Letter from the Superintendent 8.29.22

Letter from the Superintendent 8.29.22
Posted on 08/29/2022
letter from the superintendentDear Parents/Guardians,  

On August 22, 2022, we received updated COVID-19 guidance for the 2022-2023 school year from the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). We will continue to work with the Ulster County Department of Health to create a safe & healthy community.

The guidance shared below is based on a low to moderate prevalence of COVID in our community. If community levels of COVID-19 increase, the district will consider adding additional mitigation strategies.

Some of our layered preventive strategies include continued messaging as follows:
Universal masking is not required; however, individuals are permitted to wear a mask should they desire to. We will ask everyone to wear a mask in health offices. 
Individuals who are sick should remain home from school. Testing is recommended for individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 as soon as possible after symptoms begin. 
o Please notify the school nurse. If your child experiences signs & symptoms that could be related to COVID, you may choose to keep your child home for 5 days or submit a negative COVID test AND report symptoms improving & fever free for 24 hours prior to a return to school.
o If your child experiences symptoms of illness while attending school, we will ask them to wear a mask in the health office while they await pick up.
Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 can return to school after day 5 of isolation if symptoms are improving & fever free for 24 hours prior to a return to school. (Day 0 is the day of symptom onset or day individual tested positive.) CDC recommends the wearing of a mask on days 6-10 unless the individual received two (2) sequential negative tests 48 hours apart. 
Individuals exposed to COVID-19 will no longer be required to quarantine.
Schools are no longer required to routinely contact trace. However, if we identify a cluster of positive cases in a specific classroom(s), we will notify the parents/guardians of the students in the effected classroom(s) about the potential exposure. 
o As per the latest guidelines, the email will ASK you to monitor your child for symptoms of illness AND wear a mask for 10 days post exposure date. We additionally ask you to have your child test on the 5th day or sooner if they develop symptoms.
Schools are no longer required to report positive cases to the Department of Health. We will no longer place this information on our website. 
Social distancing is no longer required. 
Schools are no longer required to test unvaccinated staff. 

We will update our community as we receive new guidance from the Department of Health. 

Thank you for your continued support as we return to school.

Resources: 
FAQ document for parents/caregivers 
Symptoms of COVID-19
CDC’s Exposure Guidance
CDC’s Isolation Guidance 
COVID-19 Community Levels


Respectfully,
 
Joseph Morgan
Superintendent