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  • UPDATE 5/18/20 8:30 AM - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - Jamestown Public Schools’ last day of school will be Wednesday, June 10th, except Ring Elementary School, which had to close for a day in February due to cleaning from a broken drainpipe. Ring Elementary School’s last day of school will be Thursday, June 11th.

    Each school principal will notify students and families about end of year close out procedures including the return of school property such as textbooks, calculators, library books, novels and athletic uniforms. Principals will also share information about procedures to collect students’ belongings in lockers or classrooms.
    If you have any questions on school closure procedures for your child’s school, please contact your school principal for more information.

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    As we develop a reopening plan for the coming school year, we invite district staff, parents, and community to share your ideas, suggestions, and concerns so that the reopening plan reflects the needs of our school family.

    What are the most important things our school district needs to consider as we develop a plan to reopen our schools next year?

    Please take a few minutes to respond to this Thoughtexchange question, and return often to rate the thoughts and ideas shared by others. Your ratings will help us to understand what is most important to you as we consider reopening our schools next fall. The exchange will close on Wednesday, May 27.

    Thoughtexchange for District Staff

    Thoughtexchange for Parents & Community

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    The Jamestown Public School district recognizes the importance of internet access to all of our student households. As a result of the widespread economic need in our community, all Jamestown schools participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the National School Lunch Program. Because of our participation in CEP, JPS student households may qualify for a substantially discounted rate for internet access as part of the Spectrum Internet Assist Program.

    Spectrum Internet Assist provides qualifying households a high speed internet modem for $14.99/month, with the option to add in-home WiFi service for $5/month. This offer is available to new subscribers and those registered for 60 days of free internet.
    To apply for the Spectrum Internet Assist program:
    1. Download and print the Letter of Eligibility from the Jamestown Schools.
    2. Download and complete the application, also available in Spanish.
    3. Send your application and letter of eligibility to, or
      mail to:
      Spectrum Internet Assist Program – OCS
      4145 S. Falkenburg Road
      Riverview, Florida 33578
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    As announced today by Governor Andrew Cuomo, all New York State schools and colleges will remain closed through the end of the current school year. Remote learning, childcare for essential workers and school meals will continue to be provided during this time.

    As we shared with you last week, our district administration anticipated this outcome and enacted our Continuing Instruction Plan to ensure that remote learning will continue through the end of the school year. While our school buildings may be closed, learning is still in session for all students in the Jamestown Public Schools. We will also continue to provide childcare for essential workers through our community partners and school meals from our JPS Food Service Department.

    The district understands that there may be additional questions about the closure of our school buildings through the end of the school year. Please continue to visit our website for the latest news and ways to contact us, and send your questions to

    Please stay safe and healthy and know that we are here to help.

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  • 4/24/20 3 PM Virtual College Tours - JCC’s Liberty Partnership Program is offering JHS students the opportunity to take virtual college tours. Tours planned for next week are:  SUNY Genesso on Tuesday April 28th at 11 a.m. and Allegheny College on Thursday, April 30th at 11 a.m. Please email for more information on how to join the Zoom tours.

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    On Friday, April 24th at 1 p.m. Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, in collaboration with the Liberty Partnership Program and JCC, will hold a session for JHS seniors to discuss scholarships and the application process. For more information on how to join the session, please email

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    In collaboration with JCC, the Liberty Partnership Program has two virtual college visits planned for JHS students next week. Tuesday, April 21st at 11 a.m. to Mercyhurst College and Thursday, April 23rd at 11 a.m. to Daemen College. For more information on how to attend, please contact

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    All Jamestown Public School buildings will remain closed through May 15th per the Governor’s latest directive today. Remote learning will continue during this time.

    Our district staff is currently developing a plan to continue support for learning at home through May 15 and potentially for the remainder of the school year. The plan will be presented to the community on April 21.

