December 18, 2020


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 to review both the updated letter and COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing Plan.

I wish everyone a healthy, safe and happy holiday!

UPDATED December 18, 2020 Letter to Parents on Orange Zone COVID-19 Testing and Reopening

UPDATED January 4, 2021 COVID-19 Testing Drive Thru Map

COVID-19 Testing Consent Form

Updated 2020-21 Instructional Calendar

REMINDER: No Meal Distribution during Winter Recess.

*Effective 1/4/2021, Meal distribution for remote students, including hybrid children, will be from the High School ONLY, no remote pickup sites. HS distribution will be Monday (2 meals) and Wednesday (3 meals) from 11AM-1PM.

Letter to Parents on Meal Distribution starting 1/4/21

December 8, 2020 Letter to Parents

January 4, 2021 COVID Testing Drive Thru Map

Updated 2020-21 Instructional Calendar


Fear and stress resulting from the outbreak of COVID-19 can be overwhelming for both adults and children. Your students may be overcome with many questions, fears, and anxieties, leaving teachers and parents to figure out how to support them while also managing their own emotions.

Check out the links below to learn how you can play a pivotal role in proactively supporting the well-being of the school community, as well as yourself, both virtually and in person.

Support the mental health and well-being of students and staff during COVOD-19

CDC: Stress and Coping


Student Support Resources (Depew Counseling Center) *You will need to log in to your Depew student email account to view

Parent Resource on COVID-19 (Depew Counseling Center)

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has released a memo with Resources for Mental Health and Talking To Young People about COVID-19.

The NYS Office of Mental Health has instituted a 24-hour helpline for anyone suffering emotional distress over this pandemic. Call 1-844-863-9314 and check out the informational flyer here.