Read the latest updates from Superintendent Matt Sickles on school operations on the District website.
Board of Education Meetings
Under guidance from the state on large group gatherings, meetings of the Board of Education will be streamed live to the District's website (Midlakes.org) and its Facebook page (facebook.com/midlakesschools). Meetings are typically held at 6:30 p.m. and will be closed to the public. Board members meet remotely. For more information visit the Board of Education online.
Be sure to visit Midlakes.org and Midlakes Schools on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates. The District may also send updates through a mass email system and through mass voice mails. Be sure to listen to voice messages before calling District Office on the purpose of the call.
Child Care Assistance
Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES is working with The Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) to assist families in finding appropriate childcare during mandated closures due to COVID-19. Families in need of child care support may fill out an online survey.
Find a wide-range of resources available to District families has been posted online. The listing includes local food cupboards, government and mental health resources as well as a list of contacts from Midlakes Pupil Support Offices. Also includes 211/Life Line, a free and confidential resource for food, clothing, shelter, mental health and more.
Midlakes Schools has established an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to help families with issues connecting their devices to the Internet and address other issues. The email is regularly monitored. Also, information on connecting devices to various remote learning programs can be found online along with a video tutorial on how to remotely connect student iPads.
NYS COVID-19 Report Card
New York State has launched a "COVID-19 Report Card," an online dashboard which tracks COVID-19 infections and testing operations of schools and school districts. Families may view the dashboard on the New York State COVID-19 Report Card website. NOTE: There may be discrepancies in the two data sets due to reporting lag times and other variables.
NYS Cluster Initiative
The New York State Cluster Action Initiative works to detect small outbreaks and takes action to eliminate them by placing areas into three categories with successively higher restrictions within each one: Red Zone - cluster Itself; Orange Zone - warning zone; and Yellow Zone - precautionary zone. For more information on the clusters and restrictions within each, visit the New York State Cluster Action Initiative website. Also, more information can be found on the Midlakes Schools website.
NYS Travel Restrictions
New York State announced on November 4 new guidelines allowing travelers to New York to “test out” of the mandatory 14-day quarantine. The guidelines include:
For those traveling to a restricted state for more than 24 hours.
- Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York.
- The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
- On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests are negative, the traveler may exit quarantine.
For travelers who were out-of-state for less than 24 hours:
- The traveler does not need a test prior to their departure from the other state, and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State.
- However, the traveler must fill out our traveler form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic test 4 days after their arrival in New York.
Local health departments will validate tests, if necessary, and if a test comes back positive, will issue isolation orders and initiate contact tracing. All travelers must continue to fill out a traveler form upon arrival into New York State. For general inquires contact the call the Hotline: 1-888-364-3065 or Ask a Question. To file a report of an individual failing to adhere to the quarantine pursuant to the travel guidelines click here or call 1-833-789-0470. Individuals may also contact their local department of health.
County, State and Federal Resources
News & Notes
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