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May 26, 2021

Suffolk County Department of Health Services Update on COVID Protocols


April 23, 2021

Public Comments for Reopening Plan Modifications

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March 6, 2021

COVID-19 Travel Advisory

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced new guidelines allowing travelers to New York to “test out” of the mandatory 10-day quarantine for asymptomatic individuals. Travelers from states that are contiguous with New York are exempt from the travel advisory; however covered travelers must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form. Essential workers will continue to be exempt as well. The guidance also applies to any person who has traveled to CDC Levels 2 and higher Health Notice country under the COVID risk assessment.

For any traveler to New York State from a noncontiguous state, US territory or CDC level 2 and higher country, the new guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 10-day quarantine are below:

  • For travelers who were out-of-state for more than 24 hours:
    • Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York.
    • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
    • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests comes back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.
  • For travelers who were out-of-state for less than 24 hours:
    • The traveler does not need a test prior to their departure from the other state, and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State.
    • However, the traveler must fill out our traveler form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic test 4 days after their arrival in New York.

The local health department must make contact with the state the traveler came from, to ensure contact tracing proceeds there as well. All travelers must continue to fill out our traveler form upon arrival into New York State to contribute to New York State’s robust contact tracing program.

The travel guidelines require all New Yorkers, as well as those visiting from out-of-state, to take personal responsibility for compliance in the best interest of public health and safety.

For general inquires contact the call the Hotline: 1-888-364-3065 or Ask a Question.

To file a report of an individual failing to adhere to the quarantine pursuant to the travel guidelines click here or call 1-833-789-0470.

Individuals may also contact their local department of health.


December 16, 2020

Message from the Superintendent: Closure and Shift to Remote

Read the letter: (English) (Spanish)



December 13, 2020
BHS Shifts to All-remote Instruction 12/14/20 – 12/16/20


November 30, 2020

Message for K-5 Remote Learners

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November 25, 2020 

Willingness to Test Letter 

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 Micro-Cluster Letter

 Click here to read the letter in English.
Click here to read the letter in Spanish.

 


November 30 - December 4, 2020
Covid-19 Reports during Remote Learning Week

Dear Parents/Guardian,

In our continued effort to support our families during the remote learning week (November 30-December 4th), please continue to report any positive COVID-19 test results and/or any Department of Health notices or quarantine information that you may receive to the school health office as soon as possible.

In addition, if you have any other questions or health concerns you would like to discuss please feel free to call.

South Haven- Kristine Longo 730-2183
Kreamer Elementary School- Carol Rooney 730-1652
Verne W. Critz- Karen Edmondson 730-1690
Brookhaven Elementary School- Paula Tirelli 730-1710
Frank P. Long- Kerry McCoy 730-1736
Bellport Middle School- Jennifer Bauman 730-1633
Bellport High School- Laura Scalice 730-1580

Thank you,
Kerry Carson
Director of Special Education and Student Support Services


Estimados padres / tutores:

En nuestro esfuerzo continuo por apoyar a nuestras familias durante la semana de aprendizaje remoto (del 30 de noviembre al 4 de diciembre), continúe informando cualquier resultado positivo de la prueba COVID-19 y / o cualquier aviso del Departamento de Salud o información de cuarentena que pueda recibir a la oficina de salud de la escuela lo antes posible.

Además, si tiene otras preguntas o inquietudes de salud que le gustaría discutir, no dude en llamar.

South Haven- Kristine Longo 730-2183
Escuela Primaria Kreamer- Carol Rooney 730-1652
Verne W. Critz- Karen Edmondson 730-1690
Escuela Primaria Brookhaven- Paula Tirelli 730-1710
Frank P. Long- Kerry McCoy 730-1736
Escuela intermedia Bellport- Jennifer Bauman 730-1633
Escuela secundaria Bellport- Laura Scalice 730-1580

Gracias,
Kerry Carson
Director de Educación Especial y Servicios de Apoyo al Estudiante


November 19, 2020
Superintendent's Parent Phase-in Plan Meeting

 

November 19, 2020

Letter to Parents: Revised Phase-In Plan
Click here to read the letter in English
Click here to read the letter in Spanish.


June 19, 2020

School Community Re Budget and Needs Assessment (English)

School Community Re Budget and Needs Assessment (Spanish)


May 29, 2020

June Extended Closure Letter (English)

June Extended Closure Letter (Spanish)


May 15, 2020

Extended Closure and Memorial Day Holiday (English)

Extended Closure and Memorial Day Holiday (Spanish)


April 21, 2020

Extended Closure Through May 15th (English)

Extended Closure Through May 15th (Spanish)


April 13, 2020

COVID-19 Positive Letter (English)

COVID-19 Positive Letter (Spanish)

April 10, 2020

Extended Closure, Regents, Child Care (English)

Extended Closure, Regents, Child Care (Spanish)


April 8, 2020

COVID-19 Positive Letter (English)

COVID-19 Positive Letter (Spanish)


April 7, 2020

COVID-19 Positive Letter (English)

COVID-19 Positive Letter (Spanish)


April 3, 2020

School Community Re: COL Guidelines during Extended Closure (English)

School Community Re: COL Guidelines during Extended Closure (Spanish)

Continuity of Learning PK-2 (English)

Continuity of Learning PK-2 (Spanish)

