Updated March 2, 2022
Stillwater Central School District is committed to provide full-time “in-person” programs for all students during the 2021-22 school year. This commitment involves a number of features, contingencies, and safety protocols that we planned for and adjusted in our 2020-2021 Reopening Plan. This will increase our capacity to educate our students in an “in-person” learning model at 100% capacity. Our plan was vetted by multiple stakeholder groups and deemed in the best interest of safety and learning. Additionally, we continue to collaborate with our local county health agency and our district’s physician, Dr. Sgambati, to consider and develop best practices. Dr. Sgambati can be reached after 7 p.m. weeknights at (518) 664-3088 or questions regarding COVID-19 and layered prevention strategies.
Specifically, Dr. Sgambati reinforces that symptomatic individuals must stay home, those who may have been exposed to the virus should be tested, and vaccination opportunities for staff and students should continue to be taken advantage of.
**Plan components are subject to change based upon necessary revisions due to federal, state and/ or local Department of Health requirements. Any revision will be communicated.
Update: The NYS Department of Health ended the statewide requirement for universal masking in schools effective March 2, 2022, making mask use optional inside and outside school buildings and on school buses for all students, staff and visitors regardless of vaccination status.
Health and safety protocols for COVID-positive and COVID-exposed individuals remain in place.
Community transmission rates of low, moderate, substantial and high can be found here on the Saratoga County COVID-19 data tracker.
Layered Prevention Approach
To keep our students and staff safe, Saratoga County Public Health Services recommends the CDC guidance for prevention strategy. This recommended layered prevention strategy includes:
- Promoting vaccination
- Use of seating charts for classes and transportation
- Correct mask use
- Physical distancing
- Handwashing and respiratory etiquette
- Staying home when sick and getting tested
- Contact tracing, in combination with isolation and quarantine
- Cleaning and disinfection
- Screening testing to promptly identify cases, clusters, and outbreaks
All students served by the Stillwater Central School District are expected to attend in-class every day or according to the established schedule for a program or specific course. Exceptions may be:
● Due to a quarantine or short-term medical need, students may be required to access curriculum through Google Classroom.
● A significant medical condition as outlined in an IEP and/or a Section 504 Plan shall be considered an exception to the requirement of an in-person learning model.
● Staff are encouraged to check their temperatures daily before coming to work
● Families are encouraged to check students’ temperatures daily before sending students to school
● Visitors to SCSD facilities will be required to sign in and follow the transmission level protocol as described above
● Mask use is optional on school transportation
● Distance will be managed to the greatest extent possible
● Seating charts will be maintained
● Windows/vents open to the extent possible
● All individuals will maintain at least three feet of physical distance.
Use of School Facilities
● No indoor use of school facilities by outside groups during county designation of high community transmission
● Outdoor use of facilities by outside groups will be permitted
SCSD COVID-19 Liaisons
Questions or concerns
Email questions or concerns to: firstname.lastname@example.org