Coronavirus Information

Coronavirus Information, FAQ's and Updates
Posted on 02/29/2020

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

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Our primary concern is for the health and safety of our students, staff and community. Our schools have been closely monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19. The District is following the guidance of our local health department, the New York State Department of Health and the CDC. We are also following our board policy and the steps outlined in our district’s emergency preparedness plan. Given the dynamic nature of this virus and the ever-changing information being made available, we thought it prudent to offer this Question and Answer document that will be updated periodically.

March 11, 2020

CLOSURES

Q1: Under what circumstances would we close schools?

A: When a student or staff member attended school prior to being confirmed as a COVID-19 case, New York State Department of Health requires an initial 24 hour closure, in order to begin an investigation to determine the contacts that the individual may have had within the school environment. That investigation will inform a decision determined by the District in consultation with the local department of health as to any further required closure, or other necessary precautions to take for specific classrooms, or for specific individuals.

Q2: If closed, what is the expected time period?

A: This could vary depending on the information provided.

Q3: Who makes the decision to close schools?

A: Any potential school closings (and reopening) due to illness will be guided by the Superintendent in conjunction with NYSED and the Suffolk County Department of Health.

Q4: How will we be notified of a school closure?

A: The District will send out a message via School Messenger (Robo call) and post it on the website. Please refer to the communication protocols found on the District website.

Q5: What is the plan for school closure?

  • Day 1-4 No impact on the district calendar. No instruction will take place.
  • Day 5 - (March 20) Superintendent's Conference Day (The district will work with employees to prepare for Days 6-8. More information will follow.
  • Day 6 - April 13 -The district will provide digital instruction.
  • Day 7 - April 14 -The district will provide digital instruction.
  • Day 8 - April 15 -The district will provide digital instruction.

INSTRUCTION:

Q6: What will instruction look like?

A: Teachers and administrators are currently planning for remote learning opportunities. This instruction may look different at each grade level. If we get to this point, specific instructions will be provided to each family via email and the website. ***Please ensure the school has your current contact information and email address***

Q7: What if my child does not do the work or keep up with the prescribed assignments?

A: Since remote instruction will take the place of regular instruction, the same academic expectations remain.

ACTIVITIES:

Q8: Are there any precautions we are taking during athletics and physical education classes?

A: Sporting equipment will be disinfected daily by district personnel. For example, batting helmets, lacrosse helmets, catching gear, lacrosse gloves and pads.  Locker rooms are disinfected daily by our custodial crew. During athletic events and physical education classes, we will not provide communal drinking water. Water bottles are the responsibility of the individual and should be labeled accordingly.

CANCELLATIONS:

Q9: What activities or events have been cancelled or postponed?

A: Elementary and Secondary Mock Trial, and SCMEA have been cancelled. Hoops for Troops and the Southold Town Youth Forum have been postponed.

Q10: Will spring sports be cancelled?

A: At this time, we have not received notice from Section XI and NYSPHAA regarding any cancellations. We will closely monitor these scheduled events and subsequently notify you of any potential changes.

Q11: Do you foresee cancelling future events such as concerts, awards, etc.?

A: Future activities will be determined based upon specific circumstances. Our 8th grade trip to Washington D.C. in March, and our Senior trip to Disney in June are under review.

MISCELLANEOUS:

Q12: If my child has a cough, runny nose, or fever, should I keep them home?

A: Students who have a fever should be kept home until they are fever free for 24 hours. Please contact your primary care doctor if you have specific questions related to your child’s health.

Q13: What will happen if I voluntarily choose to keep my child at home as a precautionary measure?

A: Your child will be marked as unexcused, unless you can provide medical documentation.

Q14: Will the District notify families if you we self-quarantined cases?

A: We will not release names of students or staff. In such a circumstance it is critical to maintain confidentiality of the student or staff member as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

March 12, 2020

Q15: What if I choose to keep my child home, and school is in session?

A: If you are keeping your child home due to a compromised immune system please call the school to inform them of the absence. You must provide a doctor’s letter and it will be considered a legal absence.

Q16: What if I choose to keep my child home, and school is in session, how can my child get the work?


