Superintendent's Message

Good Evening Mattituck-Cutchogue Families,

This letter is to inform you of our recent Covid-19 cases reported since my last communication on Sunday evening and to share some important guidance.

At the secondary level, we have had seven new cases reported. One of the seven had already completed the necessary 10 day quarantine over the break, two never attended school since our return, and the remaining four were either in for part of the day or full day on Monday. We are finalizing the contact tracing for the remaining four students with about 90 percent of the information recorded. At this time, we will need to quarantine three additional students due to their relationship in and out of school with one of the positive cases. The other three students are contained to one family.

At the elementary level, we had one positive case reported. This child has not been in school since before the holiday recess.

What we have recently come across in many of our reported cases is the lack of adhering to social distancing outside of school, children having reported to parents that they had symptoms prior to attending school, and yet were sent anyway. We cannot emphasize enough to keep your children home when they are not well. When in doubt, err on the side of caution. This is a benefit to your child and the safety of all of our students and staff.

We continue to emphasize schools are safe. It is the outside of school activity and lack of attention to the prescribed protocols that could potentially limit or impede our ability to institute in-person learning. With this in mind and recent statements from Governor Cuomo, we are continuing to plan for the potential of on-site Covid-19 testing. Please look for a letter from me later in the week in reference to this information.

I want to thank those families who are diligent and proactive in ensuring the health and safety of not only your family, but that of our entire school community.

We are all in this together,

Kind regards,

Jill M. Gierasch
Superintendent of Schools

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