    We understand that there are many questions and concerns about the uncertain future and we are working very hard to provide answers. Our staff will be with you every step of the way to ensure that our children continue to receive the education, childcare and school meals that are needed during this time.

    Please continue to visit our website for the latest news and ways to contact us. Please stay safe and healthy and know that we are here to help.

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    A good resource for parents and families is, which is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense by grade level. There are learning opportunities in subject areas such as science and the arts, but also for life skills, emotional well-being, English language learners, special needs students and virtual field trips.

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  • 4/13/2020 10:00 AM - VIRTUAL COLLEGE VISITS

    In collaboration with Jamestown Community College, the Liberty Partnership Program has arranged virtual sessions with nearby colleges so that interested students can obtain information, ask questions and participate in a virtual tour of the campus.

    Sessions are scheduled as follows:
          Tuesday, April 14, 11:00 a.m. - Niagara County Community College
          Wednesday, April 15, 11:00 a.m. - Penn State Behrend
          Thursday, April 16, 11:00 a.m. - Gannon University
          Tuesday, April 21, 11:00 a.m. - Mercyhurst College

    For more information, please contact

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  • 4/9/2020 2:15 PM - AP EXAM PREPARATION

    Are you a student preparing to take an AP exam this spring? The College Board has provided FREE online exam preparation materials and instructional videos. If you do not have access to a computer or internet to take your exam online, you can submit a request to the College Board for help. For more information, visit

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  • 4/9/2020 2:00 PM - SPRING BREAK

    Per the directive from the NYS Department of Education, JPS must continue to provide remote instruction, meals and child care each weekday through April 29. JPS will continue these services even while the district is scheduled to be on spring break. If you have any questions, please email

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  • 4/9/2020 12:00 PM - EXTENDED SCHOOL CLOSURE

    As previously announced, our schools will remain closed through April 29 per the Governor’s latest directive. In the event that our schools must be closed past that date, our district staff is developing a plan to continue support for learning at home. We expect to finalize this plan by April 21, and will share details on how families can receive additional learning materials.

    We understand that there are many questions and concerns about the uncertain future and we are working very hard to provide answers. Our staff will be with you every step of the way to ensure that our children continue to receive the education, childcare and school meals that are needed during this time.

    Please continue to visit our website for the latest news and ways to contact us. Please stay safe and healthy and know that we are here to help.

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  • 4/7/2020 1:15 PM - REGENTS EXAM EXEMPTION

    The New York State Education Department officially announced today that June 2020 Regents exams are canceled. The guidance provided to school districts includes the following:

    • Students currently in grades 7-12 who would have been scheduled to take a Regents exam in June 2020 may be exempt, meaning that they will not need to take the exam in order to graduate.
    • In order to be eligible for an exemption, the student must currently be enrolled in a course leading to the Regents exam and must either receive credit for the course by the end of the current school year or through credit recovery by completing summer school in 2020.
    • The exemption also applies to exams required for an Advanced Regents diploma, such as Geometry, Algebra II, Chemistry, and Physics.

    For more information about the June 2020 Regents exam exemption, please see the following guidance document:

    For specific questions about how this exemption may impact an individual student's eligibility for a diploma, please reach out directly to your school counselor.

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    JPS Superintendent Dr. Bret Apthorpe will hold another Facebook Live Q & A event on JPS Facebook page at for students and parents on Thursday, April 9th at 10 a.m. Please join in the conversation to ask questions.

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    New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa unofficially announced on Monday, April 6 that Regents exams will be canceled this June. Rosa said more details and guidance for schools will be provided on Tuesday, April 7. We will post updated information as soon as we receive this guidance.

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  • 4/6/2020 12:30 PM - SCHOOL CLOSURE EXTENDED

    As announced today by Governor Cuomo, schools are anticipated to remain closed until April 29 in order to continue social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to support learning at home, school meals, and child care during this time. More information will follow as soon as it becomes available.