Continuity of Learning 3-6 (English)

Continuity of Learning 3-6 (Spanish)

Continuity of Learning 7-12 (English)

Continuity of Learning 7-12 (Spanish)


March 31, 2020

Extended School Closure Letter (English)

Extended School Closure Letter (Spanish)


March 29, 2020

COVID-19 Positive Letter (English)

COVID-19 Positive Letter (Spanish)


March 27, 2020

COVID-19 Positive Letter


March 24, 2020

COVID-19 School Closure Information (English)

COVID-19 School Closure Information (Spanish)

Behavioral Health-Social Distancing


March 23, 2020

Student Support Services - Continuity of Learning (English)

Student Support Services - Continuity of Learning (Spanish)


March 20, 2020
Superintendent's Letter re: Moving Forward (English)

Superintendent's Letter re: Moving Forward (Spanish)

Managing Anxiety in an Anxiety-Provoking Situation


March 18, 2020
Superintendent's Letter re: Moving Forward


March 17, 2020
Superintendent's Letter re: Moving Forward


March 13, 2020

Superintendent's Letter re: Restricted Access to Schools


March 12, 2020

This is an important update regarding visitors to our schools, and, use of our school buildings by outside agencies. 

Beginning tomorrow, March 13th, access to our school buildings will be restricted to faculty, staff, and students only, until further notice. Parents and guardians who drop off or pick up students will not be permitted to enter the school building, beyond the security vestibule. Please be advised that the elementary before and aftercare programs, afterschool extra help and enrichment programs and the credit recovery program will run as scheduled.  For additional information please contact your school’s principal.  

Upcoming Parent Teacher Conferences have been postponed until further notice.  In addition, as of tomorrow, March 13th, use of our schools by any and all outside agencies will be suspended until further notice.  

Please note that South Country has NO CONFIRMED cases of COVID-19 reported to us.  This decision is being made out of an abundance of caution concerning our students, faculty and staff and the South Country community. If the district becomes aware that a student or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19, it will immediately notify parents, guardians and staff.  We will continue to be vigilant in our efforts to help prevent the spread of this illness and to protect the health and safety of our school community.

Thank you. 


March 11, 2020
Coronavirus Comments from Dr. Giani – Board of Education Meeting of 3/11/2020

Dr. Joseph Giani, Superintendent of Schools for South Country Central School District commented that Suffolk County currently has 6 confirmed Coronavirus cases.  These cases include individuals from:

  • Greenport (1)
  • Lake Grove (1)
  • Farmingville (1)
  • Ronkonkoma (3) 


While the South Country Central School District does not have any confirmed case of COVID-19, we continue to closely monitor this fluid matter, and we are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the New York State and Suffolk County Department of Health and the New York State Education Department.

I want you to know that in addition to closely monitoring the matter, the District continues to take steps, such as…

  • Performing routine cleaning… and disinfecting throughout its schools.  The District is currently following Centers for Disease Control suggested cleaning protocols.    
  • We are reviewing and updating our response protocols and…
    • following SED’s “managing Emergency Health Care and Communicable Diseases In a School Setting Manual.  
    • BOE Policy 5691 also addresses Communicable Diseases
  • Reviewing and monitoring absenteeism… currently faculty and staff is slightly elevated and students are slightly lower, but no significant change with either.  
  • Our school nurses monitor students coming to the health office.  They send notes home to parents making them aware of even flu-like symptoms during this time of year, and to keep children home when they are ill. 

As another precautionary measure, we have canceled field trips to places off Long Island and to events on Long Island where there is little control of attendees, visitors, and/or cleaning protocols.  

Trips to schools outside of our school district will more than likely be permitted, but will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  

These precautionary measures will be in effect through spring recess (which is April 10th), and may tighten if circumstances change.   

In addition, all school districts recently received a directive from the New York State Department of Health that students and staff returning from currently impacted countries or regions of impacted countries will be required to be quarantined for fourteen (14) days upon their return from one of these areas.  As of today, those areas include: China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, and Japan.  

Therefore, if students or staff are planning to travel to one of these areas, we request you notify the district by contacting your school’s principal as soon as possible.  

We continue to monitor this fluid matter on a daily basis, and will provide updates as needed.  


March 10, 2020
Superintendent’s Letter Re: Coronavirus Update (English)

Superintendent's Letter Re: Coronavirus Update (Spanish)


 



March 5, 2020
Superintendent’s Letter Re: Coronavirus (English)

Superintendent's Letter Re: Coronavirus (Spanish)


February 26, 2020 
Coronavirus Comments from Dr. Giani – Board of Education Meeting of 2/26/2020
Dr. Joseph Giani, Superintendent of Schools for South Country Central School District commented that much in the news today is the Coronavirus Outbreak. As you may know, there are no known cases in New York State and the CDC website still reports the “immediate health risk is considered low.”  However, that does not mean we should not keep the virus on our radar so we are prepared in the event of a local outbreak. Currently our school nurses monitor students coming to the health office reporting similar symptoms of Nausea. Our nurses send notes home to parents making them aware of even flu-like symptoms during this time of year and to keep children home when they are ill, and follow up with those students who do not return to school. We are currently preparing a letter to go home to parents with more information about the virus. The letter will describe symptoms, what is known, how it spreads, and prevention.  We expect that letter to go out sometime in the next few days.

 


 

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