Article: Message from Superintendent - November 12, 2020

Message from Superintendent - November 12, 2020

11/12/2020, 8 p.m.

Good evening Churchville-Chili families,

We are sending this message to inform you that one Fairbanks Road Elementary student and two high school students have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and placed into isolation. These cases are not directly related. 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.

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 have been submitted into the

COVID-19 School Report Card database tomorrow. 

 

We are finalizing a COVID-19 shallow nasal swab (Abbott BinaxNOW) testing plan for students and staff at Chestnut Ridge Elementary. The “yellow zone” designation was based upon the COVID-19 rate in the community, not the school. Due to the designation, 20% of staff and students each week shall be tested each week with the full student body and staff being tested at the conclusion of five weeks. This shallow nasal swab (Abbott BinaxNOW) can be self-administered (older students) with results being available in approximately 15 minutesThis short video displays the shallow nasal swab testing process. With the large number of districts administering the tests across the county, along with 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 be reduced (<3.0%).

 

CRS families and staff will be informed via eNews and an InstantConnect call on Friday outlining the specific steps needed to identify their choice of testing and complete their form. If we fail to meet the 20% testing requirement each week, all CRS students will need to transition to remote learning until we are out of the yellow zone.

 

While these choices are specific to CRS selected to begin testing next week, we intend to follow similar options should the rest of the district reach yellow zone designation.

Ø  Choice for families: 

  • trained staff administer swab test

  • parent present with child for swab test (during the day or Wednesday evening by appointment), or 

  • parent takes child to physician or local pharmacy for rapid test and submit results to school nurse. (note: older students self-administer with trained staff guidance)

 

Ø  Choice for staff: 

  • trained staff will administer swab test

  • staff member self-administers swab test in presence of trained staff or

  • staff members goes to personal physician or local pharmacy for rapid test and submit results to school health personnel

A recording of today’s informational session regarding second quarter instructional models, the impact of micro-clusters due to community spread and upcoming COVID-19 testing is posted here on the District’s YouTube page. 

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

Sincerely, 

Lori Orologio

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