Closure Updates

  • April 6, 2020The purpose of this letter is to provide updates from the Tonawanda City School District to the community about the Continuity of Learning Plan for the district during this period of extended school closure for student attendance.

    On Monday, March 30, 2020, we received the following guidance from the Governor and State Education Department (SED):

    “Districts must continue to provide remote instruction for students, meals for students, and child care for essential workers every weekday between April 1, 2020 and April 14, 2020, even if the district is scheduled to be on spring break during that time.”

    District administration and teachers have been working collaboratively to develop the next phase of our Continuity of Learning Plan.  The plan will include new learning that will be introduced online through Google Classroom, specifically for elementary students, beginning April 20, 2020, should schools be closed for student attendance by the Governor for a longer period of time.  In the meantime, elementary students will continue working on grade level assignments that have been sent by their teachers.  Middle/High School students will continue on with Google Classroom as their instructional tool.  Please continue to communicate with our teachers for support.

    As our district remains closed for student attendance, our planning and development of resources continue, in the event we are required to remain closed for additional time. 

    We will be providing an additional overview of the Continuity of Learning Plan in the near future.  Dates and times for any necessary resource pick-up will be shared via the district website. 

    Most importantly, we understand that this time is stressful and unprecedented.  Our staff is committed to supporting your children both academically and emotionally.  Please continue to communicate with your child's teacher.  Additionally, if you have a need you can directly connect with the Building Principals or myself via the emails below:

    Riverview Elementary, Claudia Panaro,

    Mullen Elementary, Diana Nigro,

    Fletcher Elementary, Michelle Siebert,

    Middle School, David Sellan,

    High School, Michael Brown,

    Assistant Superintendent ,Mary Beth Scullion,

    Thank you for your patience and continued support during this difficult time.  Please remember that we will remain flexible and supportive with all of our students and families.


    Tonawanda City School District continues to be committed to providing meals for our students during the school’s closure due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. The district will continue to offer free breakfast and lunch to all Tonawanda City resident students that are 18 years of age or younger. Please see highlighted revisions to the meal program due to student demand and staffing shortages.

    **REVISED pick up locations beginning MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2020:

    • Mullen Elementary School: No Change
    • Riverview Elementary School: No Change
    • Fletcher Elementary: CLOSED–Meal pick up at the MS/HS LOCATION (door #3)
    • Middle/High School: Pick-up will be at the main entrance near the parent drop off (door #3)

    Families will continue to pick-up lunch and breakfast for the following day based on the student's last name at the times listed below:

    • A-M: 10:00AM - 11:30AM
    • N-Z: 11:30AM - 1:00 PM

    **Thursday, April 9th ONLY – Meal distribution package will also include:

    • Breakfast: April 10th, 13th, and 14th
    • Lunch: April 9th, 10th, and 13th

    Tonawanda City Schools will be serving meals during the week of Spring Break.

    Regularly scheduled meal distribution will resume on Tuesday, April 14.

    We encourage families to continue to be proactive in reducing the risk of COVID-19 by not congregating at the school site once meals have been distributed, continue to wash your hands often, maintain social distancing recommendations and stay home if you are sick.


    If you have any questions or special circumstances, please email Donna Hill ( or by calling 716-694-7680.

    April 1, 2020 - Dear Tonawanda City School District Families,

    As parents/guardians, please know that our district employees are working hard every day to do the best we can for your children.  Please tell your children that we miss them and send our best wishes to them during this unusual and challenging time.  We eagerly look forward to the day that we will all be together as Warrior Nation again.

    Although none of us could have predicted the ramifications and requirements of this pandemic, we are doing our best each day to further our mission of education in these unprecedented times.  We were not fully prepared to transition to a distance-learning model in such a quick time period.  We understand that while some students are working independently on computers/devices, other students require parental assistance to engage in learning.  Parents and guardians need to know that you are not alone.  Continue to reach out to teachers, principals, and administrators for assistance.