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  • 4/6/2020 12:00 PM - VIRTUAL COLLEGE VISITS

    In collaboration with Jamestown Community College, the Liberty Partnership Program has arranged virtual sessions with nearby colleges so that interested students can obtain information, ask questions and participate in a virtual tour of the campus.

    Sessions are scheduled as follows:
          Tuesday, April 7, 11:00 a.m. - St. Bonaventure
          Thursday, April 9, 11:00 a.m. - Jamestown Community College

    For more information, please contact

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  • 4/4/20 6:00 PM - BOARD MEETING APRIL 7

    The next meeting of the Jamestown Board of Education will be held Tuesday, April 7 by video conference. The meeting will be broadcast live at beginning at 6:00 p.m. Public comments may be submitted by 12:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting to

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  • 4/2/2020 2:00 PM - FREE WIFI

    Charter Communications is offering free Spectrum Wi-Fi for 60 days to homes with students who do not already have an internet subscription. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. For more information call 1-844-488-8395 or visit Charter Communications.

    Students are also able to connect to school district WiFi access points in areas of the parking lot close to each school building. Only school-issued devices will be able to connect to the district network. Students may use these access points to check e-mail, visit Google Classroom and download documents to work offline at home. Please park near the building for the best connection and remain in your vehicle to maintain social distancing.

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  • 4/2/2020 11 AM - JPS Budget Vote & Board of Education Elections Postponed

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, New York State school budget votes and school board elections have been postponed until June 1, 2020. More information will be released about JPS school budget vote and school board elections as it becomes available.

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  • 4/1/20 3:30 PM - FAMILY RESOURCES 

    As families adapt to changes in daily life caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be difficult to keep children occupied and feeling safe while also supporting learning at home. During this time, children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. JPS has created a "Family Resources" page, which contains a few tips and resources that families can use to help children to understand and adjust to changes in routine as we try to keep our community safe and well, at

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  • 3/31/2020 12:45 PM - CRISIS HOTLINE

    During this time of stress and uncertainty, members of our school community may find themselves in need of crisis counseling and support. If you or someone you know needs immediate help, the Chautauqua County Crisis Hotline provides crisis intervention and supportive counseling, 24 hours a day. Call 1-800-724-0461.

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  • 3/31/2020 12:30 PM - PLAYGROUNDS CLOSED

    In partnership with the City of Jamestown, JPS will be closing all school playgrounds and basketball courts to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 in our community. Meal pick-up will continue at all middle schools and JHS, and any school can be called for help students or families might need during this time. Only our school playgrounds and courts are closed.

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  • 3/30/2020 12:30 PM - SCHOOL MEALS APRIL 10-19

    Many have asked whether school meals will continue to be available April 10-19, when schools were originally scheduled for spring break. We are glad to be able to provide grab-and-go meals during this time. Meals can be picked up at all three middle schools and JHS between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. as follows:

    Thursday, April 9 - Meals for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    Monday, April 13 - Thursday, April 16 - Meal pick up daily
    Friday, April 17 - Meals for Friday, Saturday, Sunday

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  • 30/03/2020 12:00 PM - FACEBOOK EN VIVO ESPAÑOL

    ¿Hablas español? Únase a nosotros en Facebook en Vivo este miércoles 1 de abril a la 1:00 p.m. El Dr. Bret Apthorpe compartirá actualizaciones y responderá preguntas de estudiantes y familias con traducción al español de la Sra. Connie Foster. Esperamos verte en

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    The Jamestown Schools PROMISE Fund recently held an athletic equipment drive. As there are still a few items left from the drive, the athletic department is distributing these items on Monday for student use during the school closure. The equipment will be given out during the school meal pick up times (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) at Jefferson, Persell and Washington Middle Schools and Jamestown High School. Please be aware that there is a limited supply of equipment for distribution and it will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. 

