- Public Schools of the Tarrytowns
Message from the Superintendent
January 11, 2021
Dear TUFSD Families and Staff,
On Friday, January 8, 2021 one Sleepy Hollow High School employee and one Sleepy Hollow Middle School student reported positive COVID-19 test results to the District. Contact tracing was completed and no close contacts were identified.
Today, one Washington Irving student, and five Sleepy Hollow High School students have reported positive COVID-19 test results to the District. The District has notified the Westchester County Department of Health, who is responsible for contact tracing. Our District COVID Coordinator, Scott Dorn, is working with the Department of Health on the implementation of this process. The Washington Irving student was not in school during their infectious period and four of the Sleepy Hollow High School students are remote. However, one Sleepy Hollow High School student has been in school. Mr. Dorn’s office will notify those Sleepy Hollow High School students and employees who were close contacts by 6:00PM. The COVID positive employee and students are currently in quarantine.
Additionally, after careful analysis of data provided to the Westchester Department of Health (DOH) by regional school districts, the DOH has provided school districts with updated guidance on quarantining those who have been exposed to individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. This revised guidance was shared with districts late on Friday, January 8, 2021.
Under the new guidance:
- Classrooms who maintain six feet of social distancing and demonstrate mask compliance will no longer need to quarantine.
- Only close contacts (within six feet for a cumulative period of 10 minutes or more) and proximate contacts where individuals have their masks off for greater than ten minutes will be required to quarantine moving forward.
- Only those passengers on a bus that are within six feet will be required to quarantine, formerly, we were required to quarantine all passengers on a bus.
- Moving forward, as with any communicable disease, we will notify classrooms of a case present in the class. This will be done via a generic notification, similar to the Lice notifications that buildings have sent out in the past.
Click here to read the full guidance memo from Westchester County Department of Health.
We will continue to collaborate with our partners at the DOH in the implementation of this revised guidance. This updated guidance is designed to maintain the health and safety of our students and staff and should result in fewer quarantined for proximate contact, provided we continue to adhere to social distancing and mask compliance.
Should you have any questions, please contact Mr. Dorn at 914-332-6253.