April 13.
    3. Regents exams have been officially canceled.  Here is what that means for students:

     

    1. Students who were preparing for a Regents exam or exams in June are now EXEMPT from taking those exams. For example, if a student is in 9th grade and was prepping for Living Environment and Algebra Regents exams, that student is now exempt from those exams.
    2. Since students are now exempt from Regents exams in June, they need to receive COURSE CREDIT in order to remain on track for meeting graduation requirements.

     

    What this all means to students is that it becomes extremely important that they engage in the learning that is provided by teachers.  This will give the school an avenue to grant course credit as we figure out grading and report cards.  According to the New York State Education Department, “…in the event that extended closure interferes with a school’s or a district’s ability to provide the full unit of study by the end of the school year, either in face-to-face instruction or through other methods, as long as the student has met the standards assessed in the provided coursework, the student shall be granted the diploma credit.”  In other words, participate in what the teacher is providing and show adequate progress and PCS can grant course credit!

    As always, please reach out with any issues that you are having and we are happy to help.

    Sincerely,

    Kory Bay

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  • April 1, 2020

    Hello again PCS families,

    I have just a few updates that I would like to share with all of you:

    Based on the most recent executive order from Governor Cuomo, schools have been informed that they are required to provide instruction and food over our scheduled Spring Break (April 6-10). So look for more information from our teachers, and food service will continue on the regular schedule next week.

    1. We are steadily collecting data based on the survey we sent out earlier in the week.  Thank you so much for completing the survey if you have already. If not, please do so by tomorrow, April 2. Here is the link once more: Internet Survey
    2. Encourage your child(ren) to check school e-mail as teachers will be reaching out with instructions or just to check in.

    Finally, thank you for supporting the school and your students during this unprecedented time.  We may be looking at an extended closure (beyond April 15), so it is very important to encourage students to engage in the tasks sent out by teachers.  We will be reaching out via telephone and other methods in order to support you during this time.

    Please feel free to call 522-3795 or e-mail pcsfamilies@prattsburghcsd.org with any questions or concerns.  Tell your kids we miss them!!

    Sincerely,

    Kory Bay

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  • Survey for Parents, March 30, 2020

    Good afternoon PCS families,

    As this closure moves on, I have some information that I would like to share with you regarding the direction that we are headed. 

    We had a virtual faculty meeting on Friday via Zoom where I was able to share information with teachers and other school employees. We made the decision that we need to get a handle on what type of connectivity our families have.

    I created this short survey that we would like to have everyone fill out. If you do not have the capability of filling this out, someone from the school will be calling you to collect this data:

    Pleaase click on link SURVEY

    We have the capability of sending computers home to all students in grades PK-12 and are working to make that happen by the end of this week (if you don’t already have a school-issued computer).

    Thank you very much for filling out the survey and remember to call or e-mail with any questions or concerns.

    I will be in touch as we get more information!

    Sincerely,

    Kory Bay

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  •  

    March 30, 2020

    Food Bank of the Southern Tier will be hosting a drive-thru community food distribution this coming Wednesday, April 1st, from 10am-12noon, at the Steuben County Fairgrounds (15 E. Washington St. Bath, NY 14810). This is a drive-thru distribution to limit person-to-person contact, and NO WALK UPS will be allowed.

    This is for STEUBEN COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY, and pre-registration is required; first come, first served.

    Registration just opened this morning (March 30th) at 8am. Register by following this LINK , or by calling: 1-833-4FBFOOD (1-833-432-3663).

    The Food Bank is continuing to work with partners to plan Community Food Distributions in each county. All distributions, partner pantries and meal sites are listed in the Food Finder on our website www.foodbankst.org/find-food

     

     

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  • Click on link below for:

    Updated News from NYS Education Department March, 23 2020

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  • Good afternoon PCS families,

    I was just notified by the Steuben County Health Department that the latest confirmed case of COVID-19 is from the town of Prattsburgh. You will no doubt see, or have already seen, a press release with this information.

    I spoke with representatives from the Health Department and they informed me that this person has not been in Steuben County in quite some time and he/she is now in Monroe County. Based on HIPAA regulations, they could not be very specific, but said that this person has not had direct contact with anyone in Prattsburgh.

    They recommended at this time to continue to practice good hand washing, stay home and use your responsible social spacing.

    Please continue to stay safe and let us know if you need anything or have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Kory Bay

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  • March 27, 2020

    Good afternoon PCS families,

    Just passing on the latest news as it becomes available:

    Just this morning, Governor Cuomo ordered that schools be closed until April 15th. Our teachers are working to develop plans to be prepared for an even longer closure, but that is the executive order at this point.


    Steuben County just ordered ALL schools to close down their buildings AND grounds. That means that athletic fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, etc. are now off limits to the public. We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause, but it is an order from the county to all schools so we have no choice.
     

    Look for more updates next week!

     

    Stay safe and reach out with questions or concerns.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Kory Bay

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  • March 21, 2020

    Hello again PCS families,

    I am reaching out with some updated guidance from the CDC and the Steuben County Health Department. They are stressing that food distribution HAS to be done with as little interaction between people as possible.

    Starting next week, we are requesting that folks who come to the school to pick up food DO NOT leave their vehicles.  Our servers will bring the food to you and will place the food in your vehicle while maintaining as close to the 6-foot social spacing recommendation as possible.  Food deliveries to homes will be left outside for you to grab once our driver leaves. Thank you very much for your understanding with these new processes…we can’t be too careful!

    SCHEDULE UPDATE FOR FOOD DISTRIBUTION – We will be open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday this week, and then Tuesdays and Thursdays ONLY beginning next week. Families will be provided enough meals for the entire week. We now need to be open Monday this week in order to make sure everyone gets all meals for the week.
     

    We miss seeing students every day, but Prattsburgh is a super strong community and we will all get through this together.

    Please e-mail or call with any questions or concerns.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Kory Bay

    Hello again PCS families,

     

     

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  • March 20, 2020

    Good morning PCS families,

    We hope everyone is hanging in there! We just want to remind everyone that you can still contact us by emailing us at pcsfamilies@prattsburghcsd.org or call us at 522-3795 and we will get back to you with the information you are looking for.

    We also want to remind students to continue to check email since teachers will continue to communicate with all of you.

    We do have one change in meal deliveries. In an effort to limit time workers are together, we will be delivering Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning next week. Families will continue to get enough meals for 5 full days, but will receive only 2 deliveries per week, the cafeteria will be open only Tuesdays and Thursdays. ***see note below

    ***We will have to open Monday next week drive thru and delivery for 1 day, then go to the cafeteria schedule of Tuesdays and Thursdays ONLY.

    Once again, please let us know if you have any questions or need anything.

     

    Please practice social distancing and be safe!

     

    Mr. Bay

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  • Click on link to read Letter From Superintendent, Kory Bay

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