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A Note About the Coming Weeks from the Dana West Jr.-Sr. High School

As multiple states of emergency compel schools districts across the country to suspend in-school curriculum and activites in the coming weeks, we thought it best to compile some of the information we have at the present as we embark upon this new distance learning initiative.  

Dear Parents and Students,

Closing schools for an extended period of time creates several obstacles for our students and their families. But, due to how rapidly the coronavirus has spread throughout the world, the decision to close was necessary. We have been working incredibly hard for the past couple of weeks to help students continue their education as best we can. In addition, we have been working on ways to help meet students’ other needs as well.

Continuing Instruction:

All teachers have created online learning platforms through Google Classroom. Google Classroom allows teachers to create individual classes, post assignments, and view/assess student work after it has been submitted in real-time. All students in the Jr.-Sr. high school are familiar with how classroom works.

Students should also join the Dana L. West Jr.-Sr. High School Google Classroom. They will find regular announcements/helpful information from school administrators, the nurse’s office, and instructional support team on that site. The code for joining the Google Classroom is gl4oweu: Only students with Port Byron emails can initially join the classroom. If you have other technology related issues, please email

Materials and Personal Belongings:

Students will be allowed into the building on Monday, March 16 to grab personal items and school materials from their classrooms or lockers.


Medication will be available to be picked up from the nurse’s office on Monday, March 16. Prescription medication cannot be handed over to a student. Please call to make alternate arrangements if you are unable to get to the building on Monday.

Social Emotional Support:

Many of our students receive supports from different adults throughout the school day. If a student needs to speak with their counselor, they can reach out to them by email. If a student not sure who to contact, they can send an email to

We will continue to work through obstacles as they arise. The best way to solve problems is through open lines of communication. Please reach out to me at with any questions or concerns. Thank you in advance for your support.

Be safe,

Mike Jorgensen
Dana L. West Jr.-Sr. High School

Superintendent: Neil O'Brien
Phone: 315.776.5728
Fax: 315.776.4050
Address: 30 Maple Avenue
Port Byron, New York 13140