A: If school is in session and you are keeping your child home you make request work after 2 consecutive days of absence, you may make a request to Guidance at the high school, or your child’s teacher at the elementary level for pick up at the end of the 3rd day.


Q17: Has the state provided any guidance about NYS Assessments and College Board exams being cancelled?


A: Not currently.

Q18: Have any new additional student programs been cancelled or postponed?

A: All spring sports have been cancelled until March 23rd. The BASH awards have been cancelled. The Military Ball, The PTSA Fashion show and the Washington D.C. trip has been postponed.

Q19: Are any outside organizations permitted the use of facility during this time?

A: No

Q 20: When will information be released about remote learning?

A: We are not at this point yet, however if we needed to move to this platform after we have exhausted all our snow days and Conference day, on Day 6, we will begin to implement our digital learning platform. Parents and students would be notified by email.

March 13

Q: Will sports be cancelled?

A: As the coronavirus progresses, in an effort to be prudent, Section XI will suspend all games and scrimmages until April 3rd. As that date approaches ,we will reassess the situation utilizing updated information.

March 23, 2020

Q. What do I do if my child needs a password reset?

A. If your student needs their password reset or has a physical problem with their Chromebook please call (631) 298-8471 Ext. 1407

Q. My child lost their Chromebook charger, how can I get a new one?

A. Every child was provided a charger with their Chromebook. We do not have any extras. This would be the family’s responsibility to replace it. If you have lost your Chromebook charger you can purchase one yourself:

  • If your Chromebook is a C720 or C740 (non-touchscreen) this is the type of charger you need: Acer C720 or C740
  • If your Chromebook is a Spin 11 with a touchscreen this is the charger you need: Acer Spin 11 charger

Q. Has there been any update on the Spring Sport Season?

A. Currently there has yet to have been a global decision regarding the continuation of the Spring Sport Season. At this time, the Spring Sport Season will be on hold until we resume attendance at our schools unless otherwise instructed by Section XI, New York State Public High School Athletic Association or the National Federation of High School Sports. We are preparing after school activities for our Jr/Sr High School students should there be a cancellation of the Spring Sport Season.

Q. When will the next distribution of instructional materials go out for K-6?

A. The last distribution of materials before spring break will go out on Monday, March 30th during the regular elementary bus run. Please be at your stop. No materials will be delivered to your door.

Q. When will the next distribution of food go out?

A. The last distribution of food will go out on Monday, March 30th during the elementary bus run. Please note, there will no longer be drop-offs at your front door. You must be at the bus stop!! We will be delivering additional food this week due to school closures the following week to carry families a little longer.

Q. Will you be taking food donations during the week school is closed- for spring break, April 3- April10?

A. No, our donation drop-off will start back again on April 13th. Prior to closures, please bring donations in this week to Cutchogue West 385 Depot Lane between the hours of 8 am and 1:30pm. Your support is greatly appreciated.



March 20, 2020

Dear Mattituck-Cutchogue Families,

As we wrap up what was an incredibly successful first day back (I heard many of our classes had 100% attendance), I want to share my thoughts and plans with you.

We continue to have only one confirmed case of COVID-19 in-district that has been reported. Again, please note the Suffolk County Health Department did not recognize any staff member or student in jeopardy related to this case. We continue to be mindful of HIPAA laws related to both staff and students. This is very important!!!

I expect at some point soon I will receive notice we should either consider or be directed to close schools longer than Friday, 3/27. We’ve heard closures until April 1, but even that hasn’t been verified.

IF we are directed to close until April 1, I will LIKELY close the remainder of the week and continue with remote and digital learning through Thursday, April 2nd. Why only through Thursday?

My plan is to have the BOE approve a change to our calendar. Monday, April 13 was originally scheduled as a spring recess day. I am recommending changing this to Friday, April 3. As well, my intent is to allow students, teachers, and staff to take advantage of spring recess (April 3- April10) should our Instructional Plan be approved and count toward the 180 + 4 (Supt Conference Day) requirement. I have received no guidance or confirmation of any changes at this point from NYSED, but my hope is all of our efforts and delivery of instruction via remote and digital learning platforms are acknowledged.

