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Reopening Plans and Updates

Date: September 22, 2021
 
Subject: COVID-19 Positive Test Result
 
Dear Union Springs Central School District Community:
 
The Union Springs Central School District received notification late in the evening on September 21, 2021, of a positive COVID-19 test result for a student at AJ Smith Elementary School. As a result, the student who tested positive has been placed in mandatory isolation by the Cayuga County Health Department (CCHD).  The student was last in attendance to school on September 21, 2021. Additionally this afternoon, we received notification that another student at AJ Smith has tested positive for the Corona Virus as well.  That student’s last day to school was Monday, September 20, 2021. 

The CCHD will work with the school to investigate the situation and determine who may have had contact with the confirmed positive case(s). The school district is assisting the health department in the contact tracing process by providing the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any person who may have had contact. Based on this information, it will be determined as to which individuals need to be placed in to mandatory quarantine. The Cayuga County Health Department will communicate with those individuals directly. The Union Springs Central School District will continue to communicate with state and local health departments. Please continue to follow public health guidelines so that we can continue with in-person instruction.
 
Sincerely,
Jarett Powers


Date:  September 20, 2021
 
Subject: COVID-19 Positive Test Result
 
Dear Union Springs Central School District Community:
 
The Union Springs Central School District received notification late in the evening on September 19, 2021, of a positive COVID-19 test result for a teacher at the Union Springs High School. As a result, the individual who tested positive has been placed in mandatory isolation by the Cayuga County Health Department (CCHD).  The employee was last in attendance to work on September 17, 2021.

Additionally, the Union Springs Central School District received notification on September 20, 2021, of a positive COVID-19 test result for a student at AJ Smith Elementary School. As a result, the student who tested positive has been placed in mandatory isolation by the Cayuga County Health Department (CCHD).  The student was last in attendance to school on September 17, 2021.
 
The CCHD will work with the school to investigate the situation and determine who may have had contact with the confirmed positive case. The school district is assisting the health department in the contact tracing process by providing the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any person who may have had contact. Based on this information, it will be determined as to which individuals need to be placed in to mandatory quarantine. The Cayuga County Health Department will communicate with those individuals directly. The Union Springs Central School District will continue to communicate with state and local health departments. Please continue to follow public health guidelines so that we can continue with in-person instruction.
 
Sincerely,
Jarett Powers


Date:  September 16, 2021
 
Subject: COVID-19 Positive Test Result
 
Dear Union Springs Central School District Community:
 
The Union Springs Central School District received notification on September 15, 2021, of a positive COVID-19 test result for a student at AJ Smith Elementary School. As a result, the student who tested positive has been placed in mandatory isolation by the Cayuga County Health Department (CCHD).  The student was last in attendance to work on September 13, 2021.
 
The CCHD will work with the school to investigate the situation and determine who may have had contact with the confirmed positive case. The school district is assisting the health department in the contact tracing process by providing the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any person who may have had contact. Based on this information, it will be determined as to which individuals need to be placed in to mandatory quarantine. The Cayuga County Health Department will communicate with those individuals directly. The Union Springs Central School District will continue to communicate with state and local health departments. Please continue to follow public health guidelines so that we can continue with in-person instruction.
 
Sincerely,
Jarett Powers


Date:  September 15, 2021
 
Subject: COVID-19 Positive Test Result
 
Dear Union Springs Central School District Community:
 
The Union Springs Central School District received notification on September 15, 2021, of a positive COVID-19 test result for a custodial worker at AJ Smith Elementary School. As a result, the individual who tested positive has been placed in mandatory isolation by the Cayuga County Health Department (CCHD).  The employee was last in attendance to work on September 15, 2021.
 
The CCHD will work with the school to investigate the situation and determine who may have had contact with the confirmed positive case. The school district is assisting the health department in the contact tracing process by providing the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any person who may have had contact. Based on this information, it will be determined as to which individuals need to be placed in to mandatory quarantine. The Cayuga County Health Department will communicate with those individuals directly. The Union Springs Central School District will continue to communicate with state and local health departments. Please continue to follow public health guidelines so that we can continue with in-person instruction.
 
