Good Afternoon Depew, this is an important update from Dr. Rabey:
We are so excited to welcome back all of our students tomorrow morning for a full five days a week of in-person learning. This past weekend the Erie County Department of Health, our local authority, updated its guidance for schools.
With that in mind, we updated our Opening Plan and posted that document on our website at www.depewschool.org. The updates are in bold. As always, the key aspects of our opening will be the required mitigation strategies, such as masking, contact tracing, surveillance testing and vaccinations, which will allow us to stay open for in-person instruction.
The mandates within the ECDOH guidance go into effect immediately. Therefore, correctly wearing a mask is now mandated for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, while in school buildings or on a school bus. Students may remove their mask during meals as long as they sit 6 feet apart to the extent possible, but no less than three feet, and a seating chart is kept.
Daily health screenings are required, with options for home health questionnaire or in-person screening. By arriving onto school property, you and/or your children are attesting that the screening survey has been completed, which includes a temperature and COVID-19 symptom check. COVID-19 symptoms are listed within the District’s Opening Plan.
ECDOH requires that in order for students or staff to return to school following a COVID-19-like illness, regardless of vaccination status, one of the three following criteria must be met:
1.) A negative FDA approved COVID-19 test result; OR
2.) There have been at least 10 days since the onset of COVID-19 symptoms; OR
3.) A Health Care Provider provides a signed note reporting a diagnosis of a known chronic condition.
Due to the volume of potential COVID cases, the District and/or the ECDOH will only be notifying those individuals affected by the positive COVID case through our established contact tracing procedures. District wide notifications will not be taking place this school year.
Finally, for tomorrow, please remember that the traffic flow at each building will remain in effect from last school year, with parent drop off and pick up in the front of the school buildings and bus unloading and loading in the back.
These updated mandates are subject to change and maybe altered by the NYSDOH in the near future. Please check the District’s website on a regular basis for updates. We thank you again for your continued support, cooperation and patience.