    As we work to adjust and follow the requirements from our politicians and the NYS Department of Education, most of which change by the day – sometimes by the hour, we thank you for your support of your children and our district.  Our teachers are working hard to be creative, innovative, and attentive to delivering a continuity of instruction to the best of our ability.  It is not a perfect scenario or situation for any of us.  However, we make a difference in supporting the needs of all students TOGETHER.

    As a district, we share your anxiety, frustrations, and concerns both as educational professionals and as members in our own families.  By continuing to work together, we can make the most of our current educational setting for our students.  Remaining flexible to meet these changing challenges is most important.  We realize that everyone’s circumstances are different.  We know there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to what we are facing today.  Please know that you can reach out to your child’s teacher for support and guidance with instructional concerns.  Additionally, your building principal is available to address your inquiries and issues that you may be facing relating to our educational plan.  I promise that our staff will continue to do their best to support our students and are ready, willing, and able to assist you.

    Please know that our district has taken every precaution and recommendation as provided by the CDC, NYS Department of Health and Erie County Department of Health to protect our students, staff, buildings, and school community.  I would also like to take this opportunity to emphasize the importance of practicing recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions and maintaining our social distancing practices, which includes keeping your children away from gatherings of other children and adults for the time being.

    Please visit our website for information, resources, and further information regarding COVID19 as it becomes available. 

    On behalf of our entire school community, thank you for your understanding and flexibility, and stay safe Warriors.

    March 30, 2020Due to the COVID-19 virus, the Special Olympics organization has canceled all track and field events through the summer of 2020. Therefore, the event scheduled for May 16, 2020 is canceled. We look forward to hosting the event for the 2021 year. If you had an athlete participating, and you have a completed physical form, please turn it into the athlete's teacher when school resumes, as these forms are good for three years and therefore still valid. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Edgerton at 694-7684. Thank you!

    March 26, 2020 - Dear Tonawanda City School District Families,   
    Today, during the County Executive's press conference, it was announced that there were two positive cases of COVID19 in the City of Tonawanda.  After hearing this news, I spoke with Mayor Davis and put in a call to the Erie County Health Department to confirm the positive tests and they were able to do so.  

    The Health Department was not able to disclose any information about the persons who tested positive at this time.  It should be noted that the number of cases is increasing rapidly in Western New York.  It is expected that additional cases will be identified in our city in the near future. 
    While the district is working hard to effectively communicate with our families and community, I was not notified by the Erie County Department of Health in advance of their public notification earlier this afternoon.    Please know that our district has taken every precaution and recommendation as provided by the CDC, NYS Department of Health and Erie County Department of Health to protect our students, staff, buildings, and school community.  I would also like to take this opportunity to emphasize the importance of practicing recommended non-pharmaceutical interventions and maintaining our social distancing practices, which includes keeping your children away from gatherings of other children and adults for the time being. 
    Please visit our website for information, resources, and further information regarding COVID19 as it becomes available.  
    On behalf of our entire school community, we all wish these particular persons, and all who have tested positive for COVID19, a full recovery.   

    March 20, 2020 - In the interest of public safety, and in accordance with increasing mandates regarding social distancing and limiting personal contact regarding the Coronavirus, all school district playgrounds will be closed for use until further notice.  

    March 19, 2020 - Please visit our website for information on Daycare Opportunitites for Tonawanda City School District parents that serve as first responders and essential health care workers (as defined by the NYS Education Department).

    March 19, 2020 - Per the letter that was sent regarding the district's alternate food service plan, meals will only be provided on days when students would otherwise have been in school.  Please refer to the Alternate Feeding Plan Calendar on our website to view the dates of meal service.

    March 18, 2020 - Beginning at 3pm on Thursday, March 19, 2020, ALL Tonawanda School District buildings will be closed for public access until further notice.  Thursday at 3pm will be the final opportunity for members of the public to enter our buildings and retrieve items and conduct urgent business.  Some programs, such as meal service, will continue as scheduled.

