Letter from the Superintendent 1.5.22

Letter from the Superintendent 1.5.22
Posted on 01/05/2022
letter from the superintendent

Dear Rondout Valley School Community:

We were happy to welcome our students and staff back into the buildings this week. It is our hope that you were able to get some much-needed rest and relaxation over the break.

As I mentioned in a letter earlier in the week, we continue to practice a layered approach of mitigation strategies to keep our students and staff safe. This includes masking, social distancing, increased cleaning, and sanitizing, and providing test kits to families.

The district is currently developing our Test to Stay Program that will allow students who are close contacts with a positive case in school or on the bus to test out of quarantine and remain in school. We will share the specifics of the program in the coming days.

Our District is firmly committed to maintaining in-person instruction for as long as it is safe to do so. However, it is important to note that much like the rest of the nation, the increase in COVID-19 positivity rates has impacted our recent staffing levels. We monitor and evaluate our staffing regularly, including anticipated absences for the following day.

There are no current indications that we need to pivot to remote learning in any of our buildings. If we experience a severe staffing shortage, and we cannot cover classes we may need to use an emergency closing day to evaluate the situation and implement a plan. Should this happen, we will communicate this to you as quickly as possible. In the meantime, we ask that you assess your contingency plans in case it is determined to be necessary.

If your child is experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19, or tests positive, it is important that you not send them to school and contact the school nurse, regardless of vaccination status.

Thank you for your continued understanding and support.

Sincerely,

Joseph Morgan Superintendent