- Public Schools of the Tarrytowns
Message from the Superintendent
November 27, 2020
Dear Families and Staff,
I hope you all had a restful Thanksgiving with your families and that you enjoy the remaining days of the holiday weekend. Below you will find some bulleted reminders regarding next week’s schedule and mandated COVID testing which you should find helpful.
- Schedule for Week of November 30: Please note that we will operate on a three-hour delay schedule on November 30 and December 3 to allow for COVID testing among the 20 percent who have been selected in each cohort. Please continue to check this calendar for the most up to date information.
- Mandated COVID Testing: As a Yellow Zone, we are required by New York State to conduct mandatory bi-weekly COVID-19 testing of 20 percent of in-person students and staff to remain open. Here are a few important points about testing:
- We will be using SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen tests that have been provided to the district by the Westchester County Department of Health.
- Tests will be administered by TUFSD nursing staff and volunteers from Boston Children’s Pediatric.
- The tests are conducted using a simple nasal swab which will provide results in fifteen minutes.
- We encourage all families to complete the consent form for testing.
- Faculty and staff will report at their normal time on these days
- Students and staff who received a testing notification from Mr. Dorn’s office are reminded to please report on time to the scheduled testing location and to bring the completed Department of Health form which was attached to their notification.
- Here is the link to the previously shared COVID Testing FAQ for your reference.
- To know exactly what was entailed, I thought it was important to experience the rapid antigen test myself and asked our district’s Medical Director for his assistance, which you can view on this video. Please click on this link to view.
- CDC Recommendation and Holiday Travel Advisory: If you traveled for the holiday, it is imperative that you abide by the New York State mandates. To reiterate, New York State now requires individuals traveling to any state that does not border NY to quarantine for 14 days when reentering the state, unless travel is done within a 24-hour period. Travelers can also “test out” of the 14-day restriction by testing within 72 hours of departing for NY, and then quarantining for three days upon arrival. On the fourth day after arrival the traveler must test again and upon getting a second negative test result are no longer required to quarantine. We take your safety and that of our school community very seriously and appreciate your adherence to these guidelines.
Thank you in advance for your continued flexibility and support as we strive to fulfill the testing mandates required by our community’s designation as a Yellow Zone microcluster.