Article: Message from Superintendent -November 11, 2020

Message from Superintendent -November 11, 2020

Good afternoon Churchville-Chili families,

This message to inform you that three middle school students and two high school students have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and placed into isolation. Three of the cases are directly related. After completing its investigation, the Monroe County Department of Public Health has determined that the students were exposed outside of the school environment. Therefore, the Department of Health has not recommended that any school or classrooms be closed. The students will not return to in-person learning until receiving clearance from county health officials. It is not necessary to take action unless you are personally notified by the Department of Health. 

We were informed that Chestnut Ridge Elementary has been designated in the “yellow” zone. This designation was based upon the COVID-19 rate in the community, not the school. Due to the designation, we will be required to administer a weekly COVID-19 test, rapid shallow nasal swab, of 20% of staff and students each week. This is not the typical nasal pharyngeal test being administered in clinical settings. This shallow nasal swab (Abbott BinaxNOW) can be self-administered (older students) with results being available in approximately 15 minutes. Given our lack of in-school transmission, we anticipate a majority of test results to be negative. With the large number of districts administering the tests across the county, and the anticipated negative test results, we hope to be able to move out of the yellow zone within three weeks as the percentage of spread should decrease to well below 3.0%.

 

Families and staff will be informed via eNews and a district InstantConnect call later this week outlining the specific steps to identify their choice of testing. If we fail to meet the 20% testing requirement, all students will need to transition to remote learning until we are out of the yellow zone. More detail on Zones can be found here

 

A list of reported cases in the Churchville-Chili School District can be found here

Please continue to monitor your child each day for symptoms of COVID-19 and complete the daily health screening using the PikMyKid app. If your child develops COVID-19 symptoms, please contact your child’s healthcare provider as soon as possible. 

Please keep in mind that district notification to our school community of a positive COVID-19 case may be delayed due to the NYS Department of Health requirement that each district receive confirmation from its local health department. Please be assured that once we have received confirmation, information will be relayed to our families and documented in the COVID-19 Report Card as soon as possible. The student cases from today will be reported into the 

COVID-19 School Report Card database tomorrow. 

Just a reminder that we will be providing an informational session regarding second quarter instructional models, the impact of micro-clusters due to community spread and upcoming COVID-19 testing on Thursday, November 12 at 4:00 p.m. You can join the session by using the district’s YouTube channel. If you have a question you would like answered please complete this form by noon on Thursday, November 12. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding of these new requirements as we work through this challenge of community spread.

Sincerely, 

Lori Orologio

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