COVID-19 Update 11-17-20

COVID-19 Update 11-17-20
Posted on 11/16/2020
News update

November 17, 2020   

East Rochester School Community,

We have completed our second day of COVID-19 testing on campus.  After a trial day with a small number of tests on Monday, the district has now tested 140 people and all tests have been negative.

On a related note, the district has been notified that a student and a teacher at the Elementary School have tested positive for COVID-19. The individuals were last in the building on Tuesday, November 10. The Monroe County Health Department informed the district that the cases are not related and it has been determined there were no potential transmittable incidents requiring further attention at this time. 

The health and safety of our East Rochester school community is our top priority. The district will continue to follow protocols and directives from the New York State Departments of Health and Education, along with the Monroe County Health Department. 

We would like to reinforce the importance of wearing masks, social distancing and washing hands to minimize the risk of spread and exposure both on and off campus, especially with the recent spike in numbers across the county. We appreciate your continued efforts to continue to reduce the instances of positive cases here at ER.  

Respectfully,

Jim Haugh

Superintendent of Schools





 

The New York State Department of Health recently updated it’s yellow zone requirements for schools, allowing districts to cease testing if the initial 20% have a positivity rate that is lower than the cluster rate. If the rate is at or above the cluster rate, the district must continue to test 20% of in-person students and staff on a bi-weekly basis. Governor Cuomo has stated again and again that schools are one of the safest places to be, as the vast majority of transmissions have been happening outside of schools. To date, there has been only one case in Monroe County that could have possibly been transmitted in a school district, according to the Monroe County Department of Health. 

 

On that note, we have been notified that a student and a staff member both tested positive over the weekend. However, the Monroe County Health Department informed the district that it has been determined there were no potential transmittable incidents requiring further attention at this time. Neither of the individuals has been on campus since Thursday, November 12. 

 

The New York State Education Department has created a new parent dashboard. The dashboard has information for each school district that is now available to families. This dashboard is separate from the School Report Card the State announced earlier this fall. You can access the dashboard through a link on the homepage of our district website. Parent Dashboard Letter 

 

Finally, I’d like to welcome our remote learners who have switched to hybrid learning back to our building! Students who switched to the hybrid learning model rejoined their in-person classmates today. The next opportunity for remote students to opt into the hybrid model will be at the end of the second marking period pending available classroom space and NYS guidance at that particular time.

 

Thank you, 

 

Jim Haugh

Superintendent of Schools