Instructional Plan Update from COVID-19 Coordinator

This week our Valley Central sixth graders, eleventh graders and twelfth graders joined our elementary students in returning to five days a week in-person instruction. Teachers, parents and students are reporting about the benefits they are experiencing already. This was only possible through collaboration with administrators, teachers, staff members and families.  Thank you to everyone who made this possible. 

The Middle School team has been working diligently to determine the safest way to bring our seventh and eighth graders back to school five days a week as soon as possible.  Beginning Wednesday, May 5th, our seventh and eighth graders will return to the building for five days a week of in-person instruction, if they had previously chosen this method of instruction. Due to NYS testing on Monday and Tuesday, we feel this is the best time to make this transition. 

As a reminder, ninth and tenth graders who chose 5 days a week instruction will begin that program on Monday, May 3rd. 

As you are aware, the new guidance states that schools must request feedback from parents prior to initiating such a change. The Valley Central School District held a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, April 21st and we were able to hear from many of you and answer your questions. However, if you have any additional questions or concerns that you have not brought to our attention, I ask that you please email me at marianne.serratore@vcsdny.org. 

Our District Nurse Coordinator has been in communication with the OCDOH, as well as our District Medical Director.  Because there is no data showing increased cases with just quarantining surrounding students six feet apart and because of the new guidelines, we have recently changed our quarantine practice. With increased ventilation, masks, the use of seating charts and other means, we will now be able to only quarantine students that have been within 6 feet of a person that tested positive for COVID 19.  This will decrease the number of students needing to quarantine and allow for less disruption to their lives. 

Thank you for your continued support of the Valley Central School District.