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I wanted to provide a quick update on where we are with the Construction/reconstruction project at the JR/SR High School-
We are very pleased with the progress of the work. Things are moving along very nicely at this point and we are very hopeful that we will be able to bring back cohorts of students much sooner than we had initially anticipated.
In the Jr. High wing - The spaces are completed with the exception of a couple of window sills and window treatments. We still need to finish the hallways and load furniture back into the classrooms. Abatement has occurred, walls replaced, new windows installed along with new flooring and heating systems in each space. The Library has been refinished and ready to begin being loaded. We have hope that we will have the Jr. High Wing available for students by, or in the Month of March.
The Cafeteria has been completed with the new windows, and univents installed. The entire space has been repainted and has only some finish work left to be done.
The gymnasium is stripped and the bleachers have been removed. The (Contractor to install the new floors) believes that he may have all of the materials in the building by the end of February to begin acclimating to the building humidity at which point the new gymnasium flooring can be installed. The locker rooms are nearly stripped and being abated for mold, and Asbestos fittings. Still much work to be done in those spaces, but moving along nicely at this point.
The Senior High wing is progressing very nicely. The floors have been floated and prepared for new flooring (several of the spaces have had the new flooring installed already. The walls have been replaced and mostly painted, new windows installed and the heating system was just completed. Science labs still have quite a lot of work to be done but the progress thus far has been very encouraging.
The hallways throughout the building are still quite a mess with supplies and materials in them and flooring that must be stripped and refinished. The Auditorium, Pool, and LGI will all still need a bit of reconstruction, but we can accomplish work in those spaces as we continue to move forward.
We believe we will be getting the Sr. High wing back prior to the end of the school year. Initially, we did not think we would have the Jr. High Wing completed before May and were uncertain if we would get the Sr. High wing back before the end of the year.
I am very pleased with the overall progress of the project and look forward to the imminent return of our students. We will continue to stay in touch as we get closer to having the spaces turned back over to us for the return of our students.
At this time, we have no updates on insurance as our legal firm is working with NYSIR on a resolution of the matter. While we do not have a definitive dollar amount of the overall costs of the repair calculated at this point, I am pleased to share that the district has been able to make the repairs completed thus far with a combination of the insurance dollars paid, district fund balance and unallocated dollars from the contingency portion of our ongoing capital project. To date, there has been no additional costs incurred or anticipated to occur for the taxpayers of Whitehall.
I hope that everyone is well and that each of you stay safe and healthy.
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December 14, 2020
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.
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.
Superintendent of Schools