November 24th, 2020
Dear Waterloo Families,
Attached, you will find information regarding yellow zone testing, should Governor Cuomo and our Seneca County Health Department designate our school district a yellow zone.
Today, our district administrative team and several of our school nurses will participate in training which will allow us to test within our schools. Attached, please find a letter regarding parental consent for testing, a frequently asked questions document, and a power point slide presentation with information that will be shared on December 1, 2020 during a community zoom meeting.
We have planned a community zoom meeting on December 1, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. The first portion of the meeting will be about our proposed Capital Project, which will go to the community for a vote on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. Voting will take place at the District Offices from 12:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. The second part of the meeting will be to review the yellow zone power point and to answer any questions you may have about testing in our schools. The deadline to submit parental consent is November 30, 2020, so we are prepared should we be designated a yellow zone upon our return to school after Thanksgiving. We want to be prepared to test should it be necessary upon return from the break. We only have two weeks to complete the mandatory testing in order to keep our doors open and our students in our hybrid learning model including in person learning. Without the required testing, we would have to move all students to fully remote instruction.
Parental consent to test can also be sent after December 1st. I want to give parents an opportunity to ask questions, if there are any, after reviewing the documents attached to this message. The presentation deck and frequently asked questions document will also be posted to our website.
Thank you very much for your time.
November 19th, 2020
Dear Waterloo Families -
Yesterday evening, the Seneca County Health Department made the District aware that a Waterloo High School Student has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual that has tested positive last attended in-person instruction on Thursday, November 5, 2020. As you are aware, Waterloo High School has been on remote instruction since Friday, November 6, 2020. Due to remote instruction, there is no concern of in district exposure for students or staff. At this time, there is no additional impact to our District.
As this is a matter of student confidentiality and privacy, we are unable to share specifics regarding this matter. However, I want to assure you that we will continue to be proactive and work in collaboration with the DOH. If the DOH indicates further action at the District level, we will communicate that directly with you.
As always, we ask that all families continue to help prevent the spread of the virus by encouraging students to wear a mask, wash their hands and practice social distancing. Please contact your medical provider or the Department of Health if you have any additional questions or concerns.
Superintendent of Schools
CAPITAL PROJECT VOTE SCHEDULED FOR DEC. 8
Voters in the Waterloo Central School District will vote on two capital project proposals on Tuesday, Dec. 8.
The first proposal on the ballot includes reconfiguring the bus loop and parent drop-off driveways, drainage and infrastructure improvements, replacing the high school roof and upgrading the high school art, and middle school science and technology classrooms. The estimated cost is $19 million and there will be no additional impact to Waterloo CSD residents.
In addition, voters will be presented with a second $4 million proposal to upgrade lights at the District’s stadium, baseball and softball fields, tennis courts and Little League facilities. Implementation of the second proposal is contingent on passage of the first proposal. There will be no new tax impact to Waterloo CSD residents.
About 82 percent of the project will be funded by state aid and the remaining 18 percent will be covered by the District’s capital reserve fund.
“We understand that these are challenging times for everyone. These projects address safety and environmental needs that require our immediate attention,” Waterloo Superintendent of Schools Terri Bavis said. “The community takes great pride in its schools being safe, supportive and engaging places for students to learn and grow as scholars, athletes and people. Through careful planning these projects will help the District maintain Waterloo’s high standards without placing any additional cost on the District’s taxpayers.”
Voting will take place from noon until 8 p.m. at the District Office, 109 Washington Street. Requests for absentee ballots must be made through Jamie Excell, our District Clerk, who may be contacted at 315539-1501.
Fall Reopening Documentation
IF YOU SHOULD NEED IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE FOR EMOTIONAL HEALTH PLEASE:
-call or visit Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) at Clifton Springs
-call Finger Lakes Lifeline 2-1-1
-contact the National Crisis Text Line by texting the word: HOME to 741-741
Developing Student Ownership & Creativity
The MISSION of the Waterloo Central School District is to provide a safe environment and educational programs that will provide opportunities for all members of the community to obtain a well-rounded education so they can be productive and successful in their personal and professional lives.
The VISION of the Waterloo Central School District is to become the best rural school in the heartland of New York. We will achieve this by focusing on high academic excellence by providing for ALL a variety of instructional strategies to meet individual needs for future success. This will be accomplished through "open communication," collegiality, an infusion of technology and an enlightened attitude toward teaching and learning. Students will become productive members by becoming successful citizens.