Taconic Hills Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates & Reopening Plan
Last updated at 3PM on October 26, 2020.
We are centralizing all 2020-2021 School Reopening updates on this page for easy access for our community members.
On Friday, Aug. 7, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that in-person instruction is permitted in all regions of New York state for the start of the 2020-21 school year based on current COVID-19 infection rates, while also outlining new requirements related to school reopening plans.
These requirements include highlighting plans for remote learning, COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, which are all parts of the district’s reopening plan that was recently submitted to the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and New York State Department of Health (DOH).
Reopening Plan - The Taconic Hills Central School District’s reopening plan document for the 2020-2021 school year. This plan was submitted to New York State on July 31st.
COVID-19 Testing & Contact Tracing Plan - The health and safety of our students, our staff and their families is our top priority. We want students and employees to feel comfortable and safe returning to school campuses. Our reopening plan incorporates recommendations and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the New York State Education Department (NYSED).
Remote Learning Plan - The District is providing all parents the option to choose remote-only learning. This option is available for all students at every level for the first quarter of the school year.
Reopening Questions - A list of Questions and Answers from the first Parent/Guardian Informational Session.
The New York State Education Department released guidance to help school districts as they plan to reopen, whether that occurs in person, remotely, or in a combination of the two. The guidance builds on the Framework of Guidance that the Department presented to the Board of Regents on Monday, July 13.
Taconic Hills Central School District administrators have reviewed the guidance, and invite everyone from the school community including teachers, staff and families to read the guidance documents as well. The full 145-page document can be found below:
- Submission of plan via the New York State Department of Education portal (due 7/31/20)
- Wait for Governor Cuomo’s decision on school reopening (to be announced August 1-7)
This is a fluid process. The framework will be updated regularly as new guidance and regulations come out over the coming weeks.
Reopening Task Force
Taconic Hills Central School District has developed a task force to help us move forward with the very difficult task of planning to reopen school for the 2020-21 School Year. We are working closely with federal, state and local agencies and gathering input from our various stakeholders. The task force is comprised of staff, family and community members and divided into eight subcommittees, which are now developing guidelines and recommendations for our plan. As the task force moves forward with their work, the district will provide regular updates to ensure staff, families, and the community are prepared for what the upcoming school year may look like. The main goals of this task force are to minimize risks to public health, address the impacts on student learning and well-being, and seek to optimize operational readiness. As we prepare for reopening the school district, we must remain flexible in our plan as guidance from local, state, and federal governments, as well as coordination with other regional districts will have direct influence on our plan.
No decisions about how school will reopen in the fall have been made and at the moment, there are no changes to the current 2020-21 school calendar. Communication regarding the reopening plan will continued throughout the summer on the school district website, email and our school notification system.
Thank you for your support,
The Taconic Hills CSD Reopening Task Force Team
Taconic Hills Covid Response Group
TH 2020-2021 Parent/Guardian Planning Survey
Taconic Hills developed a survey to collect input from Taconic Hill's Parents and Guardians to assist in decision-making and guidance for reopening the 2020-2021 school year ... Survey Link>>
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Parent/Guardian Planning Survey. The information will be extremely helpful as we plan for the beginning of the 2020-21 school year ... Survey Results >>
If you or a family member begin showing symptoms of a respiratory disease and suspect it may be COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. Before going to your healthcare provider’s office, inform them that a case of COVID-19 is suspected and follow their advice.
Local health departments will contact schools if a suspected or known COVID-19 case emerges. The District is prepared to work with any affected families.
In addition, New York has established a Novel Coronavirus Hotline, which can provide additional information. Call 1-888-364-3065 with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms. The district will continue to share information as it becomes available.
Please know that, as always, the health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority.
New York State Contact Tracing - New York State has partnered with Bloomberg Philanthropies, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Vital Strategies to create the NYS Contact Tracing Program, a nation-leading initiative to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and make it safer to begin to return to normal again.
News & Announcements
New York school districts will be required to provide the Department of Health with daily data on the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 beginning Tuesday, September 8th, 2020. The information will be publicly available on a new online COVID-19 school data tracking dashboard.
STUDENT DROP OFF
Student drop off begins at 7:45 am. Parents can drive to their designated location and wait until a staff member checks your child’s temperature. If your child fails the temperature screening, you will be asked to take them home and contact your doctor.
PK-3 - Elementary Front Entrance
Grades 4-8 - Rear of the Building (designated area behind Elementary School)
Grades 9-12 - Rear of the Building (designated area behind High School)
STUDENT PICK UP
Beginning at 2:30 pm, parents can pick up their child at their designated exit. When you pull up in your vehicle tell a staff member who your child is, sign for them, and we will send them out to you.
Below is a brief video to illustrate safely riding the bus to and from school. Parents should screen their children at home for their health condition prior to sending them to the bus stop.
At the bus stop, students should socially distance. When boarding the bus, students will board and sit sit from the back of the bus first in their assigned seats then fill in towards the front. All riders will wear a mask while on the bus.
Temperatures will be taken upon arrival at school. If a child has a temperature when they arrive at school they will be removed from the bus and isolated and parents will be called to pick them up and take them to their health care provider.
Thank you to our child actors for helping with the video. click on the image to watch the video:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Daily Updates
8/7/2020 - Governor's Announcement on School Reopening
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that New York schools will be able to open this fall. Cuomo said the infection rates due to COVID-19 are low enough so the districts can begin to reopen next month. "By our infection rates, all school districts can open everywhere in the state. Every region is below the threshold that we established, which is just great news," Cuomo said.
Friday's decision is meant to be a preliminary one because the first day of school is still a month away. Each district needs to develop its own reopening plan that gets state approval, including how they will handle coronavirus testing, contact tracing if someone tests positive and how they will address remote learning.
Local Food Pantries
Below is a link to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY where you can find local food pantries in your area including hours of operation.