COVID-19 RESPONSE & OPENING OF SCHOOLS 2021-2022

2021-22 School Opening Plan for Health, Safety & In-Person Learning

District 2021-2022 School Opening Plan

9-3-21: NYS Department of Health issues requirement for all school district employees to submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.

Important Safety Reminders & Mitigations:

QUARANTINING & ISOLATION SCENARIOUS

  • IF an individual tests positive for COVID-19, THEN regardless of vaccination status that individual must isolate for 10 days. 
  • IF an individual is fully vaccinated, THEN close contacts do NOT need to quarantine UNLESS the vaccinated person who is exposed develops symptoms.
  • IF an individual is NOT fully vaccinated, THEN close contacts WILL be required to quarantine for 10 days.
  • NOTE: The close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student; the exposed students will not be required to quarantine if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time.
  • IF you have a question on quarantining & isolation, THEN please call your child’s school nurse for clarification or refer to the 2021-22 School Opening Plan.

FACE MASKS

  • Masks are required to be worn by all individuals inside any school regardless of vaccination status, as per New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH).
  • Masks must be worn at indoor school events and while playing or attending athletic or any other indoor events.
  • Mask breaks with social distancing will be provided.
  • Masks are not required outdoors. Unvaccinated people should wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings or when 3-feet social distancing is not possible.
  • A mask will be provided to any student who does not have one or who needs a new one.

PHYSICAL DISTANCING

  • Maintain 3-feet of social distancing between students in classrooms and indoor school locations, combined with mask wearing.

COMMUNICATION

  • All communication and any updates will be posted on our district website and social media platforms.
  • Phone calls, text messages and emails will be used to notify families of COVID-19 or schedule updates.
  • Families are urged to be sure updated contact information is on file.

CLEANING & SANITIZING

  • Cleaning and sanitizing will remain rigorous. The district is stocked with personal protection equipment (PPE), sanitizer, masks, gloves, surface cleaning supplies.
  • School spaces and buses will be cleaned and sanitized, using approved disinfectants daily.
  • If someone in a school tests positive for COVID-19, the classroom or space will be disinfected immediately.

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

  • Parents, guardians, caregivers and staff members are urged to be mindful of indications of illness, to stay home if they show signs and symptoms, and to seek testing when symptoms are present.
  • Any student who exhibits symptoms will be required to go home and not return to in-person learning for 10 days unless they have a negative COVID test result, or have a physician’s note with an alternate diagnosis, and are symptom free. The student would shift to remote asynchronous instruction (assignment placed through online platform) with a daily session (one period) with a teacher.
  • PARENTS/GUARDIANS should contact their child's teacher, building level principal or nurse if their child has tested positive  with COVID-19 to receive further information regarding remote asynchronous instruction.

CONTACT TRACING AND STEPS

  • Contract tracing protocols will continue to be followed.
  • CDC flowchart will be followed in decision making if there is a COVID-19 diagnosis at school.
  • New diagnoses of COVID-19 will be reported to the Rockland County Department of Health and all directives will be followed.
  • Teachers, staff, and families of students who were close contacts (as defined by CDC) to a person who tested positive will be notified immediately.
  • CDC guidance now provides that when all students wearing face masks have close contact with a positive COVID-19 case, the exposed students will not be required to quarantine if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time.

COVID-19 TESTING

  • Testing is recommended in certain instances. Testing will not be administered without written parent/guardian consent.

GUIDANCE & DETERMINATION FOR UPDATES

HAND-WASHING AND HYGIENE

  • Students and staff will have every opportunity to properly wash their hands throughout the day.
  • We will continue to reinforce good etiquette in school by reminding everyone to wash hands frequently and to assist young children with hand-washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol will be available in all locations for use in addition to handwashing.
  • We will continue to teach young children coughing and sneezing etiquette and to keep hands away from their faces.

MEALS & CAFETERIA USE

  • Breakfast and lunch will continue to be provided to all students in the district.
  • Cafeterias may be used if students are able to maintain 6-feet apart when masks are removed for eating. When necessary, schools will create lunch schedules that reduce the number of students in the cafeteria at one time or determine alternate locations.
  • Students must wear masks when moving through the food service line.
  • Cafeterias will be cleaned immediately after use. Surfaces that are in contact with food will be washed, rinsed, and sanitized before and after meals.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION CLASSES

  • Whenever possible, physical education classes will be conducted outdoors in acceptable weather.
  • When classes are conducted indoors, mask-wearing is required.
  • Teachers will make efforts to establish properly distanced mask breaks for students during indoor activities.

PROGRAMS & INSTRUCTION

  • As long as allowed by public health officials, schools will be open for in-person teaching and learning, and students should be in school.
  • Remote instruction will be provided to students who are medically vulnerable, through Capital Region BOCES collaborative remote learning program for elementary grades.
  • In the case of closure due to public health emergency, all schools will be prepared to provide remote instruction.
  • Any student who is placed under quarantine and cannot attend in-person due to illness or COVID-19 exposure, will receive remote instruction. The student would shift to remote asynchronous instruction (assignment placed through online platform) with a daily session (one period) with a teacher.
  • PARENTS/GUARDIANS should contact their child's teacher, building level principal or nurse if their child has tested positive  with COVID-19 to receive further information regarding remote asynchronous instruction.

