• Dear Parents/ Guardians.


    We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. The administration, staff, and teachers of The Buffalo School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management are excited to welcome back all our students for the 2021-2021 School Year. We hope this letter will help answer important information about the upcoming school year.


    As you may be aware, the Superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools (BPS), Dr. Kriner Cash, has created a re-opening plan that shared a multi-layered approach to safety and protection for all of our staff and students. The plan implements recommendations made by the BPS Medical Team, the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP), the Center for Disease Controls (CDC), and the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH).


    Listed below is a concise summary of our high standards for a successful September and beyond. We will need and expect your strict adherence to effectively implement these protocols:



    School Based COVID 19 Safety and Protection Protocols:



    Masks are required for all persons inside of our school, regardless of vaccination status.  No exceptions.  If students do not have a mask, the school will provide the student with a mask.  If students refuse to wear to mask, restorative disciplinary measures may be implemented according to the BPS Code of Conduct.

    COVID-19 Testing

    To ensure safety for all, parents will need to SIGN OFF TO CONSENT to ensure that their child(ren) can participate in randomized, less invasive PCR testing at no charge.  Testing of all non-vaccinated adults will happen weekly.  30% of vaccinated staff and all consented students will happen weekly. There will be a 24- hour mandatory turnaround for results.

    Social Distancing

    Schools will adhere to the CDC distancing requirement of a minimum of 3 ft. amongst persons.

    When Your Child is ill

    When your child is ill before the start of the school day, it is required that you keep your child home.  If your child becomes ill during the school day, the student will report to the school’s Isolation Room and you will be contacted to pick the child up, as quickly as possible.

    Immunization Requirement

    Please be informed that it is a New York State Requirement that all students participating in  in-school learning have up-to-date immunizations on file in their schools.


    Important Information for the 2021-2022 School Year:


    • The first day of school is September 8, 2021. Please see the attached District Calendar.
    • Buffalo Culinary’s school day is 8:15 am – 3:10 pm. Please see the attached Bell Schedule.
    • Supply Lists are available on our school website buffaloschools.org/schoolsupplies355 .


    See below to help with questions or concerns:


    If you have a question about …


    You can … 

    Attendance – Student

    Call the Main office at 716-816-4778

    Change of Address:


    Family must send copy/picture of bill to smurphy@buffaloschools.org OR ccalteaux@buffaloschools.org

    Change of Phone Number or Email Address in Infinite Campus:

    Email new phone number to smurphy@buffaloschools.org OR ccalteaux@buffaloschools.org Indicate the first and last name of the student.

    General School Information or Updates

    www.buffaloschools.org/ps355 or www.buffaloschools.org/parents355

    Hotspot Request


    Laptop Questions

    Call the Buffalo Public Schools Hotline 716-816-7100 or Laptop Deployment 716-816-7070

    You can contact Mr. Nigro at rnigro@buffaloschools.org 

    Parent Portal


    Or Email rnigro@buffaloschools.org

    Restaurant Menu & Hours


    Student Schedule:

    Irene Opiela – Iopiela@buffaloschools.org

    Irene Opiela – Google # 716-221-0121

    Schoology :

    Learning Resources from Home (Schoology Videos) https://www.buffaloschools.org/Page/88626  

    School Supply List


    Special Education



    Mrs. Vaarwerk rvaarwerk@buffaloschools.org

    Mrs. Rovner : srovner@buffaloschools.org,

    Mr. Lamont alamont@buffaloschools.org.


    Call the Buffalo Public Schools Hotline 716-816-7100


    Working Papers

    Irene Opiela – Iopiela@buffaloschools.org

    Irene Opiela – Google # 716-221-0121



    School-Based Management Team (SBMT):  Meetings take place each month where we focus on School-Based Planning and Shared Decision Making. ALL parents/guardians are welcome to attend.  Please find the meeting link at www.buffaloschools.org/sbmt355 . All meeting will take place online until further notice. The dates and time of the meetings are as follows:


    September 29, 2021

    1:30 pm

    October 27, 2021

    1:30 pm

    November 17, 2021

    1:30 pm

    December 22, 2021

    1:30 pm

    January 19, 2022

    1:30 pm

    February 16, 2022

    1:30 pm

    March 30, 2022

    1:30 pm

    April 27, 2022

    1:30 pm

    May 25, 2022

    1:30 pm

    June 8, 2022

    1:30 pm


    The staff here at Buffalo School of Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management is even more committed to providing necessary supports to lead our students toward their full potential.  We look forward to working with your child this school year. If you have additional questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact the school at our 716-816-4778, Mr. Bass at DJbass@buffaloschools.org or  716-241-9790, Ms. Cunningham at CMCunningham@buffaloschools.org or 716-393-8724  or Ms. Schuta at Kschuta@buffaloschools.org  or 716-241-9709.






    Ms. Schuta, Principal              Mr. Bass, Assistant Principal                  Ms. Cunningham, Assistant Principal