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  • 3/26/20 9:03 AM - FAQs - During JPS Superintendent Apthorpe's Facebook Live, the community asked a few common, frequently asked questions. We have a dedicated place to answer those questions at If you have a question and do not see it on the FAQ page, please email

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  • 3/25/20 2:45 PM - COMMUNITY RESOURCES

    We understand that during this time of uncertainty, families may be in need of additional services and supports beyond those that the district can provide. JPS is proud to partner with many community service organizations who can help families who may need assistance with food and basic needs, housing, health care, mental health, government services, and more.The district has begun a “Community Resources” page to help our JPS families. Please visit to find more information.

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    JPS Superintendent Dr. Bret Apthorpe will hold another Facebook Live Q & A event on JPS Facebook page at for students on Friday, March 27th at 10 a.m. and for parents on Saturday, March 28th at 9 a.m. Please join in the conversation to ask questions.

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    In addition to daily "Grab and Go" meals at all three middle schools & JHS from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., meals will also be provided for Saturday and Sunday during the Friday pick up times. As three meals will be given out on Fridays, please send more than one person, or bring large shopping bags, if you are picking up several meals for your family. Weekly menus are posted at

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    JPS Students & Families: If your teachers are using Google Classroom to support your learning at home, please remember to visit your classroom daily for updated messages and information from your teachers! Need to contact a teacher? Visit

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  • 3/23/2020 12:00 PM - CHILD CARE SURVEY

    As we continue our efforts to serve children and families, we understand that there may be childcare needs beyond what our district can provide. Childcare needs may be changing, especially for those who provide essential services such as Healthcare, Child Welfare, First Responders, Food Manufactures, Transportation, Construction and Manufacturing, and Non-Profit and Social Service Agencies. Financial assistance will be made available to families who are considered essential to the health and safety of the community.

    In order to fully assess the child care needs of our families, the Chautauqua County Child Care Council is asking families who may need childcare to complete the following survey: 

    Child Care Survey

    Families who are considered essential workers and cannot be excused from work are encouraged to contact the Child Care Council Resource and Referral Specialist who can assist with finding child care beyond that which the district can provide. You may reach out to the Child Care Council for any child care needs at 1-800-424-4532 or

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  • 3/23/2020 9:30 AM - REMIND

    Our teachers use Remind to exchange messages with parents and students about lessons and resources for continued learning at home. If you aren't receiving Remind messages, you may need to create an account or update your contact information. Please visit How to Join Remind for instructions.

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  • 3/20/2020 4:00 PM - STATE ASSESSMENTS

    Many students and parents have asked whether end of year assessments will be impacted by the extended closure of our schools. We have just learned that NYS has canceled all 2019-20 state assessments, including:

    • ELA, Grades 3-8
    • Math, Grades 3-8
    • Science, Grades 4 & 8
    • NYSAA

    We do not yet know whether Regents exams will be canceled.

    We have also learned that AP exams will be offered online. CLICK HERE for more information.

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    JPS Superintendent Dr. Bret Apthorpe will be live on Facebook answering questions from the JPS community. He will host a Q & A for JPS students at 10 a.m. tomorrow (March 20) & for parents & families on Saturday, March 21 at 9 a.m. Please join the conversation to have your questions answered at JPS Facebook Page!

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  • 3/19/2020 10:00 AM - SOCIAL DISTANCING

    As families visit our schools for grab-and-go meals and childcare, we ask everyone to be mindful of the importance of social distancing to limit potential exposure to the coronavirus disease.

    When you arrive to pick up school meals, here are a few things to remember:

    • Please keep a distance of about six-feet between yourself and others.
    • All grab-and-go meals will be placed on a table for families to take away.
    • Only one family member should exit their car and walk up to the pick-up table.
    • School Resource Officers and staff will be present to maintain the flow of car and foot traffic at meal distribution sites.

    Thank you for helping us to keep our community healthy and safe!

