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Superintendent Memo (February 10): Winter Break Safety Reminder

February 10, 2021

The following message from District Superintendent, Dr. Abitabile, was emailed to all Lansingburgh families on Wednesday, February 10.

Dr. Abitabile's message is also available on district letterhead here.

All school reopening news and COVID-19 updates can be found on the district’s Reopening Updates page here.

Lansingburgh School Community,

As all of you know, District staff has been working diligently to prepare for the upcoming reopening of our buildings and getting our students back in school. There is still much to be done in the next couple of weeks but we are confident that we will be ready when the time comes. With Winter Recess (February 15-19) almost here, I would like to remind everyone about the current New York State COVID-19 travel guidelines.

It has been nearly a year since all of our students have been in their classrooms. Once Winter Recess ends we will begin welcoming them back so I encourage everyone to spend it in ways that let us reopen our buildings for our students and keep them open. Your behavior over the break impacts our entire school community. Please minimize the potential for future school closures by following the travel guidelines below and behaving safely.

Per the state travel guidelines, all Lansingburgh students/families who travel outside of New York State must notify their child’s school. Students will not be permitted to return to school until they comply with all testing and/or quarantine requirements outlined below. This does not include incidental travel (less than 24 hours) or travel to bordering states (VT, MA, CT, NJ and PA).

For travelers (including NYS residents) who were in another state for more than 24 hours (excluding border states):

  • Travelers must obtain a test within three (3) days of departure from that state.
  • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three (3) days.
  • On Day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests come back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.

For travelers (including NYS residents) who were in another state for less than 24 hours (excluding border states):

  • The traveler does not need a test prior to their departure from that state and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State.
  • However, the traveler must fill out the traveler information form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic test four (4) days after their arrival in New York.

I look forward to seeing our students and staff together again.

Ever upwards,

Dr. Antonio W. Abitabile, Ed. D.

LCSD Superintendent