A Note About February Break, Health and Safety

Dear Families,

Thank you for all that you are doing to promote health and safety in our community and to keep students in school learning to the greatest extent possible. As we approach the February break, we ask you to please keep the following in mind:

  • When not at school, please continue to practice precautions like masks and social distancing.
  • In terms of travel, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has noted that the safest way to prevent the spread of the virus is to stay home.
  • Public health agencies continue to advise against large gatherings.
  • It is critical that anyone who is ill stays home.

We also want to remind you of the New York State Travel Advisory’s requirements for quarantining and COVID-19 testing. For any traveler to New York State from a noncontiguous state, US territory or CDC level 2 and higher country, the requirements to test out of the full 10-day quarantine period are below.

For travelers who leave the state for more than 24 hours:

  • Travelers must obtain a COVID-19 test within three days of departure for New York.
  • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
  • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests come back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.

The travel advisory does not apply to travel to Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Vermont.

We have recently been advised by our public health partners that rapid tests are not sufficient to return to school/work after travel and that instead PCR tests, which can take longer, are required for those opting to test-out of the mandatory 10-day quarantine. As a reminder, rapid tests are also not sufficient for a return to school following symptoms.

On a separate note, we want to let you know that our IT Department will be doing some routine maintenance and upgrades on several district systems on Monday, Feb. 15. District email, ClassLink and other services will be unavailable throughout the day on Monday.

Thank you for your attention to this information and your ongoing partnership.

Sincerely,

Cosimo Tangorra, Jr., Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools