Whitehall Central School District

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Important Update from the Superintendent

12-14-2020

December 14, 2020
Good Morning,

The Whitehall School District was notified today, December 14, 2020 of a second COVID Positive case that was in our Elementary Building on December 9th.

As a result of the positive case that was shared last week as well as this most recent notification, Students that were in attendance on either of the following dates (December 8th & 9th) in the following classrooms Must Quarantine through December 23, 2020:

Elementary No WIFI room
High School No WIFI room
Ms. McCotter's class
Ms. Wickams class
Ms. Parker's Class
Ms. Amanda Fowlers class
Ms. Seybolts class

Additionally, Students that were in attendance in any of the following classes on December 9 th Must also Quarantine through December 23, 2020:  

Ms. Durkees class
Ms. Trottiers class
Ms. L. St.Clair's class
Ms. Kuhls class
Ms. Hoaglands class
Ms. Hokes class

Families of students in each of these classrooms on the dates listed will, if they have not already, receive a formal call from the NYS Contact Tracers.

Thank you all for your compliance with this important matter.

Important Update from the Superintendent

12-11-2020

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The district learned on Friday, Dec. 11 that an individual in the Whitehall School District has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual was last in the building Wednesday morning, Dec. 9.

The district has been working closely with Washington County Public Health Services to perform contact tracing. At this time, the county is in process of contacting those individuals that will need to quarantine.

Due to the number of individuals who will be required to quarantine, in an abundance of caution, the elementary school will pivot to all remote instruction beginning Monday, Dec. 14, through Wednesday, Dec. 23.

Please know that this was an incredibly difficult decision that was made in consultation with the Washington County Public Health Services. We know the importance of keeping our students in school, however, with the number of elementary school staff and students impacted by contact with the positive individual, we simply have to move to a remote learning model to ensure that all students are receiving instruction.

Please understand that there is not a COVID outbreak in the district. This is not a closure of school, but a temporary shift in the instructional model. Students will still be expected to log-in or follow the plans previously set by their teachers for daily instruction. I want to remind families that our school buildings continue to be a safe place, but this is a unique situation.

Please note that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other privacy laws restrict us from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information. We cannot identify anyone who has tested positive.

Please remember that our community must continue to work together to ensure overall public health. Following guidelines regarding masks, social gatherings and social distancing is important both inside and outside of school buildings. If your child shows any possible symptoms, please be certain to seek the advice of your family physician. Thank you for your cooperation and commitment to keeping everyone safe.

Any additional questions, including information about testing procedures, can be directed to Washington County Public Health Services at 518-746-2400.

Sincerely,

Patrick Dee
Superintendent of Schools

Important Memo from the Superintendent

12-10-2020

December 11, 2020

Good afternoon,

While I hate to be the bearer of bad news, I must inform you that we were notified of a COVID positive case in our elementary building this afternoon. That individual was present in the building all day on Wednesday and has impacted multiple classroom locations. As such, Washington County Public Health will be working on contact tracing in reference to this matter.

Those individuals impacted will receive a call from the Washington County Public Health or from a phone line that indicates "Contact Tracer" it is important that you answer your telephone.

I continue to wait for additional guidance from Public Health on the specifics of the quarantine and the time frame (if any) that the elementary building may need to go full remote. I will keep everyone apprised of this information as I have additional conversations with Public Health.

I am terribly sorry for the inconvenience as we are so close to the holidays. I am however, encouraged by the fact that the Whitehall Community is strong and will do what is necessary to maintain the safety of our community.

Please be safe, and be well.

Best,

Patrick

In the Event of a Positive COVID Result Policy

09-18-2020

September 18, 2020

Dear Parents, Faculty and Staff,

As the school districts across New York State have reopened for the 2020-2021 school year, the guidelines for the continued daily operation of the district continue to be reviewed, modified, and updated. Specifically, the Department of Health has provided a revised protocols in the event that there is a Confirmed COVID positive case in the district.

If the Washington County Department of Health has a confirmed positive COVID diagnosis of a student, faculty or staff member, the district will be applying an automatic closure and period of remote learning for the entire building in which the positive case exists for a minimum period of twenty-four (24) hours. During this period, the district will work in conjunction Department of Health, who will begin their initial investigation and contact tracing procedure. The results of the Department of Health investigation will then determine the extent of possible exposure and recommendations for further quarantine and/or reopening the district.

In the event that we have a positive case on campus, I will notify the community of that fact as well as the date(s) of the closure via Robo-Call as well as a posting on our website. As such, it is VERY important that the district has an accurate telephone number as well as email address for you. While we hope that the district will continue to remain COVID free, we want to ensure that we inform our community of the various scenarios that we may encounter.

We appreciate your continued support of the district during these trying times. If you should have any questions regarding this information, I would encourage you to please contact your child's administrator or myself.

Sincerely

Patrick Dee
Superintendent of Schools

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Raptor Screening Beginning Monday

09-17-2020

Beginning Monday, 9/21/2020, COVID Screening emails will delivered to your emails for Elementary Students.

