COVID Update — Aug. 27, 2021
Thank you for your feedback and for joining us at the forum on Wednesday. A summary of the Thought Exchange information can be found here: https://my.thoughtexchange.com/report/80f16cbee1b85694fce7f129d5091d73
A recording of the meeting can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/505719239445725/videos/250294050293142
We are awaiting any new information from Governor Hochul’s office, but fully expect all of what we have shared so far to be in place as we open. Please note the updates below.
Thank you again for being thoughtful and patient. We’re almost there. One more update next week and WE CAN’T WAIT TO WELCOME YOUR KIDS BACK!
Kevin McGowan, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
What we know now…
What we’ve decided since last week…
What’s coming up next…
We are reopening for all students, five days per week.
Please click here to find the Monroe County Department of Public Health protocols for “return to school” following a COVID related absence or exposure.
Information from New York State about potential vaccination requirements for staff and any testing programs that the state will require.
We are not able to offer a remote option for next year.
Cafeterias in each building are exchanging fresh air 6 to 6.5 times per hour. Fresh air exchange in classrooms is happening multiple times per hour as well.
We will require universal indoor masking for all students and staff, despite vaccination status.
We will provide as much distance as possible in all activities.
We are not requiring COVID vaccinations for students or staff. Our staff is nearly 100% vaccinated.
We will be prepared to “go remote” and adjust our plans should circumstances require such a change.
We will not be requiring the daily health screening attestation, but we will ask for families and staff to attest at the beginning of the year. We will regularly remind the school community of what they should be looking for and the reasons to stay home.
All athletic activities are still being planned as normal. We will consider mitigation strategies, but have no plan to reduce or eliminate teams or activities.
All performing arts activities are being planned as normal. We will consider additional mitigation strategies, but have no plan to reduce or eliminate groups, ensembles or activities.
We will provide transportation for all students and not limit bus capacity. We will follow the guidelines for municipal transportation including the mandating of masking for all riders.
We will provide as much distance as possible for eating and at BHS we will use outdoor space.
Students will be encouraged to have their masks off for a minimal amount of time and we will be assigning seats or tracking their indoor seating in a manner that ensures limited exposure and efficient contact tracing if needed.
We will allow students and staff to unmask outdoors if fully vaccinated (we will not ask for verification or require proof of vaccination).