Superintendent update April 16th, 2021

Dear Waterloo Families,

This afternoon, our administrative team met again to discuss the plan for reopening all Waterloo Schools to students five days per week. On Tuesday, when we met, our county was still in an orange zone of substantial transmission with a positivity rate of 3.3%. Late this afternoon, per the CDC chart, Seneca county has now moved to a designation of red zone, which indicates a high transmission of COVID in our community. Please see the link below for the CDC COVID data tracker.

https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#datatracker-home

There are many variables in the CDC and the New York State Department of Health updated guidance we received a week ago. There are differences, especially at the secondary level, of student capacity in classrooms in orange zones versus red zones. Please see the link below for the updated interim guidance document for schools.

https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/Pre-K_to_Grade_12_Schools_MasterGuidance.pdf

During a lengthy administrative meeting today, we discussed many scenarios, several of which are unknown at this moment, based on the transmission rates in our community and Seneca County.

Earlier this week, we set a calendar of meetings taking place next week to gather input from our staff and school community.

 

Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate this reopening guidance update, along with the increased community spread in Seneca County. I am hopeful, after gathering feedback from our staff and our community, we are able to bring all students back to school five days per week, prior to the end of the 2020-2021 school year. It is our goal to do this as soon as we are able to do so safely.

I will send out another communication on Wednesday, April 21st after our information gathering sessions.

With Waterloo Pride,

Terri Bavis

Superintendent

Waterloo Central School District