I heard some families needed assistance finding the Cutchogue East Elementary Online Instructional Plan. Please see the link below:

Cutchogue East Elementary Online Instructional Plan

For those of you who may have questions, we are providing a remote Help Desk. Please go the district website to access this form. A staff member will get back to you with a response within 24 hours, if not sooner.

Remote Help Desk Form

For now, NYSED has announced suspension of the following assessments:
  • New York State Grades 3-8 Mathematics Test
  • New York State Grades 3-8 English Language Arts Test
  • New York State Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science Test
  • New York State Grade 8 Intermediate-Level Science Test
  • New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) in Grades K-12
  • New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) for students with severe cognitive disabilities in Grades 3-8 and high school

SPRING SPORTS

It is likely spring sports will be cancelled. If this occurs, we are in the process of creating an intramural/club program to keep students active and engaged. Creating this type of program should be fun and lift some spirits. Many students come to school because of the athletic program; connection with coaches, competition, and the sense of a community/family. Creating an intramural program where all students can participate will likely bring some life back when we return from spring break. Gregg Wormuth will send out more information if we are notified of any cancellations.

We have not yet cancelled the Senior Disney trip scheduled for June. Final payments are just around the corner. More to follow on this...

DATES TO NOTE:
  • Monday, 3/23- Friday, 3/27- Remote and Digital learning taking place. (Regular School Days)
  • Monday, 3/23 Food Distribution #3 Elementary Bus Run Only. This is for all families K-12. If you know anyone that needs additional support, please contact my office or send me or Rafael an email.
  • Tuesday, 3/24- BOE Mtg- 9:45 am (webex) The audio recording will be posted 24 hours after the meeting.
  • Thursday, 3/26- Final Budget Mtg- 11:15 am (webex) The audio recording will be posted 24 hrs. after the meeting.
  • Monday, 3/30 Food Distribution #4 - Elementary Bus Run Only. This is for all families K-12. Please let us know if we are missing anyone. We are also disseminating the learning packets for elementary K-6.
  • Monday, 3/30- Thursday, 4/2- Although no confirmation yet, we likely will be continuing distance learning.
  • Friday, 4/3 through Friday,4/10- Spring Break
  • Monday, 4/13- Hopefully return to typical instruction and our school buildings.
As you may know, things have changed daily coming from NYSED, the Governor’s office and the County Executive’s office. The tentative plans listed above could change should be receive new guidance.

I will be sending a similar note out to families this weekend with a few additions.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Stay healthy, stay positive, stay connected!

Have a Good Weekend!

Jill Gierasch
Superintendent of Schools




March 16, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Enclosed within this letter are some very important directions and messages. Please read carefully.

As promised, we will be delivering digital and remote learning beginning Friday, March 20th. Attached, you will find letters from each principal explaining the delivery of instruction.

The District administration and teaching staff feel very strongly about the continuation of instruction during our closure period. Our teaching staff has put in an inordinate number of hours beyond the workday to make this happen. We all feel it is essential that children have the continuity of instruction and connection with their teachers.

As well, we want to recognize that this is a difficult time for all families. As a result, we have reached out and prepared lunches for those indicating this need.

As indicated in Mr. Petretti’s letter, students in grades 7-12 will be provided remote digital learning, therefore no materials need to be distributed.

Students in grades K-6 will be provided a combination of remote digital learning and instructional resources which have been printed and/or collected from our libraries.

How will access the above mentioned materials and food? Tomorrow morning, Tuesday March 17, 2020 we will begin bus stop deliveries.

Grades 7-12:

  • The 7-12 buses will be arrive at your child’s bus stop at the regular scheduled time between 6:50 and 7:15 am
  • We will hand out lunches to those families requesting this service. No instructional materials will be handed out.

Grades K-6:

  • The k-6 buses will be at your child’s bus stop at the regularly scheduled time in the morning.
  • We will hand out the instructional materials grades k-6 (every child has a package labeled with their name).
  • Students in grade 3 and 4 will be provided with a Chromebook as long as there is a parent to receive it at the bus stop.
  • We will hand out lunches to those families requesting this service.
  • Please remember to practice social distancing and do not bring children to the bus stop, where possible.

