Reopening Plan Update
Good Afternoon All,
When the reopening plan was being created this summer, the District was aware that the plan could be adjusted based on changes in guidance from the NYS Department of Health, the Nassau County Department of Health, the NYS Education Department and the Office of the Governor of New York.
As you are aware, the District has dutifully adhered to the strictest protocols regarding social distance, mask wearing, cleaning and disinfection protocols, contact tracing, and school closure to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. Our custodial crews have been doing an exemplary job cleaning the buildings throughout the school day and deep cleaning and disinfecting our buildings when required.
Since our return from the December recess period, the Nassau County Department of Health has advised us that closing a building for 48 hours after a report of a positive case of Covid19 is no longer necessary. The purpose of closing is to clean, disinfect and conduct contact tracing. Depending on when the District receives notification of a positive case, cleaning, disinfection and contact tracing can begin immediately. Once the building can be cleaned, disinfected and the contact tracing completed, the building can re-open.
As you would expect, the Nassau County Department of Health is now immersed in the vaccination process. To that end, school district administrators are conducting the initial contact tracing under my direction and we are notifying those affected staff and students in our school buildings as to who should quarantine. This is in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Health and is necessary for everyone’s health and safety.
There have been many questions today as to why Sewanhaka High School was able to re-open after closing for only one day. The building was able to re-open because it was cleaned and disinfected and the contact tracing was completed in one day, on Wednesday, January 13. The building is now safe to be occupied. The research has shown that school is one of the safest places to be and we remain focused on our mission to provide the best education for our students.
The cleaning, disinfection, and contact tracing is now completed for Floral Park Memorial and there is no reason for the building to stay closed tomorrow. As such, Floral Park Memorial will re-open tomorrow, Friday, January 15.
Moving forward, based on the latest guidance from the Department of Health, if the District is notified of a positive case in a timely manner and we can clean, disinfect, and conduct contact tracing efficiently, there may be no reason at all to close the building, even for one day. We will evaluate each occurrence accordingly as we move forward for the remainder of the school year.