Posted - March 13, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
With the growing concerns and continually changing status of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Cambridge Central School District is taking measures to help minimize the risks of exposure to our students, staff, and community members. In addition to adhering to the guidelines of the NYS Department of Health, our crisis team met to discuss the district’s plan in regard to public gatherings at the school and field trips. Much thought was placed in making these decisions with the health and safety of our students, staff, and community members being of utmost importance.
Yesterday afternoon, our district was notified that the regional championship playoffs for all high school winter sports are postponed indefinitely. It is with great disappointment that we will not be able to cheer on our girls’ basketball team, who have worked tirelessly to get to this position and undoubtedly, deserve the opportunity to compete. However, this decision made by NYSPHSAA Executive Director Dr. Robert Zayas in the best interest of public health and safety.
Public Gatherings at the School
Events that families and community members would attend are postponed until further notice. In addition to the recommended social distancing, this will assist in maximizing our cleaning and disinfecting procedures with having fewer people in the building. All public events and activities are postponed from today through at least May 1, 2020. This includes the walking program, adult recreation basketball, pickle ball, volleyball and more.
The district will make every effort within its parameters to reschedule these events. Public events scheduled beyond Friday, May 1 will be re-evaluated by the district as the COVID-19 status is continuously evolving.
Student Field Trips
In the interest of our students’ and staffs’ health and safety, the decision has been made to cancel all field trips. Please note that some of the field trips were already canceled by the venue or host. Rescheduling these field trips will be dependent upon several variables, including Department of Health guidance, availability for these venues to host us on different dates, whether or not they would all fit in the remaining days of the school year, and other factors.
Please know the all of us here at Cambridge Central School understand the disappointment and inconvenience in these postponed and canceled events, and the feelings are equally shared. However, we must be pro-active and responsible in doing our part to make the best decisions we can, based on the information provided to us at this time.
Closure of Schools
The local health department will notify schools if and when a school must close due to Covid-19and when school can reopen. Schools do not have the authority to make the call without the input of the local Department of Health and the New York State Education Department.
As a conscientious and thoughtful community, I am confident in everyone’s understanding and patience during this time. I encourage you to visit the school website cambridgecsd.org under the “Spotlight” section (located on the home page) for regular updates, as the district will continue to share information.
For further information, please refer to:
- The CCS Web site for COVID: https://www.cambridgecsd.org/Page/2311
- The Washington County Department of Health: https://washingtoncountyny.gov/299/Public-Health-Services
Dr. Douglas M. Silvernell