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

Roy-Hart prepares full reopening plan

Royalton-Hartland district students in Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade may be coming back to school four days a week as early as mid-April.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Niagara County will OK school reopenings

Niagara County Legislature Chairman Becky Wydysh and Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton today said they are in favor of allowing school districts that can meet the new Center for Disease Control (CDC) criteria that calls for three feet of distance between students rather than six feet, to fully reopen, provided they continue to meet the other existing opening guidelines. They are waiting on further clarification from New York State if it is now the county’s decision to make.

“For the longest time during this pandemic, all directives came from Governor Cuomo with no discretion for local health departments,” said Wydysh. “That has been changing and if we can confirm that the decision to adopt the new CDC guidelines is our call, then we are going to greenlight school districts to move forward to reopen.”

Stapleton said he has received many phone calls from superintendents, parents and teachers asking about the change in social distance guidelines and what that means for fully opening schools.

“My answer has been consistent. We either need the state to adopt the new CDC guideline or clearly acknowledge it is now up to the local health departments to make that call,” said Stapleton. “In either of those scenarios, it’s full speed ahead. To be 100 percent clear, if the state says I have authority to adopt the CDC guidelines, I will do so immediately and school superintendents can begin preparing accordingly.”

Wydysh said she again asked the state for clarification on Friday and was told something would be coming out as soon as the beginning of this week.

“The CDC has finally made the decision that many parents have been waiting for,” said Wydysh. “There is no reason for New York State to drag their feet. We’ll be glad to make the decision for them here in Niagara County, just give us the authority.”

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Roy-Hart values


Superintendent's Message:

Dear School Community Members,

Over the past three months, our Strategic Planning Committee has been engaged in the process of developing a set of values that represent who we are as a Roy-Hart community. Surveys were gathered from over 225 people, over 125 people were involved in focus group conversations and the Planning Committee has met for multiple hours working to synthesize all of the feedback. On March 10, the Board of Education accepted the recommendations of the Planning Committee regarding the Vision, Mission and Values of the District moving forward. They include:

The Vision: The Royalton‐Hartland Central School District’s vision is to prepare students to reach their fullest potential by providing them with the resources, knowledge and skills they need to be respectful, accountable, motivated and successful in their chosen paths.

The Mission: Live the RAMS way, every day!

The Values: The RAMS Way includes our Roy-Hart Community being Respectful, Accountable, Motivated and Successful.

In the coming months, the District will be working to implement the new vision, mission and values in all that we do.

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 children.


Dr. Hank Stopinski

Superintendent of Schools

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Canal dates and hours 2021


Notice to Mariners

2021 Navigation Season

March 17, 2021

Mariners are advised that, conditions permitting, all portions of the New York State Canal System are scheduled to open Friday, May 21, 2021, at 7:00 a.m. for the 2021 navigation season. This proposed schedule of operations could be impacted by the COVID pandemic and/or the need to repair critical infrastructure. The public will be notified accordingly through the Notice to Mariners system if this occurs. There are no tolls or fees for recreational use of the Canal System in 2021.

The hours of operation for the 2021 season are as follows:

Standard hours of operation until navigation season closing date, October 13: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In addition to the schedule listed above, the following locks and lift bridges will operate on demand from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. until September 15:

Lock C-1, Halfmoon
Lock E-7, Niskayuna
Lock E-8, Rotterdam
Lock E-23, Brewerton
Lock O-1, Phoenix
Lock O-2, Fulton
Lock O-3, Fulton
Lock O-8, Oswego
Lock E-24, Baldwinsville
Main Street Lift Bridge, Fairport
Lock E-32, Pittsford
Lock E-33, Henrietta
Spencerport Lift Bridge
Adams Basin Lift Bridge
Park Avenue Lift Bridge, Brockport
Main Street Lift Bridge, Brockport
Holley Lift Bridge
Hulberton Lift Bridge
Ingersoll Street Lift Bridge, Albion
Main Street Lift Bridge, Albion
Eagle Harbor Lift Bridge
Knowlesville Lift Bridge
Medina Lift Bridge
Middleport Lift Bridge
Gasport Lift Bridge
Exchange Street Lift Bridge, Lockport
Lock E-34/35, Lockport
Lock CS-1, Cayuga
Lock CS-2/3, Seneca Falls
Lock CS-4, Waterloo

In addition to the schedule listed above, the following locks will operate on demand from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. until September 15:

Lock E-25, Mays Point
Lock E-26, Clyde
Lock E-27, Lyons
Lock E-28A, Lyons
Lock E-28B, Newark
Lock E-29, Palmyra
Lock E-30, Macedon

