Taconic Hills Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates & Reopening Plan

This webpage is being updated regularly as new information becomes available. Last updated September 24, 2021.

2021-22 Reopening Plan - The Taconic Hills Central School District’s reopening plan document for the 2021-2022 school year.

Coronavirus Updates
The Taconic HIlls Central School District continues to monitor the situation regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). District administrators meet regularly with each other, with the Columbia County Health Department and other local school districts. We continue to follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and guidance from the NYS Department of Health and the NYS Department of Education.

Preliminary School Opening Plan Provides Full Time In-Person Learning for All Students
All K-12 students will return to full time in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year, according to the Taconic Hills Central School District’s preliminary school opening plan.

Pfizer Vaccine Approved for Children Ages 12-15
Starting May 13, all children ages 12-15 will be eligible to receive the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, meaning all state residents ages 12 and up can now be protected against COVID-19. The state made the announcement following approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the NYS Clinical Advisory Task Force.

Parents who would like their children to receive the COVID-19 vaccine should contact their pediatrician or visit the following website to view and schedule appointments: https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov. You can also call the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829). 

Quarantine Policies
Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.

Students and staff members identified as contacts who are not symptomatic may return to school/work after they have completed their 10-day quarantine.

Return to School Requirements Following COVID-19 Symptoms
The Taconic Hills Central School District has shared updated state requirements for when students can return to school after showing COVID-19 symptoms. The process requires the student to be examined by their health care provider, who has the option of ordering a COVID test or giving a different diagnosis (e.g., a chronic condition unrelated to COVID-19).

If the health care provider orders a COVID test, the student can return to school only with a doctor’s note or the negative test results. Students or staff who have been tested for COVID-19 should remain at home while the results are pending.

If a COVID test is not ordered, the student can return to school with a doctor’s note stating the alternate diagnosis.

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)

Reopening Questions - A list of Questions and Answers from the 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:

Recovering, Rebuilding, and Renewing: The Spirit of New York’s Schools – Reopening Guidance

Reopening Task Force (2020-21)
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 >>


More Information
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.

Resources

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.

Planning for In-Person Classes - The CDC has created a checklist to help with ongoing planning for school year (SY) 2020-2021.

VaxToSchool - New Website for Parents and Guardians with Ready-Made Resources for Schools and Localities.

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Pickup & Drop Off Procedures

Please help us to ensure a safe and smooth arrival / dismissal each day by following the drop off and pick up procedures

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NY Forward Dashboard for Schools

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.

Columbia County Department of Health COVID Updates

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Daily Updates

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.

https://regionalfoodbank.net/agency-list-by-county/columbia/