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West Nyack Update- Hybrid Learning Resumes Monday, November 30th

Dear West Nyack Parents,Guardians and Staff, 

This is a follow up to our communication yesterday informing you that a student at West Nyack Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday. The student was in school Monday, November 9 (Cohort A day) and Tuesday, November 10 (Cohort B day) during their infectious period. Additionally, last evening, Thursday November 12 (Cohort A day), a staff member at West Nyack Elementary also tested positive and was in school yesterday, during their infectious period. 

The Rockland County Department of Health was notified and will continue to conduct contact tracing. 

Students and staff members who were determined to have close contact with the infected  individuals during the school day were contacted directly. The Rockland County Department of Health will continue to conduct contact tracing to identify those external to the school environment.

Those identified as having close contact with the infected student will need to complete a quarantine period through Tuesday, November 24th; and close contacts of the staff member will quarantine through Thursday, November 26th. 

Based on 18 instructional staff members now being unavailable due to a combination of quarantine, leave of absences, and vacant positions, along with any additional routine absences, we will not be able to ensure adequate staffing at West Nyack Elementary during this period in order to provide a hybrid instructional model.

As a result, the West Nyack Elementary School will continue with 100% full remote learning and return to hybrid instruction following the Thanksgiving holiday on Monday, November 30th which is an A Cohort day. 

We ask that all in our community continue to practice the mitigating behaviors needed to control the spread of the virus. Wearing a mask, social distancing, hand washing and hand sanitizer use are important safety measures, in and out of the school environment, that can help to keep ourselves and others safe and healthy. 

Thank you.

Stay strong! Stay healthy!

Sincerely, 

Annie Steiff 
Principal, West Nyack Elementary School 

Martin D. Cox, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools 

Sue Sherlock, F.N.P. 
Coordinator of Health Services