COVID-19 Information

Many district procedures and practices have been modified due to COVID-19. These changes are summarized below, and in this Powerpoint presentation on reopening.

Mode of Instruction

Instruction for the 2021-2022 will be full-time and in person. If directed by state or county authorities to close to in-person instruction, we are ready to move to a remote instruction model on short notice.

Remote Learning will not be an option for students this year. All instruction will occur on campus.

Exceptions for virtual learning will be made by the district upon presentation of a doctor’s note supporting a homebound instruction need for the student. Students who qualify will be enrolled in a ONC BOCES virtual program for the semester. on a case-by-case basis.

Masks

At this time, based on NYS mandates, CDC and NYSED guidance, all persons, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear an approved face covering at all times when in a school building or school vehicle, except when on authorized mask breaks or when eating or drinking.  For these reasons students will be distanced 6 feet or more as much as possible with no mask exposures less than a 15 minute duration.  

  • Masks will be worn when outside if distancing of at least 3 feet can’t be maintained.
  • Masks are to be worn inside and outside for at least 10 days if an individual is exposed but not in quarantine due to vaccination status and not symptomatic.

Social Distancing

Based on recommendations from the CDC, DOH and NYS, three feet of distance shall be maintained between students and staff whenever practical, except in Band, or Chorus, where six feet of distance shall be maintained, whenever practical or possible.

Local Monitoring of COVID-19

The District will continue to collaborate with the Otsego County Department of Public Health on a regular basis as outlined in the District Plan for Reopening Schools. We will also continue to monitor the local transmission and positivity rates in accordance with the CDC and NYSED recommendations.

Transportation

Based on the latest guidance from the CDC and NYS Education Department,
we will follow the CDC recommendations for public mass transit. Students riding on school transportation will no longer require social distancing between students, but masks will continue to be required of ALL persons on buses, including students, staff, and drivers.

Health and Safety

All classrooms and common areas in school buildings will be disinfected daily. High touch surfaces will be cleaned several times per day. Hand washing, social distancing, and proper respiratory hygiene will be practiced and encouraged for all stakeholders. Classrooms will contain hand sanitizer.

Screening

Daily health screening for all students, staff, and visitors to the school building will no longer be required, as per the NYSED memo. Parents no longer need to complete a daily screening form for their child online prior to coming to school. Students will still have a temperature check prior to entering the building each day.

Symptomatic Protocol

Any student, teacher or staff member with new or worsening
symptoms of COVID-19, must be excluded from school, regardless of vaccination status, and either (a) provide a negative COVID test result, or (b) remain excluded from school for a minimum of 10 calendar days from symptom onset, prior to returning to school.

Any student or staff member experiencing COVID-like symptoms should remain at home until cleared by the school, County Department of Public Health, or a licensed health care provider.

Students and staff who become ill with COVID-19 like symptoms during the school day will go to the school nurse for evaluation. Siblings of a symptomatic child will NOT be sent home this year unless symptomatic.

Contact Tracing, Quarantine, and Isolation

We will continue to cooperate and collaborate with the Otsego County DOH in contact tracing.

All individuals who become ill with COVID-like symptoms while in a school building will be held in an isolation room until they can safely leave the building.

A person who tests positive for COVID-19 may return to school and end isolation if the following are met:

  • (1) 10 days out from the start of symptoms;
  • (2) fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication; AND
  • (3) symptoms have improved.

Child Nutrition

Free breakfast and lunch will be provided for ALL students. All efforts will
be made to maintain six feet of social distance during meal times. Cafeterias and other common areas will be used for meals in order to maintain appropriate distance. The district will not be delivering meals or doing curbside pick-up this year.

Schedules

Students will attend full-time in-person on days when school is in session, unless circumstances necessitate a shift to fully remote or hybrid instruction.

All content areas, including PE, Music, Band, and Chorus will be included in the schedule for in-person instruction. For Band and Chorus, every effort will be made to maintain six feet of social distancing.

Interscholastic Athletics

Students participating in outdoor athletics do not need to wear a mask. There is no limit on spectators attending outdoor athletic competitions. Indoor athletics (volleyball) students must wear masks and spectators attending these competitions must wear a mask also. Interscholastic sports and
other extracurricular activities will occur as permitted by NYS, Otsego County and following protocols recommended by the CDC, NYSED, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) and Otsego County DOH.

Visitors

Schools serve an important function as centers for their communities, and we will do our best to accommodate requests for both school groups and outside organizations to be allowed use of school facilities in a safe manner. Visitors to the school buildings will be required to comply with COVID-19 protocols in place at the time of their visit.

Please contact the district office with any questions at 607-638-5530.