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September 9 | A Letter from the Superintendent

Hello VCSD Community,

Tomorrow we begin our new educational journey together. Thank you again for your support and patience as we reinvent our educational environment.  I wanted to get this last scheduled Thursday letter out early.  On a personal note, I am excited to begin my first official year with the Voorheesville School Community.  This year, like others, we will say goodbye to our senior class, the class of 2021, and at the same time welcome the graduating class of 2033.

The first two days of the new school year will be different than in previous years. The district will utilize a phased re-entry schedule for the in-person instruction during the first two student days (September 10th and 11th).

 

Thursday, September 10:

In-School: Grades K-5, Last names A-K

Grade 6- all in-person learners

 

Virtual Remote: Grades 7-12

Students who choose remote learning

 

Friday, September 11:

In-School: Grades K-5, Last names L-Z

 

Virtual Remote: Grade 6, Grades 7-12

Students who choose remote learning

 

Starting Monday, September 14, school will run as scheduled prior to the phased re-entry.

 

In-School: Grades K-6, 10 and 12

 

Virtual Remote: Grades 7, 8, 9, 11

Students who choose remote learning

 

Then on September 15 for grades 7-12, this will mark the first day of the three-day rotation with grades 7 and 11 in attendance.

The phased re-entry days will be used for instruction and allow students to become acquainted with their teachers and classmates, learn about class expectations, and review the health and safety rules.

A couple of high school students put together a look forward video for the new school year with reminders and helpful information. You can view that here.

If you have any questions regarding any of this information, please contact your building principal.

Just a reminder as we are heading back to school buildings, it is essential to mention the district's COVID Screen Attestation.

 To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the potential risk of exposure to our workforce, we are conducting a simple screening. Your participation is essential to help us take precautionary measures to protect you and everyone in this facility. We request you complete this screening every day before entering a facility. Based on your response, you will be informed if you should report to work or enter our facilities.

  • Elementary students/families should submit the form by 8 am on days of attendance. 
  • Grades 6-12 students/families should submit the form by 7 am on days of attendance.

 The building will run a report at 8 am and utilize our OneCall Now system to send an email, phone call, and text to remind families to submit the attestation (survey).

You can access the COVID self-help assessment app here.

Please be aware if your child is showing any of the following symptoms, they are not to report to school:

  • Fever or chills (temperature above 100)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

 Suppose a child or staff member is exhibiting any of the symptoms while on-premises, they will also be sent home ill.

If you or your child(ren) test positive for COVID-19, you must contact your building principal and the department of health.

There are still 14-day quarantine restrictions within the state if you have visited the following:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Florida

You can view the full list and the state quarantine protocols here.

The safety of the employees, students, families, clients, partners, and visitors remains our top priority. Please remember to follow all social distancing protocols to keep our school community safe. For the school to support our community's health and safety, we all must do our best to adhere to the guidelines. Recently, local law enforcement has stated that there has been an increase in gatherings where individuals are not practicing pandemic protocols. If you see or are aware of any large gatherings, please remind those of the proper protocols. We are Voorheesville, and together we will support one another.

We are excited to welcome students back to our schools. Here is to a fantastic new school year. To our community, thank you, again you have all been incredible during this unprecedented time

Sincerely,

Frank Macri

Superintendent