K-12 COVID-19 Protocols As We Return to School

Dear Voorheesville families,

We are excited to welcome our students back for in-person instruction on Wednesday, September 8. We want you to know that we will do everything we can to make sure that you and your child are comfortable and safe. Voorheesville is a special district. Things may seem different, and they are in certain respects due to COVID-19, but our culture of belonging where students know that their feelings and ideas are valued will never change. Thank you to those of you who expressed your concerns at last night’s meeting.

Our goals are to keep the lines of communication open and to maintain a safe environment so we can keep our students in school. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, Voorheesville Central School district will follow this layered mitigation protocol. It is the plan we first spoke of during the virtual community forum on August 12.

All students, teachers, staff, and visitors are required to wear a mask inside school

Mask wearing is one of several mitigation protocols included in our plan for the year. This is in line with the statewide school mask mandate the New York State Department of Health announced last Friday. Teachers and school staff will offer periodic mask breaks. If masks are removed, the DOH requires individuals to be six feet apart. It is important that we all follow state guidelines for masks and physical distancing to protect our school community.

    • Regardless of vaccination status, masks must be worn inside our school buildings.
    • Any student who does not have a mask will be provided one by our school staff.
    • If a student refuses to wear a mask, the building administration will get involved, parents or guardians will be notified, and we will enact consequences based on Section VI of our Code of Conduct.

    You are no longer required to fill out a daily health attestation form before arriving at school. However, we highly recommend that you continue to make the same self-care health assessments as last year and keep your child home when they are ill. This is a crucial piece to ensuring our schools can stay open.

    Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation in helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As situations evolve, we will be sure to notify you. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.


    Rick Shea, High School Principal
    Jennifer Drautz, Middle School Principal
    Jeffrey Vivenzio, Elementary School Principal
    Frank Macri, Superintendent