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Superintendent Memo (February 12): Vaccination/Quarantine Update

February 12, 2021

The following message from District Superintendent, Dr. Abitabile, was emailed to all Lansingburgh families on Friday, February 12.

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.

Good afternoon Lansingburgh School Community,

As you know, school staff are currently being vaccinated as quickly as possible as part of the state’s PHASE IB. We are hopeful that a recent state and CDC change will help reduce the need for staff quarantines within our buildings over the next several months, particularly as the COVID-19 POSITIVITY RATE continues to decline in our county and region.  

New York State has ALIGNED with updated CDC GUIDANCE eliminating quarantine requirements for those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 who are exposed to someone suspected or confirmed of COVID-19. 

Please note that individuals must meet the following criteria to avoid quarantine:

  • Are fully vaccinated (two weeks after their final dose)

  • Are within 3 months of receiving their final dose

  • Have remained asymptomatic since the COVID-19 exposure 

Individuals who fail to meet all three criteria must continue to follow current quarantine GUIDANCE after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. 

Vaccinated individuals should continue to follow the NYS TRAVEL ADVISORY according to the updated CDC guidance. 

All school staff (including those who are fully vaccinated) and students should continue to follow our COVID-19 safety protocols, including wearing a mask, social distancing, avoiding crowds, covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands often, and staying home if they are sick. 

Ever upwards, 

Dr. Antonio W. Abitabile, Ed. D.

LCSD Superintendent