Very Important:

For the elementary run, we recognize this run may take a little longer than expected. Please be patient and wait at the bus stop. We will ensure we go to every stop.

If you cannot be at the bus stop, we can give the delivery to a designated neighbor.

If you don’t typically take the bus in the morning, please reach out to someone in your neighborhood to find out the time or wait between 7:50- 8:30.

Effective Monday, March 23rd, we will institute a HELP Desk. This will be listed on the front page of the District website. Concerns such as, log in/tech issues, social emotional/mental health concerns, and instructional needs will be listed on this form. Please fill out the form in its entirety should you need assistance. Someone will either call or email you with a response. 

For families who find themselves in a difficult situation and need assistance with meals, please see the attached letter for procedures beginning Monday, March 23rd.

Together, as a community we are Mattituck -Cutchogue Strong!! #TuckerPride

Warm regards,

Jill M. Gierasch
Superintendent of Schools


March 15, 2020 - Update Number 2

Dear Families,

I have just been made aware by a staff member who is not a resident of the community that they have a confirmed case of COVID-19. The Department of Health is conducting an investigation with this individual to identify who they have been in contact with and will begin reaching out to those individuals, if necessary.

I have personally reached out to the Suffolk County Health Department and spoken with our representative to ensure there are open lines of communication.

While I recognize you would like more information, I am not permitted to release confidential staff member’s information due to HIPAA laws.

As you know from previous communication, our buildings are being thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis throughout the day and in the evening. This process will continue when schools are closed.

If there is any more information that I can share, I will reach out to you. Again, please be prepared to receive information related to distance learning tomorrow afternoon.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and patience. Communication with all of you remains a priority.

Warm regards,

Jill Gierasch
Superintendent of Schools
Mattituck-Cutchogue Union Free School District


March 15, 2020

Letter from Superintendent re: School Closed Two Weeks - Reopen 3/30

Dear Parents and Guardians,

en espanopWe just received notice that the County Executive has issued an Executive Order that mandates districts are required to close schools for two weeks to reconvene on March 30, 2020.

As you know this is a rapidly evolving situation. As circumstances have changed, we have continued to provide information as we have received it following guidance from State and local officials including the Suffolk County Health Department.

With that said, both tomorrow and Tuesday the staff will be working to finalize our remote distance learning plans. Please look out for guidance on this topic tomorrow afternoon regarding distribution of learning materials as well as school lunches for our families that require further support.

I am not prepared to commit to any further guidance regarding the school calendar. I am awaiting guidance from the New York State Education Department related to distance and remote learning opportunities.

I want to thank all of our families for their support and patience. We have taken the concerns of parents into consideration as we have made decisions thus far and will continue to do so. Your encouragement and thoughtful messages has been very comforting to our team.

The administration has been working around the clock preparing and anticipating the needs of our students and families. Our teachers and support staff have been working diligently to prepare lessons, learn and review tools for distance and remote learning while being sensitive to the social-emotional needs of our children. Your children are surely in the best hands possible!

Keep in mind, the purpose of closing schools is to prevent and/or contain further spread of the COVID-19 virus. Please practice social distancing and do not organize play dates, sleepovers, etc. Older students are very adept at keeping in contact with friends remotely and should continue to do so through their devices.

I want to thank our health care community and emergency responders. We know you are on the front lines and are doing all that you can to care for our families. We owe you a debt of gratitude!

Again, please look out for more communication tomorrow afternoon.

Stay positive, support one another and enjoy the beautiful spring-like weather this afternoon!

Kind regards,

Jill Gierasch
Superintendent of Schools


March 13, 2020

Letter from Superintendent re: School Closing March 16 through March 22

Dear Parents,

As of this time, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among students and staff within the Mattituck-Cutchogue School District. However, as the number of confirmed cases has been increasing in the Town of Southold, the Suffolk County Department of Health has recommended that the Mattituck-Cutchogue School District, among others, close during the week of March 16, 2020. The Board of Education and administration have agreed to adhere to their recommendation, therefore, all schools will be closed next week beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20th. All evening events and all outside community events using district property are also cancelled. The Board of Education meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 18 has also been cancelled. Should the Suffolk County Department of Health recommend an extension of this closing beyond next week, parents will be notified.

