This week, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and Education Department (NYSED) issued updated guidelines for school districts for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Ossining School District is following these guidelines and working with the Westchester County Department of Health (DOH) regarding any notifications of exposure.
As I noted in correspondence to families and staff, we do not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19. Under the guidelines, if a school has a
case of COVID-19, the school will be required to close for an initial
, to begin an investigation in collaboration with the Westchester County Department of Health to determine the contacts that person(s) may have had in the school. The results of the investigation will determine if we need to extend the period of time we are closed.
As of this writing, we have no confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), and, as a result, no plans to close our schools have been considered. However, we have several staff members and a student who have been advised by the Westchester County Department of Health to self-quarantine as a result of potential exposure to coronavirus. These individuals currently have no symptoms and the recommendation to self-quarantine is being made (and followed) out of an abundance of caution.
Every exposure will be investigated by the District’s staff and we will consult the Westchester County Department of Health. The District will continue with enhanced cleaning in schools, our transportation company will continue to clean buses, and we will continue to monitor the health and safety in our schools.
I will continue to keep you updated as I receive additional information. Please
to view an archive of our correspondence. We are encouraging all families to make sure their contact information with our schools is up-to-date as well as within our O-blast.