Hello,

This is an important update message from Dr. Rabey.

Recently, there have been several adjustments to both the Depew Union Free School District COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing Plan and the school quarantining guidance from the ECDOH.

The ECDOH recently updated its guidance for quarantining for proximate/classroom contacts in school settings. This update removes the “60-minute” guidance.  Contact tracers will now make decisions on quarantining classroom contacts according to the NYSDOH definition of a close contact, within 6 feet for 10 minutes or more. Contact tracers, through case investigations, may also place people in quarantine based on other factors, including duration of contact, proximity, and presence of COVID symptoms.

We are scheduled to return to our face to face instruction on Monday, January 4th and at the same time activate our COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing Plan.  Week 1, which includes Last Names from A thru N will be from Monday, January 4th thru Friday, January 8th and Week 3, which includes Last Names from O thru Z will be from Tuesday, January 19th thru Friday, January 22nd.  On the Second and Fourth Wednesdays (01/13 and 01/20), testing will occur by appointment only from 9am to 3pm.

Those individuals who have been selected for testing for our first week beginning on Monday, January 4th should have received a separate phone and email notification today.  If you did not receive a notification, you have not been selected at this time. 

Please be sure to visit our District Website at www.depewschools.org to review both the updated letter and COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing Plan.

I wish everyone a healthy, safe and happy holiday!

UPDATED COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing Plan (12-18-2020)

December 18, 2020 Letter to Parents on the Orange Zone COVID-19 Testing & ECDOH Updates