Good afternoon, this is Superintendent Lori Orologio calling all families in the Churchville-Chili School District on Tuesday, April 6, with an informational message. As we approach the fourth marking period, it is important to recognize how far we have come since last March. The uncertainties about the virus and how it spread, along with imposed requirements and restrictions determined our September instructional plans. Increased positivity in the county occurred during the holiday season and prevented any adjustments to our plan.
As of today, the NYSDOH still has not responded to any correspondence and has remained silent. The potential good news is that Gov. Cuomo mentioned in a recent news brief that updated guidance will be forthcoming this week.
We are planning to move forward with our April 19 reopening plan by aligning to the recently approved Onondaga plan that incorporates three foot social distancing and use of barriers. Therefore, it is anticipated that our district should be approved for the same model. To help with the cost of purchasing barriers, we intend to use federal funds and request financial support from our county. With the use of these barriers, it will also reduce the potential impact of quarantine should a student or staff member test positive for COVID.
Our teachers and staff have had full access to schedule and receive the vaccination, and our rates of those becoming fully vaccinated continue to increase. COVID safety measures, daily attestations, wearing facemasks, and cleaning procedures will all remain in place. Although there has been an increase in the number of teens testing positive for COVID in recent weeks across the county, transmission is not occurring in schools.
We intend to reopen five days a week for grades K through six, and four days a week for grades seven through twelve beginning on Monday, April 19. Specific communication regarding any schedule or staff changes will come directly from the principals of each school. Information regarding bus routes and times will be sent to families directly from the Transportation Department. If you have missed any portion of this message, it can be found on our district website.
Note: Full remote is still an option if you selected it for your fourth quarter instructional model.