Superintendent of Schools

January 21, 2022 

Hello Everyone,

I sound like a broken record but we continue to string together successful weeks of in-person learning, thanks to our incredibly dedicated staff and your support and dedication to our children. We had a slightly improved student attendance rate of approximately 90% this week. The attendance rate corresponds to a decrease in positive cases as the week went on. I am cautiously optimistic that this trend will continue. 

A reminder about the state and county expectations for quarantine and contact tracing. The New York State Department of Health has indicated they will no longer be contact tracing potential COVID exposures for individuals. Ontario County Public Health (OCPH) is learning that students who have been quarantined, due to an exposure on the bus or during breakfast or lunch, have very rarely contracted COVID from this exposure. Rather than conducting individual contact tracing, OCPH will work with schools to continue to do cluster contact tracing when there appears to be multiple cases within a setting or cohort (team, classroom, lunch table, etc.). A cluster outbreak and subsequent investigation will be determined by Public Health based on multiple and proportionate cases within a group. 

Since contact tracing is no longer required, families of children who are exposed to a positive case are no longer receiving a phone call from the state or county. Families should communicate with their school nurse if they have questions about their child’s potential exposure. Please go to the OCPH website at https://ontariocountyny.gov/101/Public-Health for more specific information about quarantining and isolating when someone in your family tests positive.  

Specific to school, if your child tests positive for COVID please self report the positive case on the OCPH website and contact your school nurse. The school nurse will work with you to determine the isolation period from school, which typically is five days, unless symptoms persist. We continue to ask parents not to send their children to school when they are sick. 

All of us are still challenged by COVID and the impact it has on many families. In addition, we are still dealing with staff shortages based on positive cases of COVID. As I said during last night’s Town Hall, I cannot thank the staff enough for their dedication and for going the extra mile by helping with their colleague’s job responsibilities, triaging assignments and continuing to support our children. The work our faculty and staff does to help keep us open for in-person learning is also tremendously stressful on them. We will continue to look for ways to add substitutes in all positions. If you have any interest in working for us, please visit our website at https://www.victorschools.org/district/departments/human-resources/applicants

Please enjoy your weekend and reach out if you have any questions.

 

With gratitude,

Tim Terranova,
Superintendent


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