Sincerely,
Jarett Powers


Date: September 13, 2021
 
Subject: COVID-19 Positive Test Result
 
Dear Union Springs Central School District Community:
 
The Union Springs Central School District received notification on September 13, 2021, of a positive COVID-19 test result for a student at the Union Springs Middle School. As a result, the student who tested positive has been placed in mandatory isolation by the Cayuga County Health Department (CCHD).  The student was last in attendance to school on September 10, 2021.
 
The CCHD will work with the school to investigate the situation and determine who may have had contact with the confirmed positive case. The school district is assisting the health department in the contact tracing process by providing the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any person who may have had contact. Based on this information, it will be determined as to which individuals need to be placed in to mandatory quarantine. The Cayuga County Health Department will communicate with those individuals directly. The Union Springs Central School District will continue to communicate with state and local health departments. Please continue to follow public health guidelines so that we can continue with in-person instruction.
 
Sincerely,
Jarett Powers


Date: September 9, 2021
 
Subject: COVID-19 Positive Test Result
 
Dear Union Springs Central School District Community:
 
The Union Springs Central School District received notification on September 9, 2021, of a positive COVID-19 test result for a coach at the Union Springs High School. As a result, the coach who tested positive has been placed in mandatory isolation by the Cayuga County Health Department (CCHD).  The coach was last in attendance to work on September 7, 2021.
 
The CCHD will work with the school to investigate the situation and determine who may have had contact with the confirmed positive case. The school district is assisting the health department in the contact tracing process by providing the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any person who may have had contact. Based on this information, it will be determined as to which individuals need to be placed in to mandatory quarantine. The Cayuga County Health Department will communicate with those individuals directly. The Union Springs Central School District will continue to communicate with state and local health departments. Please continue to follow public health guidelines so that we can continue with in-person instruction.
 
Sincerely,
Jarett Powers
 

Update for August 20, 2021

Dear Union Springs CSD Community: 

As we begin the 2021-2022 academic year, governments, businesses, sports, and other social groupings are once again curtailing or modifying events in effort to contain the Corona Virus' spread and reduce the potential for individuals to be exposed to the virus and its variants. Schools are no different. We have learned much over the past year and half as an educational institution, and we know that this coming school year will bring with it both challenges and opportunities for our learning community. We continue to partner with federal, state, and local agendes to make informed decisions about health and safety and we know that your partnership and support does in fact, make all the difference. 

Below is a general outline of where we are with our reopening planning: 
  • Effective August 23, 2021, masks are required indoors on Union Springs CSD campuses, regardless of vaccination status. Masking remains optional outdoors. Classroom teachers will provide mask breaks during the school day. During outside events, classes, programs, and activities, masking will remain optlonal. All students are required to wear a mask on school buses.
     
  • The Union Springs Central School District will continue with physical distancing and will have all classrooms set up to provide at least a 3ft distance between student desks. Additionally, we will continue with our routine cleaning and disinfection program as we head into the fall semester.
     
  • Contact tracing, quarantining, and isolation orders from the local health department remain in effect for the 2021- 2022 school year. Per the CDC presently, in the K-12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student, if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time. We will do our best adhere to these distances to limit quarantining and therefore keep students in school.
     
  • Sports and extracurricular activities are planned for at this time. We are closely monitoring community transmission rates, and the rates of schools that we would play in contests. Should we have to make a shift with regard to our athletic and/or extracurricular programming will share that with you as soon as the information becomes known.
     
  • The CDC no longer recommends universal temperature screenings at school. However, please do not send your child to school should they have any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19. Please help us by promoting good handwashing and respiratory etiquette with your children. We are working to secure addftionat Covid tests by the opening of school. Once they are on site, like last school year, and only with parental consent, we will provide student testing here at school.
     
  • School breakfast and lunch will continue to be "free" for all students in the 2021-2022 academic year. We are mindful of the impact the pandemic has had on families and their finances, and we want you to know we will provide this to our students.
We will continue to communicate and provide updates in the weeks ahead. The Union Springs Central School District's reason for being is this community and its children, and we are taking these actions to help keep everyone safe. Thank you for your continued support. I wish you a healthy and productive school year, and I stand ready to work with you to provide a quality educational experience for all of our students. 

Sincerely,

Jarett Powers, Ed.D
Superintendent of Schools
 

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