October 13, 2020
Dear Catskill Parents and Guardians:
Please allow this letter to serve as follow-up correspondence to the information that was provided to you on Saturday, October 10, 2020 regarding the positive COVID case at our elementary school. As per State Education Department (SED) and NYS Department of Health guidelines, the District followed its reopening plan and took immediate steps to notify the Greene County Department of Public Health (“GC DOPH”). Since Saturday, the District has been working closely with the GC DOPH and has followed all guidance provided by them. GC DOPH took the lead role in steps that were necessary such as additional testing of individuals or contact tracing.
This morning, I received clearance from the Greene County Department of Public Health to reopen our schools. The District will continue with virtual learning tomorrow Wednesday, October 14, 2020 as per our reopening plan and our staff will report back to their assigned buildings and classrooms. I am pleased to inform you that Hybrid instruction will begin on Thursday, October 15, 2020 with students, who are designated as Group B, to receive in-person instruction.
I want to reassure you that I take the health and safety of our children and staff very seriously. All buildings on campus have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, in accordance with guidance from the New York State Department of Health and the CDC. A deeper cleaning occurs on Wednesdays and Saturdays by a contracted cleaning service.
A daily screening is done for staff members prior to the start of the school day. Daily screening will also occur for students when they return to campus on Thursday, October 15, 2020. I encourage you to check your child’s temperature at home before they come to school. Your cooperation with this screening and with our reopening plan is greatly appreciated and will help lead to a safer school environment.
In closing, if you have particular questions or concerns, you may wish to contact the Greene County DOPH at (518) 719-3600. In these challenging times, rest assured that the District’s priority is protecting the health, welfare, and safety of students and staff while complying with government orders and guidance related to the opening of schools.
As always, I can be reached at (518) 943-4696 for questions as well.
Dr. Ronel Cook,
Superintendent of Schools