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Coronavirus and School Closure Update March 20, 2020

 
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Coronavirus and School Closure Update March 20, 2020
by Grace Noone - Friday, March 20, 2020, 10:05 PM
 

Dear Eastchester Schools Community:

I hope this email finds you and your family well, as we have all been facing a challenging adjustment to a new reality. Our team continues tracking and monitoring an ongoing stream of new information and governmental directives so that we can take appropriate action and keep you informed.  

First confirmed staff and student cases of COVID-19

Eastchester UFSD has been notified of its first confirmed Coronavirus cases among students and staff: We are sad to be informed that a parent, as well as a student, from Greenvale tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Additionally, this afternoon, a staff member at the Middle School reported testing positive for the virus. All of the individuals were diagnosed after the last day school was held on March 13th, and none of the individuals reported showing any signs or symptoms of the virus prior to school closing. Both families will be quarantining themselves for 14 days. In accordance with specific guidance from the Health Department, no further action or specific notifications of individuals are indicated.

Based on discussions with the Department of Health, they expect positive cases to increase in all local communities. As the frequency of positive cases increases, our priority will be to inform individuals, as directed by the Department of Health, as opposed to the broader community. The following is the most recent guidance from the CDC for all community members:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf

State testing

  • New York State has announced that all elementary and intermediate New York State assessments have been suspended for this school year.  This includes the 3-8 ELA, 3-8 Math, 4 & 8 Science, K-12 NYSESLAT and 3-12 NYSAA.
  • No information or guidance has been provided about Regents exams as of yet.
  • The AP Program is developing resources to help schools support student learning during extended closures, as well as a solution that would allow students to test at home, depending on the situation in May. Additional information will be posted as soon as it is available.

Do we know whether the closure will be extended beyond March 31?

At this time we have been given no information as to whether the closure will be extended by Governor Cuomo. At the risk of giving you an unsubstantiated prediction based purely on my read of things, I believe it would be prudent to prepare for an extension. 

Whom to contact

As we continue to navigate this extended closure, you may at times wonder whom you should contact with a specific question or concern. Your first point of contact can be your child's teacher or principal via email. For more specific questions, please feel free to contact the following individuals:

  • Questions related to curriculum and instruction - Mr. Scott Wynne, Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction (swynne@eufsdk12.org) or:
  • Questions related to special education and health services - Dr. Noreen Urso, Asst. Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services (nurso@eufsdk12.org) or:
    • Mrs. Erin McGee, Assistant Director of Special Education (emcgee@eufsdk12.org)
    • Questions related to the Committee on Preschool Services - Ms. Christie Garin, CPSE Chairperson (cgarin@eufsdk12.org)
  • Questions related to buildings, facilities, and free and reduced price meal program - Mrs. Lisa Sanfilippo, Asst. Superintendent for Business (lsanfilippo@eufsdk12.org)
  • Questions related to communications, email notifications, etc. - Ms. Grace Noone, Public Information Officer (gnoone@eufsdk12.org)
  • Questions related to technology - Mr. Bill Blum, Director of Technology (bblum@eufsdk12.org)

On another topic

For those who may not have seen our previous notification, the Safety and Security Infrastructure Bond vote that was scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, has been postponed. 

International Day of Happiness

Lastly, today is the International Day of Happiness. As we face the challenges in today's world, let us find ways to stay calm, be wise and be kind. (Dayofhappienss.net)

As always, thank you for your patience and partnership. I wish you health and peace.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rob Glass, Superintendent