At this time, I would like to share important information with you regarding providing continuity of instruction for our students. On Friday, March 20, the district will begin delivering instruction through an online platform for grades 5-12. Instructional packets for grades K-6 have also been prepared. More information will follow as to how to access these materials no later than Tuesday, March 17. Families will be notified regarding these documents through email and the district’s website www.mufsd.com. We will have now have used all of our snow days and conference days as previously indicated on prior communications.

While our schools are closed, our highest priority continues to be the health and safety of our students and staff. There will be no interruption in the daily cleaning and maintenance of our schools. Our schools will continue to be thoroughly cleaned using the guidelines recommended by the CDC.

Please be assured, we will continue to diligently monitor the spread of the virus and are in regular contact with the CDC and the Suffolk County Department of Health. We will continue to keep you informed as new information becomes available. Please work with us to limit contact with other children, families and the general public, where possible to prevent the spread of the virus.

Keeping your families in my thoughts and prayers,

Jill Gierasch,
Superintendent of Schools


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PREVENTION:

There are currently no vaccines available to protect against the virus. The New York State Department of Health (DOH) recommends the following ways to minimizes the spread of all respiratory viruses (as well as the common cold and various forms of influenza (“the flu”), including COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.
  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

March 9, 2020

Dear Mattituck-Cutchogue Families,

As promised, this is a follow-up to my message from this morning.

The Suffolk County Health Department has confirmed only one case of the coronavirus. Although there are reports of the brewery being the place of employment from multiple sources, due to State and Federal HIPA guidelines, the Suffolk County Department of Health is not able to specifically confirm the place of employment at this time. The Mattituck employee I referenced in my earlier message does not have any symptoms. Out of an abundance of caution, the employee was asked to stay at home for a few days and be re-evaluated on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. The Suffolk County Health Department has also said that since there was not direct contact or proximity to the affected patient, there is no need for concern.

Going forward, should there be a need to close schools we would begin by using snow days in accordance with the Board approved 2019-2020 calendar. This is posted on our district website. The following schedule will occur in case of school closures:

  • Day 1-4 No impact on the district calendar. No instruction will take place.
  • Day 5 - (March 20) Superintendent's Conference Day (The district will work with employees to prepare for Days 6-8. More information will follow.
  • Day 6 - April 13 -The district will provide digital instruction.
  • Day 7 - April 14 -The district will provide digital instruction.
  • Day 8 - April 15 -The district will provide digital instruction.

For elementary parents, you will be receiving log-on information and digital curriculum materials during Parent-Teacher Conferences scheduled for this week. Some of these items include Google Classroom, Brain Pop, Learning.com, IXL Math 4-6, Newsela, e-books, and flipped learning experiences through Flip Grid or I-Video.

For our students in grades 7-12, our options include Google Classroom, ALEKS (for students enrolled), IXL Math 7-9, Newsela 7-12 and others as identified by individual teachers specific to coursework.

If If you are unaware of login information, please speak with your child. This information is available via the Classlink Portal (https://launchpad.classlink.com/mcufsd). Please contact your child’s classroom teacher for support, if necessary.

Please make sure current parent email addresses, phone numbers and contact information has been provided to each school.

For now, all district activities are running as planned. However, we are reviewing up-coming field trips and the locations of these events. Should any information change, parents of affected children will be notified directly.

As the Superintendent of Schools, I am proud of the response from staff. Your child’s well-being is of the utmost importance to us all. We will surely be ready for next steps if needed.

Warm regards,

Jill M. Gierasch
Superintendent of Schools.



March 9, 2020

Dear Mattituck-Cutchogue Families,

As you likely have heard by now, there is a confirmed Coronavirus case in Suffolk County, specifically reported as a Greenport resident. We have learned this individual does not have any children but does work here on the North Fork. It has also been reported that the individual works at a local brewery. This has been confirmed by the Suffolk County Department of Health who we are working closely with at this time to stay informed of the latest updates.

Since the confirmation of this case and even days before the individual’s test results were confirmed, the Suffolk County Department of Health were working directly with the employee and any person he had been in direct contact with over the past few weeks. It is my understanding they will continue to do so to mitigate the spread of the virus.

