Dear Parents & Families,
The district learned recently of two additional COVID cases in our school community. District leaders are working closely with the health department to supply contact tracing information. Any students or staff members who were considered a close or proximate contact have been contacted by an administrator and will also be contacted by health department representatives to discuss the need to quarantine and other related information.
As you know, one of the key reasons we made the decision to go fully-remote this week was the need for several staff members to quarantine following a positive COVID case in our school community. We are now actively responding to three cases in total and coordinating with health departments from multiple counties. These variables can lead to some uncertainty regarding when our staff members will be released from quarantine. With that in mind, and out of an abundance of caution, we have made the decision to extend fully-remote learning for all K-8 students through Friday, Jan. 22.
There will be no instruction on Monday, Jan. 18, which will remain a holiday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Students in grades K-5 should continue following remote schedules and middle school students should follow their normal daily schedules, which includes signing into Google Classroom to join their class meetings. If students or parents have questions, they can email their teachers directly.
If you would like to have meals breakfast and/or lunch delivered during the period of remote learning, please complete this form by noon on Sunday, Jan. 17. Please complete a separate form for each child who will receive meals.
The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY has several “drive thru pantry” events scheduled in the coming days, if you know of anyone in need. The Albany County events are set for Jan 19, 22 and 23. An event at HVCC is scheduled for Jan. 20.
It is our plan to begin COVID-19 surveillance testing when we return to in person learning. If you have not done so, please be sure to submit a testing consent form for each child as soon as possible.
Please remember that the best plan for addressing the COVID-19 virus is to remain informed and follow these steps to help contain the spread of the virus:
- Keep at least a 6-foot distance between you and others when out in the community — even if you don’t feel sick or have any symptoms
- Wear a snug-fitting surgical or cloth face mask that covers your nose and mouth
- Stay home when you are sick
- Call your healthcare provider in advance of a visit
- Limit social gatherings
We will continue to work closely with our local health departments and communicate any necessary updates. Please reach out to one of us if you have any questions or would like more information about health and safety procedures.
Dr. Maureen A. Long
Mrs. Jennifer Cannavo