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District Announcements
SchoolTool Parent Portal

REMINDER:  The Oneida City School District uses SchoolTool as its Student Data Management System.  A component of this system is a secure, web-based portal for accessing student’s grades, attendance and other information. The District will be providing parents and guardians of students in grades 4-12 access to information in SchoolTool through the Parent Portal as a way of encouraging participation in a child’s education and improving communication between students, parents/guardians, and District Staff. 

Please click here to find the Parent Portal Access Request Form. You will need to complete only one form for your family. For more information about Parent Portal access please email- ocsdparentportal@oneidacsd.org.
 



End of School Year Schedule Changes
Click here to access the updated schedule for the last few weeks of school.
School Announcements
Holocaust Picture Book Winners

Our Holocaust Picture Book Winners 2015.  Congratulations!
Physicals
Physicals will be given on May 18th and 19th 2015 here at the Middle School by Dr. George MD if you choose to take advantage. They are free of charge and will cover all students for sports through next year. Please note that all 7th grade students are required to have a current physical. 
OSMS Mother's Day Hanging Basket Sale
Our Mother's Day Hanging Basket Sale is coming up!  Order forms will go home on April 8th with your child.  All orders must be turned in by April 22nd along with payment.  Alcott's Greenhouse will deliver our baskets to the Middle School on Friday, May 8th.  Thank you in advance for supporting our fundraiser which benefits all of our students.
OSMS Emergency Drills
EMERGENCY DRILLS AT OSMS
The safety of your child and all children in our schools as well as the safety of the school staff and support personnel is very important to us.  In order to maintain a safe environment for our children to study and learn, it is necessary that we practice our emergency and crisis response plans by having drills designed to exercise our procedures.  We will be conducting various drills throughout the school year.  There will be four types of drills practiced and they are explained below.
 
FIRE DRILLS
The school will conduct 12 “fire drills” over the course of the school year.  This is a Fire Code requirement as well as a requirement by New York State Public Schools.  We want each student to understand and be aware of the importance of this drill and not be afraid when the fire alarm is sounded.  By practicing, they will know what to do and how to do it.
 
LOCKDOWN TAKE COVER DRILL
The school will conduct one “Lockdown Take Cover Drill” at some point during the first semester of the school year.   This type of drill will secure the school building and safely shelter all students, staff and visitors inside the building. No one should move.  The purpose of this drill is to keep the students safe from any danger outside or inside the building.  During a “Lockdown Take Cover Drill” all of the perimeter doors to the school building will be locked and will remain locked until the danger or issue outside or inside the building is removed.  To enable everyone to remain safe, no one will be allowed to enter the building or leave the building until the authorities authorize such a release.
 
LOCKDOWN IN PLACE DRILL
All actions that are expected in the “Lockdown Take Cover Drill” also apply to the “Lockdown In Place Drill” except for the movement within the classroom. Teachers and students may continue with their daily activities within the classroom as long as the door is locked and the blinds are drawn.
 
EVACUATION DRILL
The school will conduct one “Evacuation Drill” at some point during the second semester of the school year. This type of drill will require the students to evacuate the school building when instructed to do so by administration. The purpose of this drill is to keep students safe in the event of any danger inside the school building. To enable everyone to remain safe, no one will be allowed to remain in the school building or on the premises. Attendance will be taken at an alternate location and further instructions will follow.
 
Please remember that these safety practice drills are done to help maintain our schools as a safe place to learn and work. If you have any questions regarding any of these Safety Drills or other safety concerns, please contact the main office.