August 12 Superintendent Letter to Parents

 August 12, 2021
Dear Parents and Guardians,                                                        

Covid-19 continues to be a factor in our schools and community. The CDC, the State Education Department, and the Health Department have made suggestions for dealing with Covid-19  in our schools but have left the responsibility and the final decisions to Superintendents and Boards of Education. I have reviewed the various recommendations and suggestions from the agencies identified above and we have decided the following.

  1. Masks will be required of anyone in our school buildings. Since vaccinated individuals can still spread the virus to others, they too are required to wear a mask anytime they are in the school buildings.
  2. We will continue to follow our practice of taking temperatures of everyone entering the school buildings.
  3. We will follow the CDC guidelines regarding social distancing of 3 feet whenever possible.
  4. We are NOT going to ask students or parents if they have taken the vaccine, had Covid-19 in the past, or other personal questions since we are acting in a proactive way with the precautions mentioned above.
  5. There will be no hybrid instruction. All students are expected in school every day. This is similar to what NYC, the states of Connecticut and New Jersey, and others have decided.
  6. We will continue the practice of spraying our busses every evening so that each day we will begin with clean and germ-free or germs minimized busses. We will also deep clean our classrooms every evening as we did last year.

We believe that our precautions offer a good deal of prevention and when there is a case, we can contact trace and follow the Health Department guidelines for responding to a case of covid-19 in our schools. Should you have any questions regarding this response to covid-19, please contact my office and we can discuss this response plan.

My first priority is the safety of our students. Sometimes what we must do in order to achieve that goal may be difficult and or not popular. After 46 years in education, I think I know how to keep students safe. They will always be my first priority. Thank you.

Sincerely yours,

John C. Morgano Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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