It is important to know, the Mattituck Cutchogue School District does have an employee who works weekends at the same brewery. However, they were not in direct contact with one another the last time the employees worked the same shift which was 11 days ago. Our employee has NO signs of illness. However, as a precautionary measure, we have assigned this person to home to be checked by their physician and self-quarantine until they are deemed unaffected.

Just as a reminder, we are wiping down all classrooms, large spaces, doorknobs, light switches, keyboards, bus seats etc. on a daily basis. We will continue with our upgraded cleaning routine and working diligently to ensure the safety and well-being of all students and staff.

Later today, we will be sending out another update which will outline our process for closing school should the need arise in the future. Our administrative team and staff have been working diligently to stay informed and as a result ensure we are prepared for the possibility. We have meetings scheduled this afternoon with our teachers and staff to finalize all plans.

I will send home updates periodically, as new information is released and ready to be shared.

I want to thank you in advance for your patience. We are here to answer any questions or concerns. Do not hesitate to reach out.

Sincerely,

 

Jill M. Gierasch

Superintendent of Schools




February 28, 2020

Dear Mattituck-Cutchogue Parents/Guardians and Community Members,

As the district begins to prepare for a possible outbreak of the Coronavirus, we have gathered
and posted information and resources on the school district website that you might find
helpful. The direct link to this information appears below:

http://www.mufsd.com/community/corona_virus

The following information regarding the Coronavirus has been provided to us by the NYS Department of Health and the NYS Department of Education:

A new coronavirus called 2019 Novel (new) Coronavirus (2019-nCov) was first found in
Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The virus had not been found in humans before. The
coronavirus can lead to fever, cough and trouble breathing or shortness of breath. There are
thousands of diagnosed cases in China and new cases being diagnosed in a number of
countries including the United States.

What do we know?

Since the virus is very new, health authorities continue to carefully watch how this virus
spreads. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working hard to learn as
much as possible about this new virus, so that we can better understand how it spreads and
causes illness. The CDC considers this virus to be a serious health concern. Based on current
information the CDC recommends avoiding travel to China. Updated travel information
related to 2019-nCoV can be found at

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/novel-coronavirus-china

How Does 2019 Novel (New) Coronavirus Spread?

Health experts believe the virus probably spreads from animals to humans and from person to
person. It is not clear yet how easily the virus spreads from person-to-person. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov) is not currently a concern for the general public and is not actively circulating among New Yorkers at this time. Therefore, there is no need to cancel school or social events, and there is no need for students or school staff to wear surgical masks at school.

PREVENTION

There are currently no vaccines available to protect against the virus. The New York State
Department of Health (DOH) recommends the following ways to minimizes the spread of all
respiratory viruses (as well as the common cold and various forms of influenza (“the flu”),
including 2019-nCoV:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use and alcohol based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.
  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • CDC Recommends that travelers avoid all travel to China.
SYMPTOMS

Information to date suggests that 2019-nCoV causes mild-to-moderate illness and symptoms
like the flu, including fever, cough, and difficulty.

Are visitors from China being screened?

Yes, as of February 2nd new screening protocols are conducted for individuals entering the US
from China at designated airports.

Resources to Speak with Your Child:

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-acomic-
exploring-the-new-coronavirus

Please know the safety, health and welfare of our students, faculty and staff is always of
paramount importance. The district will continue to work and collaborate with the New York
State Education Department, The New York State Department of Health, and the Center for
Disease Control (CDC) in an effort to respond to any health related concerns that may arise in
our region.

Fortunately, members of our facilities and nursing teams have attended trainings and next
week will initiate enhanced cleaning protocols to ensure our learning environments are as
safe as possible. This involves an increased emphasis on disinfecting frequently touched
surfaces such as desks, computer keyboards, doorknobs, cafeteria tables, light switches, locker rooms, and working with Sunrise Bus Company to enhance the cleaning of bus seats.
We appreciate your partnership in following the guidelines indicated above. Should the
district receive any additional guidance or information, I will send out a follow-up email and
post information under the Community Tab on our website.

Warm regards,

Jill M. Gierasch
Superintendent of Schools