Good Afternoon Depew, this is Dr. Rabey with an update:
As I mentioned on Tuesday’s update, Governor Cuomo announced a pivot in the parameters to be used for schools, who are in either the Orange or Red Cluster Zones, to return to in-person instruction. At this point in time, we still do not have any further details, as to how we can accomplish these new standards. As soon as we have the new expectations from the Department of Health and they can be evaluated in relation to our capacity to accomplish them, we will update the school-community at that time. Until then, we will continue to remain in our fully remote learning environment for all students and assess our Zone Designation.
As our return to in-person instruction appears to be on the horizon, I think that it is important to reflect on our success thus far. We did have 13 positive COVID cases reported of individuals who were here on campus since September. However, I am pleased to be able to report that none of these cases, according to the Contact Tracers, were identified as transmissions of the virus here in school. The data has certainly demonstrated that schools are one of the safest places for children and adults to be. Our reopening plan, mitigation strategies and our school-community partnership have proven effective. This understanding, along with the recommendations from the health and education experts from around the world, who recognize the vital importance of having our children in school, is giving us this opportunity and confidence in bringing our students back as soon as possible.
With that in mind, we do know that a key expectation to return to in person instruction will be random COVID-19 Testing. It is very important that if you haven’t already done so, that you complete our Testing Consent Form. We now have over 600 individual consents completed for the random testing process.
Please take time to consider the testing information provided and participating in the random COVID-19 testing.
I will continue to keep you informed as we receive more information.