Good Morning Depew, this is Dr. Rabey with an update:

As you are aware through my recent communications, Governor Cuomo has placed a majority of Erie County, including the Depew School-Community in an orange micro-cluster zone. After a recent change in the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) guidance for schools, under an orange zone designation, schools have two options; to go fully remote or to remain open with mandatory random testing of 20% of our in-person students, teachers, and staff over a period of 30-days.

In order to return to our Hybrid Learning Model, we will be activating our COVID-19 testing plan on Monday, January 4, 2021.

The decision to remain in our Remote Learning Environment until after the Winter Recess and Monday, January 4, 2021, is out of an abundance of caution for our Depew Family and in consideration of the following key factors:

  • The high positivity rate throughout Erie County;
  • The concern of being exposed to the COVID-19 virus and then having to quarantine away from family members over the Winter Recess;
  • A concern of the inconsistency of learning, if we would reopen now and then just have to pivot to full remote learning again;
  • The fact that everyone is in a routine right now in the Remote Learning Environment and students would only end up getting a total of three (3) face to face instructional days with their teachers until the Winter Recess; and
  • Finally, the lack of substitutes needed for coverage when quarantining is required to happen.   

The COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing will be conducted at the Depew Schools Transportation Department and it is very important that if you haven’t already done so, that you visit our website at www.depewschools.org for more information about reopening and the link to our Testing Consent Form.

Be Safe!

December 8, 2020 Letter to Parents

January 4, 2021 COVID Testing Drive Thru Map

Updated 2020-21 Instructional Calendar