Welcome Back to School!

Welcome Back! From Mr. McQueer

Hello Everyone,

I hope all is well with you and your families.  These have been busy and stressful times for all.  Our crew is working diligently to have the school ready to go for September 8th.  They have been busy moving classrooms around to meet the social distancing requirements.  Unnecessary materials have been stored and/or removed from the rooms and building to expedite cleaning.  

Our number one concern is the student’s safety.  We will do all we can to make the school a safe and enjoyable area for your children to learn.  Most classrooms will only have twelve or fewer students placed in them at any one time.  Student movement throughout the building will be limited. 

On our website we have a COVID tab.  It is in the top right corner.  We have placed all COVID related materials, letters and resources here.

We will be serving breakfast and lunch in school Tuesday-Friday.  Meals will be available for days the students are remote.  Please check out the parent letter about meal options on the website.  We have included a meal request form for you to fill out and send back to us.

Grades K-8 will have meals in their rooms.  Custodians will be around after each meal to remove the garbage.  Grades 9-12 will eat in the cafeteria on the days they are here.  In the cafeteria, we have set up student desks to meet social distancing requirements.  A form is going out to the parents for them to sign up for remote meals.

The number of students allowed on the bus will be reduced according to the safety guidelines.  All students must wear masks while on the school bus.  We will be loading the bus from the back to the front and unloading from the front to the back.  Students in the same family will be seated together.

With these changes, bus routes will be different than last year.  We will try to limit the changes as much as possible.  All families will be contacted and given the approximate pick up and drop off time.  Please allow up to eight (8) minutes before and after given time on the first day.  After the first day, you will have a more accurate time.

Walkers will enter the building through the front door by the office.  Students who enter the building before school starts will proceed to the cafeteria and sit at a desk until school starts.

Monday will be a remote day for all students.  Grades K-8 will attend Tuesday - Friday.  Grades 9 and 10 will attend school on Wednesday and Friday while having remote learning on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.  Grades 11 and 12 will attend school on Tuesday and Thursday while having remote learning on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

At the beginning of the school year until further notice we will be dismissing school at 2:24.

There will be many changes from the norm.  All changes help your child(ren) to be safe while at school and to be compliant with the State Education Department (SED), Department of Health (DOH) and St. Lawrence County Public Health (SLCPH).  I am sure with everyone’s help and cooperation we will have a safe and successful year.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns:


315-324-5931 ext. 21002

Douglas H. McQueer
Superintendent of Schools/Athletic Director


Welcome back to school!  From Mrs. Towne


This statement has so much more meaning than it ever has before.   Although we are eager to have students return to classrooms and fill a building that has stood empty for far too long, we recognize that this return comes with some apprehension.


I want to extend a sincere thank you to all of our parents for their insight, their encouragement and their patience as we continue to work through the many obstacles that COVID-19 has presented us with.


Please know that HCS continues to prepare each day to ensure a reopening that puts the well being of our students and staff first. Our faculty and staff have put in a Herculean effort to get ready to address the academic, social emotional, and health and safety needs of our students.


This school year is certainly one that will be unique in many ways.  It will be a year that presents challenges for parents, students and educators alike.  If there is one thing I’ve learned since coming to Hammond Central it is this;  we rise to the challenge, we count on each other and we persevere.  


As I look toward the year ahead, I am both hopeful and determined to do what is necessary to support our students and their families.  Please feel free to contact me at 315-324-5931 or ktowne@hammondk12.org.


Once again, welcome back!  Let’s make it another great year at HCS together!



Kristin Towne