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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.
Superintendent of Schools
Beginning Monday, 9/21/2020, COVID Screening emails will delivered to your emails for Elementary Students.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the waiver allowing ALL CCS student’s to receive free meals through December 31, 2020, dependent on available funding.
If the USDA waiver expires or is cancelled you will be notified and the following will be put into effect:
- 1. Free/Reduced Meal Program will be applied to all eligible students, ineligible students will be required to pay for meals again.
- 2. Meal Prices: Breakfast $1.25
Lunch: Grades K-6 $1.75, 7-12 $2.00
A la Carte
(Snacks, Drinks, Ice Cream, Second Entrée)
We will not be selling ala carte items initially. Our main focus will be to make sure all students receive a healthy safe meal. Therefore, you will not need to send in money because meals are free at this time.
When we are able to reintroduce ala carte sales you will be notified. If you choose to allow your child(ren) to purchase these items you will need to send in money.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us. View as PDF
Dear Community, September 22, 2020
On August 24, 2020 the Whitehall community was hit with a devastating storm that resulted in over 6” of rain falling in a very short period of time. That storm created significant water and sewer back-up into the Whitehall High School leaving over 1” of standing Category 3 (black water) in all areas of the High School facility with several inches to several feet of water in other areas.
The district IMMEDIATELY reached out to our Insurance Carrier, NYSIR (the New York School Insurance Reciprocal) who after several calls by the district, sent an adjuster to the building on the 25th. Since this time, we have been STRUGGLING DAILY to get a response on coverage for this multi-million dollar loss. The district has been asked for, and has provided to NYSIR all documentation requested; including a preliminary engineering report identifying the root cause of the damage being “Water and Sewer backup” that resulted from overwhelmed drains and sewer system. Of important note, the district is covered for 30+ Million Dollars for water and sewer backup, yet NYSIR continues to remain SILENT on coverage after 4 weeks.
As I sit here on September 22, 2020 in a temporary office space with our entire high school student body relegated solely to remote instruction as a result of the extensive damage to the school; we have STILL not received a response from NYSIR on coverage. We have been told repeatedly that we would receive a response “soon”. On September 8, 2020 NYSIR sent ACTUAL REPRESENTATIVES to the district for the first time since the loss. At that meeting, we were promised a response in 48 hours. That timeline has come and gone. Each and every day that NYSIR takes to make the right choice to cover the extensive loss of August 24th , the longer that our students will be precluded from being offered and receiving the in-person instruction that they deserve.
I am reaching out again today to the local Print Media as well as Television News Media to share our story. Additionally, below I share with the Whitehall Community which includes our Parents, Faculty and Staff as well as our Elected Officials and Board Of Education the contact information for the New York School Insurance Reciprocal Executive Director, Assistant Executive Director, the Vice President of Claims as well as their Board of Governors. Should you wish to reach out to any of these individuals and express your concern; I would certainly encourage you to do so.
Together, I truly hope that we can encourage (NYSIR) the New York School Insurance Reciprocal, to make the Right Choice and provide coverage for our qualified loss. Our students deserve to receive an in-person education in a clean and safe facility.
Superintendent of Schools.
New York Schools Insurance
333 Earle Ovington Blvd.
Uniondale, New York
Robert W. Lulley, Jr.
Email: [email protected]
Thomas “Tom” Austin
Assistant Executive Director
Vice President, Claims
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Deborah A. Heppes, President
Timothy Whipple, First Vice President
Pleasantville Union Free School District
Janet M. Bryan, Second Vice President
Eric Stark, Immediate Past President
Ph: 845-878-2094, ext. 213
Dr. Stephen Lunden, Past President
East Irondequoit CSD
Champlain Valley Educational Services
John J. Belmonte
Julie K. Bresett
Ph: 315-322-5746, ext. 222
Anne Marie Marrone Caliendo
Half Hollow Hills CSD
Sharon L. Cihocki
Ph: 315-942-9208 (option #8)
Richard J. Cunningham
Plainview-Old Bethpage CSD
Ph: 315-564-7900, ext. 5001
Dr. Wayne Loper
Valley Stream Central High School
Dr. Angelina Maloney
Ph: 518-279-4600, ext. 2602
Thomas P. McDaid, Jr., Esq.
North Merrick UFSD
Ph: 716-652-3000, ext. 1001
Byram Hills CSD
Ph: (914) 273-4198 ext. 5931
North Rockland CSD
Ph: # 845-486-4460
Robert D. Yusko, Jr.
Glens Falls City School District