Updated COVID-19 Regulations for Schools as of March 2
March 2, 2022
The following message from Lansingburgh Superintendent, Dr. Abitabile, was sent to all Lansingburgh families on Wednesday, March 2.
All school reopening news and COVID-19 updates can be found on the district’s 2021-2022 Reopening Updates page here.
Lansingburgh School Community,
This is a follow up from the message to the one we shared on Sunday about masks no longer being required in school settings. The NYSDOH released further COVID-19 guidance last night and you can read it in its entirety by clicking the following links:
- Guidance: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2022/03/school-guidance-03.01.22.pdf
- FAQs: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2022/03/school-guidance-faqs-for-schools_03.01.22.pdf
What has changed
- Masks are no longer required in school settings, including buses, extracurriculars and before/after childcare.
- The RCDOH has the authority to implement masking requirements that are different from the NYSDOH if they choose.
- If worn, masks may be removed when eating, drinking, singing, going outside or playing a wind instrument.
- In settings where masks are not worn, a close exposure for anyone will now be determined using a 6 FOOT RADIUS and no longer 3 feet, regardless of masking,
- Weekly surveillance testing for students will only be required for those students who have had their parent/guardian previously consent to it and only if the CDC has deemed our region as having a moderate, substantial or high transmission rate (our current rate is “low”).
What remains in place
- Current Isolation and Quarantine Guidance (Test to Stay) as outlined on January 20th
- Click here to review→ https://tinyurl.com/bdxbnhxk
- Masks continue to be required for anyone returning to school during day 6-10 after a COVID-19 infection.
- The District will continue to notify those students and staff who have had close exposure at school to someone who has reported a COVID-19 infection. Those individuals should wear a mask for the following 10 days.
- The District will continue offering free at-home test kits to those who request them.
- To the best extent possible, distancing will be maintained while eating, drinking, singing, going outside or playing a wind instrument.
- Mitigation strategies such as frequent cleaning and disinfection, hand washing, proper cough/sneeze etiquette and social distancing, as feasible.
- Current practice of weekly surveillance testing for unvaccinated staff members.
Thank you for your continued support.
Dr. Antonio W. Abitabile, Ed. D.