School Reopening on Jan. 4
Though we know there has been an increase in the number of COVID cases regionally and that this rise is expected to continue in the near future due to the impact of social interaction over the holidays, DCS still plans to open both buildings for in-person and hybrid learning as scheduled on Monday, January 4th.
We are doing all we can to keep our schools open whenever possible because we believe that in-person learning is critical for the social, emotional, and academic well-being of the majority of our students. We also know that there has been very little transmission of COVID in schools and that keeping schools in session likely keeps infection rates in the area down. Please know that you still have the option to choose remote learning for your children should you wish to do so.
Winter Break COVID Cases
There were three positive cases in our district over the break (one Elementary School student, one Elementary School staff member, and one High School student). None of the positive individuals had been in school recently enough to require additional contact tracing or quarantining. These positive cases will be documented on our website soon.
In-School Testing Will Not Begin Yet
As of right now, our area has not been declared a Cluster Hot Spot Zone. If this occurs, we are prepared to begin testing immediately. Please see my previous communication regarding what that would look like.
Quarantine Period Reduced to 10 Days
As you may have heard, the NYSDOH updated their quarantine protocol for non-symptomatic contacts from a 14-day quarantine day period to a 10-day quarantine period. School officials will contact any school community members at the end of these 10 day quarantine periods to ensure that no symptoms have developed.
Information on Vaccine Distribution
I know that everyone is eager for information regarding the distribution of vaccines. I wish that I had more information, but as of right now, I can only point you to the information in this Vaccination Program Handbook released by NYSDOH.
As always, please feel free to contact me or building personnel with any questions you may have. I am looking forward to a great 2021. To make that happen, please continue to encourage your children to remain diligent about mask wearing, social distancing, and hand washing. Please also continue to fill out attestation forms daily and keep kids home when they are exhibiting symptoms. I truly appreciate your partnership in helping to make sure our schools can remain open.