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Update on COVID-19 procedures and tests

Jan. 6, 2022

Dear families,

As you may be aware, throughout the holiday recess, the NYS Department of Health, Governor Hochul and state health commissioner Dr. Bassett released memos that address potential new protocols related to school districts and COVID-19. Included within these memos was a statement that more than 37 million rapid tests have been ordered by the state and that these tests will be delivered to each school district for use and distribution.

Test kits

Early this week, we received 1,000 test kits. These tests come with instructions for use that must be followed. View directions on how to administer the test and a short video. It is important to note that tests given at home by a parent will be considered advisory to the family and will not be accepted by the school as an official test result. This means that if your student is symptomatic, they would need to receive an additional negative result from a testing location to return to school.

If you would like a test kit to use at home for your student, tests are available for pick up and sign out in the district’s health office. Please recognize that if the rapid test comes back positive, your child would be expected to take the more reliable PCR test from a certified healthcare professional or clinic and start the quarantine process. Beginning today, tests are available and can be picked up each day from 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Rapid tests now accepted

We are pleased to announce that effective immediately, the district is able to accept a negative rapid test to return to school. The rapid test must be administered by a healthcare professional at a testing location. We cannot accept at home test results.

NYS guidance

We are anticipating further guidance from New York state in the coming days and we will update our families based on how that information impacts our protocols and procedures.

The top priority of the Cambridge Central School District is to offer a safe and secure environment where students can attend in-person learning.

It continues to be critically important that if your student is displaying any COVID symptoms or is not feeling well, they remain home and receive a negative test from a healthcare professional before they return to school.

I recognize this is a lot of information and it can be very confusing to stay up to date on the latest information. I would like to again thank you for your patience and support as we continue to navigate this pandemic.

Sincerely,

Dr. Douglas Silvernell
Superintendent of Schools