Message from Superintendent Rodriguez – February 10, 2021

on February 10, 2021

February 10, 2021

Dear Monroe-Woodbury families and staff,

I am writing with a few weekly updates.

COVID-19 Report

From Thursday, February 4 – Wednesday, February 10, Monroe-Woodbury Central School District had the following confirmed positive COVID-19 cases:

Students:

  • 1 Central Valley Elementary student – Cohort B
  • 1 North Main Elementary student – Cohort D
  • 4 Pine Tree Elementary students
    • 2 Cohort A
    • 1 Cohort B
    • 1 Cohort D
  • 1 Monroe-Woodbury Middle School student – Cohort B
  • 4 Monroe-Woodbury High School students
    • 2 Cohort A
    • 1 Cohort B
    • 1 Cohort C (remote)

Contact tracing is complete.

COVID-19 Communication

Since students and staff returned to the buildings after the holiday pause, the school district reverted to a weekly COVID recap in place of the daily email to make it less cumbersome for families. Please note that all positive cases are reported daily to the New York State COVID Report Card dashboard, where families are able to view the number of district cases in real time.

If there is an occurrence that has widespread impact on our students, families and staff, be assured that you will receive communication from us in a timely manner.

Snow Days

I have received several inquiries about how the school district decides to use snow days. On December 15, a letter was shared with families explaining that the school district would utilize traditional snow days only when hybrid, in-person instruction is underway. If the school district is fully remote, as we are on Mondays, then instruction would continue in fully remote mode during inclement weather (barring widespread power outages or other emergency situations). If it is a hybrid day, such as yesterday, traditional snow days would be used.

The school district currently has one traditional snow day remaining. After the snow day is used, the school district will revert to fully remote instruction for all students on inclement weather days. If this snow day remains unused, the district will create a plan for giving the day back to students.

Revised Crusader Chat Schedule

Recording of the Crusader Chat was postponed due to Tuesday’s snow event. As a result, we will share a link for the chat by Friday, February 12. Thank you for your understanding.

Winter Break

As you know, schools will close for February break beginning Monday, February 15. Upon their return, students will participate in a fully remote instructional day on Monday, February 22, and hybrid instruction will resume on Tuesday, February 23.

COVID travel quarantine restrictions remain in effect for all staff and students. For any traveler to New York State from a noncontiguous state, US territory or CDC level 2 and higher country, the new guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 10-day quarantine are below:

  • For travelers who were out-of-state for more than 24 hours:
    • Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York.
    • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
    • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests come back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.
  • For travelers who were out-of-state for less than 24 hours:
    • The traveler does not need a test prior to their departure from the other state, and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State.
    • However, the traveler must fill out our traveler form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic test 4 days after their arrival in New York.

My hope is that Presidents’ Week gives all members of the M-W school community a much needed break. Enjoy this time with your family.

Warm regards,

Elsie Rodriguez
Superintendent of Schools