In addition to the structures listed above, Locks E-2 through E-6 and Guard Gate #2 in the Waterford Flight as well as Locks E-21 and E-22 will operate on demand from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. from Thursday through Monday from May 21 to September 15. During the same period, the hours of operation for the Waterford Flight will be 7:00 am to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Due to roving operations, some delays may be experienced during certain periods in the Waterford Flight.
Vessels will be admitted through structures if arriving prior to scheduled closing. Vessels arriving at Lock CS-2/3 in Seneca Falls or Lock E-34/35 in Lockport from either direction prior to scheduled closing will be admitted through both chambers. Vessels arriving westbound at Lock E-21 in New London or arriving eastbound at Lock E-22 in Verona prior to scheduled closing will be admitted through both locks. Vessels arriving southbound at Lock C-4 in Stillwater or arriving northbound at Lock C-3 in Mechanicville prior to scheduled closing will be admitted through both locks. Vessels arriving at the Waterford Flight from either direction prior to scheduled closing will be admitted through the entire Flight.

Guns n Grub: May 1st


Saturday, March 13, 2021

Message from Dr. Stopinski

From the Superintendent's Desk

Dear School Community Members,

This past week, the Royalton-Hartland Central School District had the opportunity to listen to the comments and concerns of several community members regarding the reopening of our schools to in-person learning. The need to improve communication is clear.

On Tuesday, March 16, the Administration and Board of Education will be hosting a “Town Hall” at 6:00 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. Our plan is to provide clarification on how the District is responding to the needs of our students, staff and community.

A School Reopening Family Information Survey is posted on our website that will help our decision making in the event we are permitted to return to in-person learning with less than six foot distancing. I encourage all families to complete the survey for each of your children at your earliest convenience.

As you are aware, over the past year our District has worked to provide a safe learning environment for our children, staff and school community. We have worked diligently to interpret and adhere to numerous Executive Orders from the Governor’s Office. More often than not, these Executive Orders required the New York State Department of Education and the New York State Department of Health to provide guidance and regulation. For the past year, I have met weekly with our regional Superintendents, BOCES District Superintendent and the Niagara County Department of Health to help interpret these orders and regulations. We have done our best in Roy-Hart to coordinate a regional approach where possible.

The Board of Education and I continue to advocate for a return to in-person learning. The New York State Council of School Superintendents, New York State School Boards Association, Erie Niagara School Superintendents Association, Niagara/Orleans School Boards Association and the Royalton-Hartland School Board of Education have sent letters and communicated with the Governor’s Office to provide leadership in allowing our students to return to a full in-person model. We have copied our State and local elected officials, New York State Department of Health and Education Commissioners, and County Department of Health Commissioners.

It is my commitment to the students and families of the Royalton-Hartland Central School District to return to a full in-person model as soon as it is deemed safe and is practicable. I ask that you continue to express both your concerns and where you think things are working well. More importantly, I ask that you please share with your building Principals any and all needs that your children may have.


Dr. Hank Stopinski
Superintendent of Schools


Thursday, March 11, 2021

Child is found

"The Niagara County Sheriff's Office would like to Thank everyone for all of your assistance, the child from the Gasport area has been located!"

Gasport boy missing


March 10th BOE meeting

Here's the video of last night's Board of Education meeting:

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

A note from the town of Hartland

The Town of Hartland Recreation Committee would like to announce that there will be a Rec. Program planned for the Summer 2021. The Rec. Group under the direction of Keith Bond will meet in the Town Park Monday - Thursday from 9 am to Noon. Sign up will be required. This years program is planned to run from Monday July 5th - Thursday August 12th. Further information will be posted.

The Town Pavilions will be open this year with advance reservation only. The reservation fee will be $50.00 and is available to town residents. To reserve a pavilion please call the Town Clerks office at 735-7179.

Booking for Baseball, Softball and Soccer fields are available for this years season of play. For those who would like to play under the lights, the lighting fee remains the same @ $20.00 per field per game. Please contact Recreation Committee members Darin O'Shea @ 716-622-0513 or Audrey Jones @ 716-257-8110 to schedule your team.

The Historical Society will be opening the Snack Shack this year during scheduled games upon request.

The Splash Pad will be open this year as well with dates and times to be announced depending the weather.

We look forward to seeing everyone again this year at the Park. If you have any questions please feel free to call The Town Clerk's office.

Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy, Warm and Active summer.

Friday, March 5, 2021

RH Class of 2022 fundraiser

Are you ready for Spring? The RH Junior Class of 2022 is offering a Spring Bulb Flower Fundraiser to purchase your springtime favorites - Lily, Hyacinth, Tulip, Daffodils and more!

Sponsored by Medina's Creekside Floral, bulbs will come with a 3"-5" growth start on March 29, 2021. If you are interested in supporting the Junior Class of 2022, please reach out to Mrs. Zglinicki ( or Mr. Sweeney (!

Orders Due: March 12, 2021

Checks Made Payable To: RH Student Activities