Many district procedures and practices have been modified for the 2020-21 school year due to COVID-19. This page provides a guide to those changes.
Students, staff and visitors are expected to wear face coverings inside and outside, including on the school bus, when six-foot physical distancing is not possible. Students will be allowed to remove face coverings during meals, instruction and for short breaks so long as they maintain appropriate social distance. Students who are unable to medically tolerate a face covering will not be required to wear one.
We ask parents and guardians to assess their child’s health and the health of others in the household before traveling to school. If anyone in the household is showing the following symptoms without a known cause, the child should stay home:
- Fever over 100°F
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- Recent loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
All students, staff and visitors will have their temperatures taken by a district employee prior to entering a school bus or building.
More detail about when students should stay home from school is provided in the New York State Department of Health PreK-Grade 12 Toolkit. (See Page 2, “Can My Child Go To School Today?”)
If your child is absent on a day they would normally be in the building or is sent home from school due to COVID-19 like symptoms, they would need a negative COVID-19 test or a reduction in fever for 24 hours, a reduction in symptoms and a doctor’s note that explains the cause of the symptoms.
If your child does not see a doctor or does not have a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the symptoms’ onset, the district will be required to report the illness to the Department of Health, who would then determine when your child can return to in-person learning.
If your child tests positive for COVID-19, they must stay home for 10 days.
If your child is in direct content with a person who tests positive for COVID-19, they must stay home for 14 days.
The district will report positive cases daily to the state Department of Health’s COVID Report Card dashboard. Anyone who is suspected of COVID-19 will be directed to contact their health care provider for evaluation and possible testing. Any staff member or student who exhibits any or all symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to be tested before returning to school.
Grades PK-12 are taking part in a hybrid learning model. In the event the district needs to close school, students will transition to a remote learning model.