2021-2022 Safety and Learning Plan

Updated Sept. 2, 2021

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 must plan for and adjust 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 has been vetted by multiple stakeholder groups and has been deemed in the best interest of safety and learning. Additionally, we will 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, masks must be worn properly, 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 issued a statement on Aug. 27, 2021, at the direction of Governor Kathy Hochul, requiring that all students, staff, and visitors in schools wear a mask. Thus, the following apply at all times:

  • 3-foot physical distancing
  • Masks required indoors, except when eating

Community Transmission

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 layered prevention strategy includes:

*Screening testing information, consent and procedures are currently being developed for in-school testing. More information forthcoming.

Attendance

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 will 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.

Screening Protocol

● 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, complete a health attestation and follow the transmission level protocol as described above

Transportation

● All individuals on school transportation shall be required to wear an appropriate mask while boarding, riding and departing from school transportation regardless of vaccination status.
● Distance will be managed to the greatest extent possible.
● Seating charts will be maintained.
● Windows/vents open to the extent possible.

Physical Distancing

● 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

Patricia Morris
Carolyn Manzella
Clint Froschauer

Questions or concerns

Email questions or concerns to: reopening@scsd.org