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    Our Jamestown community childcare program still has many spaces available! Priority will be given to parents who work in healthcare, public safety, and first responders. If you have a child age 3 to 11 and are in need of childcare, please reach out to  or call 716-203-1539 for information.
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    Registration for prekindergarten to 5th grade childcare is now open at Fletcher and Ring Elementary School until 3 p.m. today. Please bring verification of employment and work schedule with you to the registration. #jpsny

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  • 3/17/2020 2:30 PM - 211 WNY

    We know this is an anxious time for many of our families. 211 WNY is a free & confidential link to health & human services in the area. Just dial, 211, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for help with mental health, housing, food & many other topics.

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  • 3/17/2020 12:00 PM - LEARNING AT HOME

    While classes are canceled at JPS, we will provide a variety of resources to support students' continued learning at home. In addition to the assignments and learning materials provided by your child’s school, we have also gathered a variety of resources and activities that you may use to supplement your child’s learning.

    To access these resources, please visit If you have questions about supporting your child's learning at home, please send an email to 

    We appreciate the collective efforts of our families and staff to ensure continued learning for our children.

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  • 3/17/2020 10:30 AM - CHILDCARE
    There are still openings for childcare! Email to request a registration form in advance or attend the in-person registration tomorrow at Fletcher or Ring schools from 8 AM to 3 PM.
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  • 3/16/2020 2:30 PM - CHILDCARE

    While classes are canceled for Jamestown Public School students, we understand the importance of childcare for working families. Beginning Thursday, March 19, our community partners will be able to provide limited childcare for Jamestown Public School students whose parents cannot be excused from work at this time.

    Childcare services will be provided five days a week beginning this Thursday from  7:30 AM to 5:00 PM at the following locations:

    • For any JPS student in grades K-5, childcare will be provided at Ring by the YMCA and Fletcher by the YWCA.
    • For any JPS student ages 3 and 4, childcare will be provided by the YWCA, A Children’s Place, and Chautauqua Opportunities.

    Breakfast and lunch will be provided by the Jamestown Public Schools.

    Interested parents must register in person on Wednesday, March 18, by visiting Fletcher Elementary School or Ring Elementary School between the hours of 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Please bring verification of employment and work schedule with you to the registration.

    If you have questions about the availability of childcare or would like to request a registration form in advance, please send an email to

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  • 3/16/2020 1:45 PM - SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

    As a reminder, when classes are canceled due to the closing of a school, all sports, clubs, and other extracurricular activities are canceled. We regret that this also impacts our school musicals. We will update you if these events can be rescheduled.

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  • 3/16/2020 12:00 PM - LEARNING AT HOME

    While classes are canceled at the Jamestown Public Schools, we will provide a variety of resources to support your child’s continued learning at home.

    Elementary School students will be provided weekly learning packets, prepared by your child’s teacher. Learning packets may be picked up from your child’s school during regular school hours. Your child’s school will contact you with additional information.

    Middle School students will be able to access learning resources using their iPads. Your child’s school will contact you once iPads are available for distribution so that you can make arrangements to pick up an iPad for your child to continue learning at home.

    High School students may be issued a Chromebook or iPad to be used at home to complete assignments provided by the teacher. Devices will be loaned to students who need them based on availability and course enrollment. Please stand by for additional information from Jamestown High  School.

    Additional resources for learning at home will soon be released on our website. More information will be coming soon.

    If you or your child has difficulty obtaining learning materials to be used at home, please contact your child's school for assistance.

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  • 3/16/2020 11:15 AM - SCHOOL MEALS

    Beginning tomorrow, students may receive lunch along with breakfast for the following day.

    Students may pick up grab-and-go school meals at the following locations:

    • Washington Middle School
    • Jefferson Middle School
    • Persell Middle School
    • Jamestown High School.

    Meals will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the drop off zones at the middle schools and at the pool doors location at JHS. We recommend that you visit the pick-up location closest to your home.

    If you are having difficulty picking up meals, please call your school’s main office.

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