Tuesday, April 20, 2021

EDF mailer and virtual meetings

Here is the updated postcard from EDF Renewables regarding the Ridge View solar project proposed for Hartland. There is a revision to the day/time of the virtual meetings that will provide updates and address concerns.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Vaccines available in Medina

Orleans Community Health would like Gasport area residents to know they have openings for first dose Moderna vaccines during their clinic at the Medina hospital on 4/20/21 from 1pm to 6pm for those 18 years old and older. Sign-up here:


Alayna Trautman featured in news

The Lockport US&J looks at Roy-Hart student Alayna Trautman who will be attending Alfred State College in the fall, studying in her chosen field of construction management:


Thursday, April 15, 2021

Solar project notice

Residents of the immediate area of a proposed solar project on Slayton Settlement and Day Roads (town of Lockport; Roy-Hart school district) have been receiving copies of this document in recent days in their mail boxes or paper boxes. 




Gun rights proposals

This week, both candidates for the Niagara County legislative district that serves Royalton and Hartland introduced gun rights plans.

Incumbent Mike Hill proposed a resolution to create a Gun Owner’s Rights Advisory Panel:


Derek Caldwell is pitching a case for the county to sue in pursuit of having portions of the New York SAFE Act overturned:


Underage driver takes out power poles in Gasport

Here's the story behind this past weekend's accident and power outage in Gasport:


7th and 8th graders to see a 4-day week soon

Seventh- and eighth-grade students in the Royalton-Hartland district will be going to school four days a week starting April 26, superintendent Hank Stopinski confirmed on Wednesday.



Brent Industries looking at $12.6 million expansion


Roy-Hart music program honored

The Royalton-Hartland school district has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation



Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Erie Canal Derby won't be held in 2021

Covid uncertainty and the potential for another state-ordered shutdown have forced Erie Canal fishing derby organizers to postpone the popular local summer event for a second straight year.


Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Covid testing available

From the Superintendent's Desk

Roy-Hart Community,

In an effort to continue to provide peace of mind and safety in our local schools and community, the District has teamed up with Niagara County Department of Health to provide free rapid COVID-19 testing on Sunday April 11 to residents. The Niagara County Department of Health wants to offer the community an opportunity to give themselves the peace of mind before sending their kids back to school or stepping back into their workplace after going on spring break. They have a limited number of spots available for pre-registration on Sunday (4/11) between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. the pre-registration link can be found here (https://apps2.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?DateID=BE743CA2E9440B4EE0530A6C7C16DFD2) and a registration “Fillable Paperwork” here (https://www.niagaracounty.com/Portals/4/Docs/COVID%20Test%20form_fillable%20Patient.pdf)

Please see the attached Updated Interim Travel Advisory (https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2021/04/update_interim_travel_advisory_april12021.pdf) for quarantine restrictions for travelers arriving in New York State following out-of-state travel. This guidance includes the following updates:
Quarantine and testing are no longer required for asymptomatic domestic travelers as of April 1, 2021
Quarantine, consistent with the CDC recommendations for international travel, is still recommended for domestic travelers who are not fully vaccinated or have not recovered from laboratory confirmed COVID-19 during the previous 3 months
Restrictions on international travel are established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
NYS Travel Form must continue to be filled out by all travelers

As always, please continue the use of masks, physical distancing and handwashing. Together, we can keep our schools open and continue to provide the instruction and services needed by our students.


Dr. Hank Stopinski

Superintendent of Schools


Hartland candidates kept off primary ballots

My mother Cheryl Confer and another candidate Margaret Zaepfel have been kept off the ballot in Hartland due to a ruling by the Niagara County Board of Elections: 


Thursday, March 25, 2021

Return to school plan

From the Superintendent's Desk

March 25, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

In an effort to meet the educational needs of our students, we will begin to implement changes in our learning plan beginning April 12, 2021. The following is a summary of our plan moving forward.

Grades Kindergarten through 6: Students will register for either a full-remote or in-person option that will take place Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The hybrid model will cease effective April 1 for grades Kindergarten through 6. In-person instruction will begin four days per week beginning April 12 in grades Kindergarten through 6.

Grades 7 and 8: We plan to return our seventh and eighth grade students as soon as practicable. The larger enrollment numbers at these grade levels require additional changes to be made. Students will remain in either the full-remote or hybrid model as is currently being offered. Synchronous and asynchronous learning will take place on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday for those students learning from home. Synchronous learning is when your child can log on for live instruction delivered by their classroom teachers, while asynchronous learning includes pre-recorded lessons, web links and other resources that students can access on their own schedule. Those students who may be in need of additional support are encouraged to contact the building principal. A registration form and update of our plan to return students grades seven and eight, will be shared as soon as possible.

Grades 9 through 12: Students will remain in either the full-remote or hybrid model as is currently being offered. Synchronous and asynchronous learning will take place on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday for those students learning from home. Students who may be in need of additional support are encouraged to contact the building principal.

What about Wednesday? Wednesday will remain an asynchronous learning day. Teachers will continue to maintain the services currently being provided. We will continue to evaluate whether we can increase instruction from four to five days per week and communicate with families as per any change.

Student Registration: Information provided by families is vital for the District to make important planning decisions for the return to in-person learning. For planning purposes we are asking families Kindergarten through Grade 6 to complete the registration by Monday, March 29 at 8am. This is the formal commitment process requiring input regarding the instructional model you will choose for your child(ren). If your child currently attends four days, we will still need this form completed.

Grades Kindergarten through 6 the registration link can be found on the District Website and is linked here. Please note we will be evaluating the success of these changes and make further adjustments as needed. Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding during this transition.


Dr. Hank Stopinski

Superintendent of Schools