10-01-21 School Guidance Update to Families and Staff
October 1, 2021
Dear Williamsville Central School District Families and Staff,
Last week, the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) adopted New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) guidance for schools operating during the COVID-19 global health pandemic. NYSDOH guidance can be viewed on the District’s COVID-19 Education page: Interim Guidance for Classroom Instruction in P-12 Schools During the 2021-2022 Academic Year. After careful review and clarifications, we wanted to share updated health and safety information with you.
First, entire classrooms will no longer be quarantined after two confirmed cases of COVID-19. This does not mean entire classrooms cannot be quarantined, but that if there are two cases in the class they will not automatically be placed into quarantine.
Second, close contacts on the bus are now defined as anyone sitting within 6-feet of a student with a confirmed COVID-19 case for 15 minutes cumulatively over a period of 24 hours. Please remember that students are required to sit in their assigned seats. Assigned seating is an important practice that will help identify close contacts in the event of a positive case of COVID-19.
Another important aspect in adopting NYSDOH guidance is that athletic teams will no longer have to go on a 10-day pause due to a confirmed COVID-19 case. While there may be student-athletes identified as close contacts and therefore need to quarantine, practices and games will continue as scheduled.
Next, I want to share that daily health screenings are optional under the NYSDOH guidance. Beginning Monday, the District will no longer be sending daily text message reminders or having parents/legal guardians fill these out prior to sending their child to school. That said, please be sure to monitor your child for any signs and symptoms of COVID-19. If your child presents with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 regardless of their vaccination status or tests positive for COVID-19, please keep them home, contact your building of attendance, and your primary care provider.
I also want to update parents and community members regarding volunteering in our buildings. Moving forward, volunteers who enter our buildings will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated in order to volunteer for events or activities. Please know that while there are limited opportunities to volunteer in the school building, we hope to increase these opportunities in the future. If you have any questions about this mitigation practice or procedure, please contact your building principal.
Thank you for your continued cooperation.
Dr. Darren J. Brown-Hall
Superintendent of Schools