Please check out the links below for more information
Parent Letter
Parent Guide
Video Instructions

Important Update from the Superintendent

12-14-2020

December 14, 2020
Good Morning,

The Whitehall School District was notified today, December 14, 2020 of a second COVID Positive case that was in our Elementary Building on December 9th.

As a result of the positive case that was shared last week as well as this most recent notification, Students that were in attendance on either of the following dates (December 8th & 9th) in the following classrooms Must Quarantine through December 23, 2020:

Elementary No WIFI room
High School No WIFI room
Ms. McCotter's class
Ms. Wickams class
Ms. Parker's Class
Ms. Amanda Fowlers class
Ms. Seybolts class

Additionally, Students that were in attendance in any of the following classes on December 9 th Must also Quarantine through December 23, 2020:  

Ms. Durkees class
Ms. Trottiers class
Ms. L. St.Clair's class
Ms. Kuhls class
Ms. Hoaglands class
Ms. Hokes class

Families of students in each of these classrooms on the dates listed will, if they have not already, receive a formal call from the NYS Contact Tracers.

Thank you all for your compliance with this important matter.

Important Update from the Superintendent

12-11-2020

View as PDF

The district learned on Friday, Dec. 11 that an individual in the Whitehall School District has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual was last in the building Wednesday morning, Dec. 9.

The district has been working closely with Washington County Public Health Services to perform contact tracing. At this time, the county is in process of contacting those individuals that will need to quarantine.

Due to the number of individuals who will be required to quarantine, in an abundance of caution, the elementary school will pivot to all remote instruction beginning Monday, Dec. 14, through Wednesday, Dec. 23.

Please know that this was an incredibly difficult decision that was made in consultation with the Washington County Public Health Services. We know the importance of keeping our students in school, however, with the number of elementary school staff and students impacted by contact with the positive individual, we simply have to move to a remote learning model to ensure that all students are receiving instruction.

Please understand that there is not a COVID outbreak in the district. This is not a closure of school, but a temporary shift in the instructional model. Students will still be expected to log-in or follow the plans previously set by their teachers for daily instruction. I want to remind families that our school buildings continue to be a safe place, but this is a unique situation.

Please note that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other privacy laws restrict us from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information. We cannot identify anyone who has tested positive.

Please remember that our community must continue to work together to ensure overall public health. Following guidelines regarding masks, social gatherings and social distancing is important both inside and outside of school buildings. If your child shows any possible symptoms, please be certain to seek the advice of your family physician. Thank you for your cooperation and commitment to keeping everyone safe.

Any additional questions, including information about testing procedures, can be directed to Washington County Public Health Services at 518-746-2400.

Sincerely,

Patrick Dee
Superintendent of Schools

Important Memo from the Superintendent

12-10-2020

December 11, 2020

Good afternoon,

While I hate to be the bearer of bad news, I must inform you that we were notified of a COVID positive case in our elementary building this afternoon. That individual was present in the building all day on Wednesday and has impacted multiple classroom locations. As such, Washington County Public Health will be working on contact tracing in reference to this matter.

Those individuals impacted will receive a call from the Washington County Public Health or from a phone line that indicates "Contact Tracer" it is important that you answer your telephone.

I continue to wait for additional guidance from Public Health on the specifics of the quarantine and the time frame (if any) that the elementary building may need to go full remote. I will keep everyone apprised of this information as I have additional conversations with Public Health.

I am terribly sorry for the inconvenience as we are so close to the holidays. I am however, encouraged by the fact that the Whitehall Community is strong and will do what is necessary to maintain the safety of our community.

Please be safe, and be well.

Best,

Patrick

In the Event of a Positive COVID Result Policy

09-18-2020

September 18, 2020

Dear Parents, Faculty and Staff,

As the school districts across New York State have reopened for the 2020-2021 school year, the guidelines for the continued daily operation of the district continue to be reviewed, modified, and updated. Specifically, the Department of Health has provided a revised protocols in the event that there is a Confirmed COVID positive case in the district.

If the Washington County Department of Health has a confirmed positive COVID diagnosis of a student, faculty or staff member, the district will be applying an automatic closure and period of remote learning for the entire building in which the positive case exists for a minimum period of twenty-four (24) hours. During this period, the district will work in conjunction Department of Health, who will begin their initial investigation and contact tracing procedure. The results of the Department of Health investigation will then determine the extent of possible exposure and recommendations for further quarantine and/or reopening the district.

In the event that we have a positive case on campus, I will notify the community of that fact as well as the date(s) of the closure via Robo-Call as well as a posting on our website. As such, it is VERY important that the district has an accurate telephone number as well as email address for you. While we hope that the district will continue to remain COVID free, we want to ensure that we inform our community of the various scenarios that we may encounter.

We appreciate your continued support of the district during these trying times. If you should have any questions regarding this information, I would encourage you to please contact your child's administrator or myself.

Sincerely

Patrick Dee
Superintendent of Schools

View as PDF

Raptor Screening Beginning Monday

09-17-2020

Beginning Monday, 9/21/2020, COVID Screening emails will delivered to your emails for Elementary Students.

Please check out the links below for more information
Parent Letter
Parent Guide
Video Instructions

Parent Survey Memo

07-17-2020