Update October 16 - 23, 2020

October 16 – October 23, 2020

Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff and Students:

Welcome back Blue Group and Gold Group to Maple Avenue Elementary! The Niagara County Health Department approved opening the school on Monday, October 19, 2020 as all quarantines for COVID-19 had expired. Our thoughts and prayers have been with the individuals who tested positive and their families; they complied beautifully with the District’s procedures for positive cases. We are excited to have the Maple Blue Group and the Gold Group return to in-person learning twice a week.

As promised, I am keeping the lines of communication open. The outstanding Niagara Falls School District (NFCSD) staff and I have been answering your questions and addressing your concerns as quickly as we can. We have been back in school for about six weeks as of this writing, and we are keeping with our philosophy to take things slowly as we return to school in a way that we never have before. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

I realize that there have been a few glitches with technology and laptops. In response, the District IT Department, under the outstanding leadership of Ray Granieri, has set up technology repair days on Wednesdays. Please consult our website and COVID-19 page, website calendar, Facebook and my daily YouTube and autodialer calls for all of the details regarding times and locations.

Students are to be commended for complying with face covers and social distancing. They really have been doing well keeping their masks on except during mask breaks and while eating. Good job!

Let’s stay positive and continue to work together as we keep rolling out this most unusual school year.


Mark Laurrie,

Superintendent of Schools