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September 3, 2021

Golden Knight Family,

The first day of school is drawing near and we are very excited to welcome all of our students back this year.  The NYSDoH’s announcement and release of guidance documents last night have raised challenges that we will need to address in the upcoming days.  Here are the items that we know at this point and that you may plan on for on September 9th:

  • All students will be in-person for 5 days a week.
  • All staff, students, and visitors must be fully masked when inside any YCS building or on any YCS transportation.  People may be unmasked when they are eating, drinking, singing, or playing brass or woodwind instruments.  Students should be 6’ apart during these activities where practicable.
  • Breakfast will be served in classrooms as students come into the building.
  • Students will be eating lunch at desks in the cafeteria.
  • All athletics and activities are proceeding as planned.

I hope that everyone enjoys the last week of summer vacation and is ready for a great year.

Sincerely,

David Furletti



August 25, 2021

York CSD Students and Families,

As we are preparing to return to school, there is a lot of concern and anticipation.  The new Governor’s announcement yesterday of “directing the NYS Health Dept. to issue a mask mandate” gives us more insight into what we can plan for when schools open.  We are seeing another rise in the number of active COVID-19 cases in Livingston County and the YCS community.  We must take all of this into account as we plan to open our doors for all students in September for 5 days a week in person learning.  Similar to last year, our priorities are:

  • Maintain a safe environment for all staff and students
  • Ensure a quality education for all students

Rest assured, we will continue to work with Livingston County Dept. of Health (LCDoH) to watch trends within our county and school district to help make informed decisions as we move through another year under the COVID-19 cloud.

YCSD Masking Guidelines

The District is expecting the formal issuance of a mask mandate to come out later this week.  From the Governor’s speech, we anticipate this to be for all people (students, staff, and visitors) to any school facility or building.  There is already a mandate for all people to be fully masked while on school transportation, this applies to athletics as well.  Right now, we are expecting that there will not be the same mandate for outdoor activities, including athletics.  We are aware that masking remains a topic of debate with very strong opinions.  We also recognize that wearing masks properly can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and will require all people to comply with the mandate unless a medical condition doesn’t permit this.  If this is the case proper documentation must be supplied.

Daily Screening and COVID protocols

Parents/Guardians will be responsible for screening their students daily for symptoms of COVID-19 prior to getting on District transportation or entering YCSD property.  Employees will be responsible for monitoring themselves on a daily basis.  See flow chart for a list of symptoms and appropriate steps to take if symptoms are present.

Fall Athletics

Fall athletics started this past Monday and we are all excited for games to begin. We will require all athletes and spectators to follow mandates put in place.  Right now, many schools are requiring masks for any indoor activities and YCS will do the same to work to ensure student and fan safety.  For outdoor sports, masks are recommended but not required at this time.  The District is starting the season with no restrictions on the number of fans that can attend in person, however if there is a significant rise in the number of COVID-19 positive cases locally, we may adjust this policy.  

COVID-19 Vaccination

The Governor also expressed her desire to issue a vaccination mandate for all school staff.  While this has not been done yet and the District has no choice but to follow any mandate issued.  However we will continue to support students and staff who are interested in obtaining COVID-19 vaccines, but the District WILL NOT mandate COVID-19 vaccines for any of our students or staff unless forced to by NYS.

Since this situation is very fluid in nature and safety is the top priority, the district will work to communicate more frequently as opening day draws closer.  I hope that everyone enjoys the last couple weeks of summer and that all remain safe.

Sincerely,

David Furletti

Superintendent of Schools


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August 4, 2021

Golden Knight Family,

I hope that your summer has been enjoyable and filled with good times, family and friends.  As we start to think about the start of the 2021-22 school year, here is the information that we can share at this time.

  • Start and End Times:  We intend to return to traditional start and end times and school will be five days per week.   
    • Elementary School (K-5):  8:45 AM - 3:15 PM; UPK 8:45 AM – 2:20 PM
    • Middle High School (6-12):  7:47 AM - 2:19 PM
  • Transportation:   Pick up and drop off times will follow the traditional times.  These will be sent as we get closer to the start of the year.  We are assuming that transportation expectations may remain a bit more restrictive.  We anticipate that masks may be required on transportation for all students.
  • Masks and Face Coverings: We are aware that the CDC has recommended increased masking in schools for the upcoming school year. At this time, we have not received any new guidance from the New York State Department of Health as it relates to school reopening. Final decisions about masking protocol have not been determined. We will provide you with updates throughout the month of August as we receive and review any state requirements.
  • Breakfast and Lunch:     Breakfast will be ‘grab and go’ similar to last year.  Due to the number of students eating at the same time, it will be necessary to eat in the rooms.  Lunch will be in the cafeterias this year.  Depending on the distancing requirements, it will be either at tables or desks if the need for greater distancing exists.
  • Temperature checks:     At this point we have not heard anything about the need for daily temperature checks.  If these do become a requirement, we will be asking that they are performed at home prior to getting on a bus or arriving at school. 

As we all know, there has been a lot of discussion but few answers for NYSDoH.  As we receive answers and guidelines, they will be shared as soon as possible.

Sincerely,
David Furletti










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