April 12, 2021
Dear Roslyn Families,
I want to share the guidance issued last Friday by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and explain what it means to our everyday quarantine protocols.
Most significantly, and in consultation with our Medical Director Dr. Ron Marino and the Nassau County Department of Health (NCDOH), fully-masked students who remain three feet apart in the classroom may not be considered close contacts and may not be subjected to a quarantine period should a fellow classmate test positive. Each instance will be fully investigated and decided on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the NCDOH.
Going forward, we remain confident that the updated guidance (summarized below) can be safely followed in our school buildings. Our updated ventilation system and mandatory mask wearing, combined with our open window policy on buses and inside schools have successfully kept the virus from spreading in our buildings these past months.
Additional key components of the updated guidance include:
- Physical distance requirements between students in classrooms has been reduced to three feet.
- Face masks are required at all times-except when eating. Six feet of distance must be maintained during meals or snacks whenever possible.
- A minimum of six feet of distance must be maintained between adults (teachers, staff and visitors) and between students and adults.
- Masks must be worn at all times on buses. Individuals should maintain appropriate physical distancing on buses, unless they are members of the same household.
- Six feet of distancing must be maintained for participation in activities that require projecting the voice or playing wind instruments.
- Six feet of distancing must be maintained in common areas whenever possible, including: gymnasiums, cafeterias, auditoriums, hallways, and during recess.
I encourage all parents to remind your children to mask up immediately after eating, as time without a mask increases the risk of quarantine. Also, please note that asymptomatic people who have been vaccinated are not required to quarantine.
I hope this alleviates some of the confusion that invariably takes place whenever new guidance is issued or provided by multiple agencies. Since day one, the Roslyn School District has strived to keep you informed about evolving guidelines and we will continue to do so in the months to come. We believe the new guidance is manageable and will help us keep students safe and in school. Please continue to follow the practice of keeping your child home if they are sick.
Superintendent of Schools