Pandemic Updates

Latest Update

October 19, 2020

On October 18, the District was informed that a Valley Central High School teacher tested positive for COVID-19. We have contacted the Orange County Department of Health (OCDOH) to assist them with the identification and contact of the staff members and parents/guardians of all students that were probable direct, close or proximate contacts with the infected individual in the classroom/school building or on the school bus.  The OCDOH will make the final determination as to who is considered a close or proximate contact and will inform those that need to do so, to quarantine for 14 days from the last date of contact with the infected individual.  We are working cooperatively with the OCDOH to provide them with contact information for those who may have been exposed.

High School students and most staff members are not in attendance today and the building has been properly cleaned and disinfected in accordance with the guidance of the New York State Department of Health. The High School will reopen on Tuesday for in-person instruction for Team 2 and all students who receive five day a week in-person instruction.

We strongly recommend that you take action to help limit the spread of COVID-19, even if your child is not experiencing symptoms. Please answer the phone if the Health Department contacts you.  A contact tracer may be trying to reach you with important information.  Parents/guardians must also do their part by checking their child’s temperature each morning and checking for any symptoms of COVID-19.  According to the OCDOH, the specific symptoms of COVID-19 include: 

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Anyone with a fever of 100 degrees or more, or any symptom of COVID-19, must remain home and parents/guardians should contact their health care provider and school nurse for further procedures/protocols.

We are confident that the protocols that we have put in place in our schools including social distancing, the requirement for wearing a mask throughout the day, and cleaning and sanitizing practices will help minimize the spread of this virus to others.

We will continue to keep our school community informed regarding how this virus is affecting our schools. Our priority is to inform the Orange County Department of Health and those families and staff that may have been exposed first. Please do not rely on social media commentary for information.  You should contact the District or your school if you have questions, but please understand that, due to medical privacy laws, we are not able to release the names of the individual(s) with COVID-19. We will continue to communicate changes and updates with you.  With your participation, we believe we can create a safe and fun experience for your children. 

October 15, 2020

On October 15, the District was informed that three students, one at Walden Elementary School, one at the Middle School and one at the High School tested positive for COVID-19. We have contacted the Orange County Department of Health (OCDOH) to assist them with the identification and contact of the staff members and parents/guardians of all students that were probable direct, close or proximate contacts with the infected individual in the classroom/school building or on the school bus.  The OCDOH will make the final determination as to who is considered a close or proximate contact and will inform those that need to do so, to quarantine for 14 days from the last date of contact with the infected individual.  We are working cooperatively with the OCDOH to provide them with contact information for those who may have been exposed.

In order to ensure that all three of these buildings have been properly cleaned and disinfected in accordance with the guidance of the New York State Department of Health, the High School, the Middle School and Walden Elementary will all have 100% remote instruction for all students on Friday, October 16.  Due to staffing challenges created by the quarantine period, the High School and the Middle School will remain on remote instruction for all students on Monday, October 19.  Walden Elementary School will reopen on Monday for in-person instruction for Team 1 and all students who receive five day a week in-person instruction.  The High School and the Middle School will reopen on Tuesday for in-person instruction for Team 2 and all students who receive five day a week in-person instruction.

We strongly recommend that you take action to help limit the spread of COVID-19, even if your child is not experiencing symptoms. Please answer the phone if the Health Department contacts you.  A contact tracer may be trying to reach you with important information.  Parents/guardians must also do their part by checking their child’s temperature each morning and checking for any symptoms of COVID-19.  According to the OCDOH, the specific symptoms of COVID-19 include: 

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Anyone with a fever of 100 degrees or more, or any symptom of COVID-19, must remain home and parents/guardians should contact their health care provider and school nurse for further procedures/protocols.

We are confident that the protocols that we have put in place in our schools including social distancing, the requirement for wearing a mask throughout the day, and cleaning and sanitizing practices will help minimize the spread of this virus to others.

We will continue to keep our school community informed regarding how this virus is affecting our schools. Our priority is to inform the Orange County Department of Health and those families and staff that may have been exposed first. Please do not rely on social media commentary for information.  You should contact the District or your school if you have questions, but please understand that, due to medical privacy laws, we are not able to release the names of the individual(s) with COVID-19. We will continue to communicate changes and updates with you.  With your participation, we believe we can create a safe and fun experience for your children. 

VC Reopening Plan: Health and Safety

October 2, 2020

The document from the NYS DOH has easy to read flow sheets that tell a parent when they should keep a student home or what will happen in school if a child becomes ill.

Please note that if a parent does not take their child to a healthcare provider when ill with symptoms, they must keep their child home for 10 days minimum.  

September 25, 2020

We were informed late this afternoon that an Alternative Learning Center student tested positive for COVID-19. We have contacted the Orange County Department of Health (OCDOH) and they have advised us that they will identify and contact the parents/guardians of all students and staff that they determine are probable “close contacts” in the classroom/school building or on the school bus. The Orange County Department of Health will make the final determination as to who is a close contact and will inform those that need to quarantine. We are working cooperatively with the OCDOH to provide them with contact information for those who may have been exposed.

We are confident that the protocols that we have put in place in our schools including social distancing, the requirement for wearing a mask throughout the day, and cleaning and sanitizing practices will help minimize the spread of this virus to others.

Parents/guardians must also do their part by checking their child’s temperature each morning and checking for any symptoms of COVID-19. Anyone with a fever of 100 degrees or more, or any symptom of COVID-19 must remain home, and parents/guardians should contact their health care provider and school nurse for further procedures/protocols.
We thank the student’s parents/guardians for following these protocols and contacting us immediately so that we could begin our work of informing affected families. I know you join us in wishing the student a speedy and complete recovery.

We will continue to keep our school community informed regarding how this virus is impacting our schools. Our priority is to inform the Orange County Department of Health and those families and staff that may have been exposed first. Please do not rely on social media commentary for information and contact the district or your school if you have questions.

September 15, 2020

The District would like to make the community aware of an error in its COVID-19 Report Card. A teacher tested positive for COVID-19 prior to the beginning of school. That teacher did not return to work until fully cleared by a physician and the Department of Health. The teacher was cleared to work prior to students beginning remote instruction on September 4, 2020.  The teacher was reported on the COVID-19 dashboard in error, but the Department of Health has told us we are unable to correct the report. We would like to assure the community that the District continues to adhere to all health and safety requirements set forth by the Department of Health as well as those set forth in the District’s Reopening Plan.  

September 10, 2020

Gov. Cuomo is requiring all public schools in the state to submit daily information of staff and students regarding COVID-19 positive percentages.  He made this announcement on September 8, 2020. The information is submitted to a NYS School COVID Report Card website, which the state then updates to make the information available  to the public. VCSD has been submitting the information as required. 

July 20, 2020

In recent weeks the District has received requests for the use of District facilities and school grounds.  The District, under Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.4 and its subsequent amendments is closed to the public, except for essential functions.   

District policy outlines the permissible uses of school grounds and facilities, including the required application procedure for the use of District facilities at least 30 days prior to the date of requested use.  Please be advised that due to the closure of schools, the District is not accepting applications for the public use of school facilities at this time.  The District reserves the right to restrict such use when schools reopen, in order to accommodate the District’s primary function of educating District students and to maintain the health and safety of the community. 

 


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