SIGNAGE

  • Signage will be placed throughout district facilities reinforcing the main elements of our health and safety protocols.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

  • Services to students with disabilities will be held in person unless otherwise indicated in the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or other means

SPORTS & ACTIVITIES

  • Masks are required to be worn by athletes and all individuals during indoor sporting events.
  • Anyone who is not fully vaccinated must wear a mask outdoors during any sporting event when 3-feet social distancing is not possible.
  • High-risk sports and activities may be canceled or held virtually depending on vaccination and community transmission rate.
  • Spectators may be limited or not allowed, depending on community transmission rate.

TECHNOLOGY

  • All technology devices have been reimaged and sanitized for a phased-in redistribution for the start of school.

TECHNOLOGY HELP DESK

  • Visit the TECH DEPT Page for videos on using applications on our webpage.
  • CALL TECH HELP DESK : 845-353-7075, or Fill out a quick-access TECH HELP FORM located on the Technology Department webpage

TRANSPORTATION

  • Masks must be always worn on buses by any one on the bus including drivers and students.
  • A mask will be provided to any student who does not have one or who needs a new one.

VENTILATION

  • Schools will follow all ventilation protocols, including mechanical and natural ventilation where appropriate.
  • Ventilation strategies include bringing fresh outdoor air into the building by opening multiple doors and windows and using child-safe fans to increase air flow.
  • During transportation, the windows on buses will be cracked open or opened.

2021 FAQ for COVID-19

This section is under construction

Q&A Coming Soon

Opening of Schools Announcements & Alerts

  • NYS Dept. of Health issues NEW mandates for school district employees to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination OR submit to weekly testing

    The New York State Department of Health (DOH) released a COVID-19 mandate on September 2, 2021 that all employees are required to have testing performed at least once a week OR opt-out of the new testing protocols by submitting proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.

    We are pleased to report that our Nyack Bargaining Units had agreed to these protocols through Board-approved Memorandums of Agreements prior to the release of these DOH guidelines. The District is moving forward accordingly. 

    Thank you to our staff and families for their support in maintaining safety as a priority. This community partnership is to protect everyone’s health and safety by preventing the resurgence of COVID-19 cases and in particular, the COVID-19 Delta variant. 

    A robo call, email and text message was sent to our families regarding this update on Friday, September 3rd.

    Nyack Public Schools
  • We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Melissa Pittman, UNE Principal & Ms. Stalina Hernandez, Director of Bilingual Edu/ENL

    Nyack Public Schools is pleased to announce the appointments of Melissa Pittman, Ed. D. as the new principal of Upper Nyack Elementary School and of Stalina Hernandez as Director of Bilingual Education/English as a New Language (ENL). Both administrative appointments were unanimously approved during the August 17 Board of Education Meeting.

    “Melissa and Stalina each bring years of valuable experience to Nyack Public Schools. With their leadership, we will only strengthen how our district provides academic excellence fairly and equitably to all children.

                                                                                              - Mr. Eudes S. Budhai, Superintendent of Schools

    We welcome Dr. Pittman and Ms. Hernandez into our school community.

    Read the August 19 Press Release for more details.

    Nyack Public Schools
  • The American Rescue Plan presentation from the June 8th Community Zoom Meeting is posted here. Feel free to peruse.

    American Rescue Plan Presentation

     

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2021-22 GUIDELINES

REFLECT, REFOCUS, REIMAGINE - August 2021 Presentation

During this school year, the District will update our school community on a regular basis with COVID-19 related communications and resources. Please be informed by checking this webpage on a regular basis. Ongoing guidance will be taken from the NYS Governor's Office, the Rockland County Department of Health (DOH) and the NY State Education Department (NYSED). The health, safety and socio-emotional well-being of all students, staff and families in our beloved community continue to be priority for the 2021-22 school year.

TECH SUPPORT

Check out our TECH DEPT Page for videos on using applications

For technology assistance CALL TECH HELP DESK: 845-353-7075, or

Fill out a quick-access TECH HELP FORM:

Visit our Technology webpage for more resources and useful information.

Community Zoom Meetings & Recordings 2021-22

QUESTIONS?

FOOD PROGRAM

We are here to help!

Free & Reduced Meal Program

2021-22 Free & Reduced Meals Packets:

CALL Gloria Menoutis, District Business Executive, with questions or concerns - 845- 213-9590

TESTING/TRACING

How to Get Tested for COVID-19:

Testing Protocols:

  • The District is implementing new testing protocols as per the NY State Department of Health Commissioner's Issuance on 9-2-21

Contact Tracing Protocols:

  • A public health function performed by DOH to trace all persons who had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • District will be prepared to assist the Rockland DOH and NYSDOH in knowing who may have had contact with a confirmed case
  • keep accurate attendance records of students & staff
  • keeping a log of all visitors to include time, date and school visited
  • Assist DOH in tracing all contacts of the individual at school in accordance with protocol, training and tools provided by the NNY Contract Tracing Program
  • Confidentiality will be maintained as required by federal and state laws and regulations

ARCHIVE OF DISTRICT's 2020-2021 COVID-19 RESPONSE