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A Message from Interim Superintendent Karl DuBash

SEPT. 1, 2022 — As we prepare for Fall 2022, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and New York State Education Department (NYSED) have collaboratively released COVID-19 operational guidance for schools. As communicated by NYSDOH and NYSED, “we enter a new phase of the pandemic, with increased access to COVID-19 information, vaccinations, testing, and treatment; we are changing our guidance to give school districts and schools more flexibility heading into the 2022-23 school year.”

Based on the shared guidance from the NYSDOH and NYS Education Department:

  • Students are not required to wear masks, including on a school bus.
  • All individuals should continue to practice staying home when feeling ill. Students and staff exposed to COVID-19 will not have to quarantine but should practice isolation when ill.
  • If students or staff exhibit symptoms,  testing on day five after exposure is the recommendation.
  • Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate for five days at home. After five days, if symptoms are improving and the individual is fever free for 24 hours, they may return wearing a mask by following the isolation guidance outlined by the CDC.
  • Schools will no longer be required to conduct screening testing.
  • Unvaccinated staff members will no longer be required to test weekly.
  • Importance of continuing to practice good hygiene by washing hands and maintaining clean surfaces.

The local Department of Health can impose further restrictions during an outbreak of a virus. We will continue to work in partnership with our local Department of Health and will communicate any changes due to needed precautions as directed by a local Department of Health. 

As always, the health and safety of our students, staff, and community remain at the forefront of our decision-making. We appreciate your cooperation as we look forward to the first day of classes on Thursday, Sept. 8.

Resource: NYSDOH/NYSED Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Document

Sincerely,

Karl Dubash
School Business Administrator (Interim Superintendent)