Article: Message from Superintendent - November 13, 2020

Message from Superintendent - November 13, 2020

This message to inform you that one remote middle school student and one Chestnut Ridge Elementary student 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. The student cases from today have been submitted into the COVID-19 School Report Card database.

We have finalized our testing plan for CRS hybrid students and staff. We will begin with our fourth graders and some third graders during the week of November 16. Students will bring home an informational sheet for parents to review and sign. Each CRS family will have the following choices specific to testing their child: a trained school official will perform a nasal swab, a parent will be with student for school official to perform a nasal swab, a parent will perform a nasal swab on their child in presence of a school official, the student will self-administer a nasal swab in the presence of a school official, or the parent will use an outside source to obtain a rapid test for their child and provide the results to the school nurse no later than Thursday afternoon of their designated week. The consent form must be provided to the CRS school nurse or school official prior to testing. Students will be tested during their hybrid in-person day on Tuesday or Thursday and parents may schedule individual appointments for Wednesdays by contacting the school nurse.

This shallow nasal swab (Abbott BinaxNOW) can be self-administered (older students) with results being available in approximately 15 minutes. Families will only be contacted should their child’s results be positive. This 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%).

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. 

Thank you for your continued support and collaboration.



Lori Orologio

Resources: student form and staff form

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