Dear SGS Families,
We hope that you had a wonderful, relaxing Thanksgiving holiday. We appreciate your support and patience as we work together as a school community to return to five days a week in-person learning. We have two main goals which drive our reopening planning process:
Many different criteria set forth by the state need to be met in order for us to accomplish these two main goals. Testing is our top priority to be able to return to in person learning as well as our commitment to providing a seamless transition to distance learning which our wonderful staff, students and parents have been able to accomplish last week.
As of today, November 30th, remote learning will continue for the week. We anticipate a return to in-person learning on Monday, December 7th, if our testing kits arrive this week. The return to in-person learning will need to be extended if testing kits do not arrive from the NYS Department of Health, therefore we ask that you please plan accordingly. We will need at least 2 days to complete testing for the entire staff and student population. As soon as we have confirmation of the arrival of our tests we will schedule our testing dates.
As of today, we are required to receive a negative COVID test from all staff and students who enter campus to return to in person learning. Today the Governor announced some modifications to the testing requirement for schools and we hope to have more information soon.
In order to meet the current mandate we have explored several testing options. Some of the options were to have everyone get the tested on their own, to partner with a pharmacy, or become a LSL lab and test on site. We chose option 3 as it best met the specific needs of our school community as one of the largest Catholic PK-8 schools in WNY. Our decision with this testing model was based on these factors:
In our research, there are limited appointments available for testing at a wide variety of testing locations across WNY. Many of these sites are not rapid tests, are invasive and the results take an additional 5-7 days to receive results.
Testing Plan and looking ahead:
Family Led Distance Learning, Plan A:
Family led distance learning will be offered to any family that does not wish to test to return or may not be comfortable sending their child to school while in an orange or red zone. If you plan to not return to in-person learning and your family would like more information on distance learning, please contact Mrs. Diina Sciortino.
We will continue to focus on hope, positivity, and reality during this challenging time. Your families will continue to be in our prayers. Thank you for your continued support and partnership as we work together to bring our students back to school while remaining safe and healthy.
The SGS Leadership Team
Mrs. Gajewski, Mrs. Sciortino, Mr. Luckett, and Mrs. McIntyre