    Should you have an emergency or urgent need to communicate or conduct business with the school, please contact your building principal.

    Our building principal email list is:

    • Mullen Elementary School: Diana Nigro, Principal;
    • Riverview Elementary School: Claudia Panaro, Principal;
    • Fletcher Elementary School: Michelle Siebert, Principal;
    • Middle School: Dave Sellan, Principal;
    • High School: Michael Brown, Principal;
    • Kindergarten Registration - 2020-21 school year: Amy Edgerton, Director;

    Thank you for your continued support and flexibility during these challenging times. We continue to work in fulfilling our mission of supporting, caring, and educating our students.

    March 16, 2020District updates on plans for COVID-19

    For information on the district's instructional plans, PLEASE CLICK HERE 

    For updates on the district's Alternate Food Service Plan, PLEASE CLICK HERE

    Please visit our website for further updates as they become available.

    March 15, 2020 - In accordance with the Erie County Executive recommendation that people avoid large gatherings of more than 50 people, all Erie County school districts will be closed until April 20, 2020.  During the week of the April 13th we will determine if the length of closure will be extended beyond April 20, 2020.   

    The Tonawanda City School District will be closed for student attendance until Monday, April 20, 2020 as a result of the evolving situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    Please continue to visit our website for more information and resources that will continue to be updated.

    March 15, 2020 - As ordered by the Erie County Executive, the Tonawanda City School District will be closed for student attendance, on Monday, March 16, 2020.  More details will be shared as they become available.

    March 12, 2020 - Based upon the guidance of the Erie County Health Commissioner, the Tonawanda City School District is cancelling all school-sponsored travel planned to destinations outside of Western New York (Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, and Alleghany counties) due to concerns related to COVID-19.  The ban on school-based travel applies to students and staff, is effective immediately, and will continue until further notice.  Those teachers, coaches and advisors whose travel is impacted will be notified directly by their principal.  Parents and students affected by these cancellations should contact their coach or trip advisor.

    Additionally, effective immediately and until further notice, we are suspending all Tonawanda City School District public gatherings that include more than 50 people.  A few examples of public gatherings of more than 50 people that will be suspended are concerts, musicals/plays, public forums, spectators attending sporting/school events, and other events/activities that involve members of the public utilizing our buildings and facilities.  This includes the fitness center located at the Middle/High School complex.

    Gatherings involved in the normal operations within our schools that include only our students and staff, such as assemblies, professional learning, student government meetings, etc. will continue as scheduled at this time.   

    Since there isn’t a vaccine for this virus, the best thing to do is to follow non-pharmaceutical interventions such as…

    •  Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
    •  Avoiding touching your eyes, nose & mouth with unwashed hands.
    •  Wash your hands often with soap & water for at least 20 seconds.
    •  Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol if soap & water are not available.
    •  Stay home when you are sick.
    •  Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    •  Clean & disinfect heavily used surfaces & objects on a frequent basis.

    Families are encouraged to follow the CDC’s information for travel.

    For more information, consider visiting our website and consulting these additional resources:         

          Erie County Department of Health - Coronavirus

          New York State Department of Health - Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

          CDC - Coronavirus (COVID-19) - frequently asked questions

          Prevention, treatment of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

    In addition, New York has established a Novel Coronavirus hotline, which can provide additional information.  Call 1-888-364-3065 with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms.  The district will continue to share information as it becomes available.

    The circumstances around this looming public health challenge are changing rapidly.  We will take action according to those circumstances, with the guidance of public health officials, in an effort to assure the safety of everyone who learns, works and visits in our schools.  Please know that the health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority.  We will remain vigilant in our efforts to help prevent the spread of this illness.

    March 3, 2020 - Please click HERE for a letter regarding district planning and preparedness for the concerns surrounding the Coronavirus.