Albion, Holley, Medina, Lyndonville also announce they will be closing schools

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 March 2020 at 4:08 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers: The sign at Medina Central School announces that schools are closed until further notice.

Not long after Kendall announced it would be closing until further notice, the four school districts in Orleans County said they, too, also would be closed beginning on Monday due to health threats from the coronavirus.

Albion, Holley, Lyndonville and Medina announced they will be closed, and that includes no sports or extracurricular activities.

Michael Bonnewell, Albion Central School superintendent, said the district will be closed “for an undetermined time,” per the recommendation from Paul Pettit, the Public Health director in Orleans and Genesee counties.

All 22 public school districts also won’t be opening next week in Monroe County.

Michael Bonnewell, Albion Central School superintendent, shared this message on the district’s website:

The COVID-19 virus continues to impact our daily lives.

Effective immediately, upon the recommendation of the Orleans County Health Director, all schools in Orleans County are closed for an undetermined period of time. The closure applies to student classes and extracurricular activities.  County and school officials will reexamine the closure status at least weekly.

All 12-month employees will continue to report for work as per their usual schedule. Tuesday, March 17. has been designated as a Superintendent’s Conference Day, with all 10-month employees to report for work that day as per their usual schedule.

Additional information about the virus, the closure, alternate instruction, and the availability of continuing school meals for students will be provided on this webpage and referenced in upcoming messages through the emergency alert system. Check back here often!

Mark Kruzynski, Medina Central School superintendent, shared this message on the district website:

“Due to the declaration of a state of emergency in Orleans County, and after consultation with the public health departments, all Medina Central Schools will be closed to students effective immediately until further notice. While there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our school district, this closure is being done to mitigate the spread of the virus.

This closing includes all school-related activities including sports, marching band, all extracurricular activities, and all community activities within the schools.

The Medina Central School district has plans to provide meals, social supports, and plans to continue student learning during this closure. All information can be found here: This site will be continually updated with new information for everyone throughout the closure.

The Orleans County Health Department and school leaders throughout the county will be reviewing this on a week to week basis – and providing an update by midday Friday.”

Holley Central School posted this message on the district website:

The Holley Central School District is closed for students beginning Monday, March 16, until further notice. This closing includes all school-related events, including sports and extra-curricular activities.

Information regarding at-home learning activities, food distribution and other important information for families will be sent out as soon as possible, when more information is known.

Jason Smith, Lyndonville Central School superintendent, shared this message on the district website:

After extensive discussions with area superintendents, information from the Department of Health and County officials, I have decided to close Lyndonville Central Schools, beginning Monday, March 16th, 2020. Decisions regarding opening will be made on a weekly basis, with updates each Friday. I want you to know this decision was not made lightly.

As of today, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Orleans and Niagara Counties. However, two cases have been confirmed in Monroe County and all Monroe County schools have announced their plans to close.

Please look for instructional updates on our website.  Learning activities, resources, and directions on how to access them will be on a regular basis for all students.

Below are additional updates:


Wi fi access – Our school has a building-wide hot-spot that can be accessed from our parking lot. Information will be released ASAP.

Chromebooks will be made available by Friday, March 20, for 7-12 students. Distribution plans will be announced mid-week

Regents course resources are being downloaded for individual student thumb drive use and further information will be provided.


Students will have the opportunity to receive both breakfast and lunch while school remains closed.

Breakfasts and lunches may be picked up daily in the front loop by the cafeteria door between 8:00 AM and NOON, beginning Tuesday, March 17th

There is NO cost for breakfast and lunch during school closure, regardless of free/reduced lunch or full pay status.


All athletics and extra-curricular activities are suspended immediately.

If your family is experiencing hardship with pickup times for food, learning supplies, or need transportation, please contact Mrs. Lamay, District Clerk at or (585) 765-3101.

We will continue to work with the NYS Department of Education, the Orleans County Health Department, area superintendents and state and local officials to monitor the situation and determine the best course of action moving forward.

We will update you with additional information through our website, calls, texts and social media. If your contact information needs to be updated, please contact Tanya Marek at 765-3102.

The district has also added information regarding COVID-19 to our website, and I encourage you to look there for resources on how to remain healthy as this virus spreads.

Thank you for your patience as we work together to navigate this ever-changing situation. The safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. As always, please contact me with any questions.

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