Dear Roosevelt UFSD Families
During this season, I hope you embraced the love of family, friends, and relaxation. In just a few days, we will welcome the Year 2022, where we will remain committed to educating the whole child and guarantee our students and staff are healthy, safe, supported, engaged, and challenged. I appreciate your support in keeping our schools healthy and safe. We can all do our part by getting vaccinated and tested.
Our schools will open on January 3, 2022. To promote a healthy and safe environment amid a rise in COVID-19 cases throughout the community and State, we do so with guidance from the New York State Department of Health (DOH), Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Local Health Department (LHD).
This week, I joined Nassau County Superintendents by attending webinars with the Governor's Office and the Nassau County Department of Health (NCDOH). This Newsletter provides pertinent information. As further details become available, we will keep you informed.
Dr. Deborah L. Wortham, Superintendent
Governor Hochul has informed us of a statewide goal of having as many students as possible tested for COVID-19 as school resumes in person on January 3, 2022. There is no testing mandate for students or staff before our return to school.
Beginning January 3, 2022, schools will distribute free; take-home COVID-19 rapid tests to staff and families when symptoms appear. These tests help Districts achieve the mutual goal of keeping children in school. We will receive an allotment of rapid tests that New York State has purchased for distribution to our schools in the coming days. We will coordinate with the Nassau County BOCES to obtain and distribute these tests. Although
there is no requirement that families test their children with these test kits, they are encouraged to do so. Parents will receive information about retrieving the kits. Students are not allowed to take kits home.
Regular COVID-19 Testing
Our regular site-based COVID-19 testing will continue on Thursdays. Testing is available Tuesday, January 4th as well.
Updated CDC Quarantine Time
The Department of Health has adopted the updated CDC guidance for shortening the recommended isolation period for certain fully vaccinated individuals from 10 days to 5 days. Specifically, where there is a critical staffing shortage, to be determined by the District, an employer may allow an employee to return to work after day 5 of their COVID-19 isolation period if they meet certain specific criteria. This shortened period of isolation only applies to fully vaccinated individuals. There are other criteria employees will be required to follow if allowed to return to work before the 10-day isolation period is complete.
If the District determines that there is a critical staffing shortage that requires shortened isolation periods for certain employees, the District will advise those employees as to the specific requirements of returning to work after day 5 of their COVID-19 isolation period. We are awaiting further information about this and "Test to Stay."
Daily Screening Before Entering
All students, staff, and visitors will continue completing the District's Daily COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire.
Regardless of vaccination status, as governed by the DOH, the District will continue the universal masking mandate by all students, staff, teachers, and visitors. Mask breaks will not take place. The CDC guidance recommends
universal masking in schools to keep children in school and let them be closer together without risking close contact exposure and quarantines.
All those entering our buildings will continue to be required to complete a temperature check. Those with a temperature above 100.1 degrees will not be admitted.
Positive Cases + Quarantine
Principals will continue to follow CDC guidelines for reporting positive cases and contact tracing to the District. This data enables informed decisions about keeping our schools and classrooms open and operating safely.