Dear Waterloo Families
We received the following communication yesterday regarding graduation ceremonies:
In outdoor ceremonies and venues with an indoor capacity of 5,000 or fewer, our New York State Department Of Health stated:
- There is no limit on the size of social gatherings.
- School officials have no obligation to conduct health screenings or gather contact information for tracing.
- Social distancing and state protocols for cleaning and disinfection are now optional.
This morning, I have confirmed this information with the Seneca County Department of Health and our School Counsel. What this means is that we can invite whomever we would like, to attend graduation.
We will have signs posted, for those who have not been vaccinated, masks are recommended. This is the guidance from our Seneca County Department of Health.
This is great news for our Seniors, their families, our staff, and our school community. I could not be happier to share this news with all of you! Mrs. Madonna and Mr. Vitale will share more details with our secondary families today. I wanted to send this to our entire school community to be sure that anyone who would like to attend graduation is aware that they are welcome to attend.
Have a terrific weekend!
With a grateful heart and Waterloo Pride,
Dear Waterloo Families,
On Monday, June 7, 2021, the New York State Department of Health released updated guidance for in-person instruction at Pre-K-12 Schools during the COVID-19 public health emergency. This guidance states that school districts can choose to lift the requirement that students must wear masks outdoors, while on school property. The document also states that for schools, mask use indoors remains in place. This change aligns New York State's Guidance for public Pre-K-12 Schools with CDC guidance on summer camps, where even non-vaccinated students are not currently required to wear masks outdoors.
The sections below outline our status regarding this updated guidance.
Based on the updated guidance, our district’s current procedures will not change. These procedures align with the NYS Department of Health Guidelines. Masks are required indoors.
Students, staff, families, and visitors will no longer be required to wear masks outdoors but may choose to do so at their own discretion. Social distancing requirements remain in place. If students or staff are not socially distanced, then masks must be worn. This guidance includes after school activities outdoors, as well as athletics.
While Riding a School Bus:
All students must wear a properly fitting face covering for the duration of their time on the school bus.
This change in mask protocol is based on the Governor’s announcement on Monday, June 7, 2021, followed by this updated guidance from the New York State Department of Health. The Seneca County Department of Health and our school physician, Dr. Grace Freier support this update to our mask protocols.
The link for this guidance in its entirety is below.
I appreciate your continued patience and support as we work through another change this year.
Superintendent of Schools
January 8, 2021
The Waterloo Central School District is using new technology to improve the Board of Education governance process. This will allow the Waterloo Board of Education to maximize the effectiveness of our board meetings with increased transparency, providing a basis for more efficient and open communication with the public.
BoardDocs Pro uses a structured, collaborative workflow that is specifically designed to meet the unique needs and legal requirements of public school boards. Electronic distribution will not only save time and resources, but it will also provide more convenient public access via the Waterloo Central School District’s website to agenda items and other board-related information. This process will allow interested parties to review information prior to meetings. After the meeting, individuals can review the agenda items and see what action the board took, complete with voting results. All documents associated with the meeting are automatically archived and can be accessed by date or by using the system’s comprehensive search feature.
The new board management features can be accessed via Waterloo’s website at https://go.boarddocs.com/ny/waterloocsd/Board.nsf/Public. For questions regarding this initiative, please contact Jamie Excell at 315-539-1501.
Fall Reopening Documentation
January 4th, 2020
The federal and state moratoriums on evictions are currently scheduled to be lifted in January 2021. Due to this, there may be an increase in the number of families who will experience a loss of housing. Governor Cuomo has announced an expansion of the state’s rent relief program. Eligibility criteria has changed and applications will be accepted until February 1st, 2021. Click here for more information and to apply.
Also If you have questions on your rights or need referrals for housing there is a Statewide hotline: 833-503-0447, open 24/7. They will soon be able to answer questions in all languages with interpreters. This is a referral line only — hotline workers aren’t able to answer specific legal questions, but they will be able to direct you to the courts, clerks offices and other resources in your region. If you don’t get through the first time, keep trying!
If you lose your housing or are living in temporary housing please let your school know! We are here to help!
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.