Members of the Rensselaer City School District Community:
Yesterday, we received guidance that answered many questions about this year. The New York State Department of Health finally issued interim guidance for classroom instruction this school year and a Commissioner’s Determination on COVID testing in schools.
The 12-page guidance document addresses the minimum expectations for instruction and operations. Many of our health and safety protocols will remain the same from last year – and the new DOH regulations are consistent with the most recent CDC guidance. In fact, the guidance document recommended that schools review their prior year’s plans, eliminate outdated measures, and adopt current CDC recommendations (which we had already done).
We also received a flowchart that clearly outlines how contact tracing will work this year. This is helpful in understanding the priorities of the Department of Health and how we can design the safest and most productive instructional environment for our students.
At this time, we are working together with local school districts and our county department of health to facilitate the staffing, supplies and information that will be required to implement the Commissioner’s Determination on the testing of students, staff, and contractors as soon as practicable to ensure a safe environment for our students and staff. Funding for this has not been released by the state to allow schools to fulfill this new requirement.
Thanks again to the entire community for remaining flexible, adaptive, and patient as we bring all of our students back to school.
Don’t forget to visit MySchoolBucks.com to register for Chromebooks for all students in grades 5-12. Specific instructions are available on our Welcome Back page. Many students still have not signed up yet.
We can’t wait to see all of our students on Tuesday morning!