We are very confident that 2021 is going to be a positive year for the Valley Central community. Opening our doors for in-school instruction in a safe manner is our top priority.
We will return to our hybrid model beginning on Tuesday, January 19th. In order to increase the amount of in-person instruction, we will bring students back into the buildings on Wednesdays, beginning Wednesday, February 3rd. Because Team 1 has received less in-person instruction than Team 2, Team 1 will attend school every Wednesday during the month of February. Beginning in March, we will alternate in-person instruction for Team 1 and Team 2, however, we will provide a few extra days for Team 1 to make it equitable. A calendar will be provided shortly specifying the days.
It is very important for all of you to know that at this time if the District is designated a Yellow, Orange, or Red Zone by the Department of Health, we will be required to test 20%-30% of our students and staff over the period of a month. We have partnered with Horizon Medical to perform the COVID-19 testing for our staff and students, should we require mandatory testing by NYS to remain open. Testing will be done only if we fall in a Yellow, Orange, or Red Zone, as determined by the OCDOH. Medical insurance, if applicable, will be billed. No copays apply. Only students and staff who have consented will be tested. If you will consent to have your child tested, please fill out these forms as soon as possible and email them back to the school nurse in your child(ren)’s school building. Parents must give consent for a student to be tested by filling out the VC COVID Testing Form and the HIPAA Universal Form. The contact information for each building’s school nurse is found on the Health Services Page of our website.
As we have experienced, the protocols for quarantine may make it difficult for us to keep our doors open, especially at the secondary level. We assure you we will do our best, however the landscape changes very quickly and we all need to remain flexible.
If you have not completed the following form to provide us with feedback, please take a moment to do so. You can access the form here:Parent Feedback Form. Your input is very valuable to us and assists us in making decisions as we move forward.
Lastly, I would like to let you know that Wednesday, January 13th will be an asynchronous learning day. Teachers will post assignments and videos, however, they will not be available for synchronous learning. We are using this day as a recalibration day in order to best prepare for the return of students to the buildings.
We have been assured by state and local officials that school buildings are one of the safest places to be. As always, please feel free to contact Central Office at any time with questions or concerns.
John Xanthis, Superintendent
Marianne Serratore, Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction and COVID Officer
William Miller, Asst. Superintendent for Human Resources
Brad Conklin, School Business Official