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Latest COVID Information, 2021-2022

Dear St. Gregory Families,

 

On Sunday, October 10, 2021, it was reported that we had one positive case of COVID-19 last on campus last Thursday. This serves as an informational notice to our school community and does NOT mean that your child has been exposed to or has come in close or proximate contact with the COVID-19 positive individual. This is our 5th positive case for the 2021-2022 school year.

 

We have notified all families and staff who may have been exposed and contact tracing notification has been completed at the school level and reported to the ECDOH to complete the contact tracing process.

 

While we cannot release information regarding these individuals due to Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA), it is important to note that these individuals are in isolation, and the ECDOH is conducting contact tracing to identify all individuals who may have been in close or proximate contact with the COVID-19 positive individuals. If you are not directly contacted by the ECDOH, the Department has indicated no subsequent action is required by you at this time as it pertains to this positive case.

 

The school will continue to work with the ECDOH to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and school community. For signs and symptoms of COVID-19, along with health and safety preventative measures to help slow the spread of the disease, please refer to the Erie County Department of Health webpage, Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about COVID-19 Coronavirus.

 

As a reminder, please also be sure to complete the daily COVID-19 Health Screening Questionnaire that is available on Pick Up Patrol app to help keep our school community as healthy and safe as possible. Thank you for assisting us with this very important health and safety measure.

 

God Bless,

Mrs. Julie Gajewski

Principal

St. Gregory the Great School

(716) 688-5323

jgajewski@stgregsschool.org

Dear St. Gregory Families,

 

On Monday, October 4, 2021, it was reported that we had one positive case of COVID-19 last on campus this past Friday. This serves as an informational notice to our school community and does NOT mean that your child has been exposed to or has come in close or proximate contact with the COVID-19 positive individual. This is our 4th positive case for the 2021-2022 school year.

 

We have notified all families and staff who may have been exposed and contact tracing notification has been completed at the school level and reported to the ECDOH to complete the contact tracing process.

 

While we cannot release information regarding these individuals due to Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA), it is important to note that these individuals are in isolation, and the ECDOH is conducting contact tracing to identify all individuals who may have been in close or proximate contact with the COVID-19 positive individuals. If you are not directly contacted by the ECDOH, the Department has indicated no subsequent action is required by you at this time as it pertains to this positive case.

 

The school will continue to work with the ECDOH to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and school community. For signs and symptoms of COVID-19, along with health and safety preventative measures to help slow the spread of the disease, please refer to the Erie County Department of Health webpage, Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about COVID-19 Coronavirus.

 

As a reminder, please also be sure to complete the daily COVID-19 Health Screening Questionnaire that is available on Pick Up Patrol app to help keep our school community as healthy and safe as possible. Thank you for assisting us with this very important health and safety measure.



 

God Bless,

 

Mrs. Julie Gajewski

Principal

St. Gregory the Great School

(716) 688-5323

jgajewski@stgregsschool.org

Dear St. Gregory Families,

 

Today, September 12, 2021, it was reported that we had one positive case of COVID-19 last on campus this past Friday. This serves as an informational notice to our school community and does NOT mean that your child has been exposed to or has come in close or proximate contact with the COVID-19 positive individual.

 

We have notified all families and staff who may have been exposed and contact tracing notification has been completed at the school level and reported to the ECDOH to complete the contact tracing process.

 

While we cannot release information regarding these individuals due to Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA), it is important to note that these individuals are in isolation, and the ECDOH is conducting contact tracing to identify all individuals who may have been in close or proximate contact with the COVID-19 positive individuals. If you are not directly contacted by the ECDOH, the Department has indicated no subsequent action is required by you at this time as it pertains to this positive case.

 

The school will continue to work with the ECDOH to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and school community. For signs and symptoms of COVID-19, along with health and safety preventative measures to help slow the spread of the disease, please refer to the Erie County Department of Health webpage, Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about COVID-19 Coronavirus.

 

As a reminder, please also be sure to complete the daily COVID-19 Health Screening Questionnaire that is available on Pick Up Patrol app to help keep our school community as healthy and safe as possible. Thank you for assisting us with this very important health and safety measure.

 

God Bless

Mrs. Julie Gajewski

Principal

St. Gregory the Great School

(716) 688-5323

jgajewski@stgregsschool.org

Below are the most up to date memos and information from the 2020-2021 School Year regarding COVID-19.
 

Dear St. Gregory Families,


Yesterday, May 4, 2021, it was reported that we had one positive case of COVID-19 off campus. This serves as an informational notice to our school community and does NOT mean that your child has been exposed to or has come in close or proximate contact with the COVID-19 positive individual.

 

We have notified all families and staff who may have been exposed and contact tracing notification has been completed at the school level and reported to the ECDOH to complete the contact tracing process.


While we cannot release information regarding these individuals due to Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA), it is important to note that these individuals are in isolation, and the ECDOH is conducting contact tracing to identify all individuals who may have been in close or proximate contact with the COVID-19 positive individuals. If you are not directly contacted by the ECDOH, the Department has indicated no subsequent action is required by you at this time as it pertains to this positive case.

 

The school will continue to work with the ECDOH to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and school community. For signs and symptoms of COVID-19, along with health and safety preventative measures to help slow the spread of the disease, please refer to the Erie County Department of Health webpage, Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about COVID-19 Coronavirus.

 

As a reminder, please also be sure to complete the daily COVID-19 Health Screening Questionnaire that is available on Pick Up Patrol app to help keep our school community as healthy and safe as possible. Thank you for assisting us with this very important health and safety measure.




God Bless,


Mrs. Julie Gajewski

Principal

St. Gregory the Great School

(716) 688-5323

jgajewski@stgregsschool.org

Dear St. Gregory Families,

 

Today, it was reported that we had one positive case of COVID-19 on campus yesterday. This serves as an informational notice to our school community and does NOT mean that your child has been exposed to or has come in close or proximate contact with the COVID-19 positive individual.

 

We have notified all families and staff who may have been exposed and contact tracing notification has been completed at the school level and reported to the ECDOH to complete the contact tracing process.

 

While we cannot release information regarding these individuals due to Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA), it is important to note that these individuals are in isolation, and the ECDOH is conducting contact tracing to identify all individuals who may have been in close or proximate contact with the COVID-19 positive individuals. If you are not directly contacted by the ECDOH, the Department has indicated no subsequent action is required by you at this time as it pertains to this positive case.

 

The school will continue to work with the ECDOH to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and school community. For signs and symptoms of COVID-19, along with health and safety preventative measures to help slow the spread of the disease, please refer to the Erie County Department of Health webpage, Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about COVID-19 Coronavirus. If your child is displaying any symptoms please keep them home and contact Mrs. Kromer for further instructions. We appreciate your support to keep our students and staff safe.

 

As a reminder, please also be sure to complete the daily COVID-19 Health Screening Questionnaire that is available on Pick Up Patrol app to help keep our school community as healthy and safe as possible. Thank you for assisting us with this very important health and safety measure.



 

God Bless,

 

Mrs. Julie Gajewski

Principal

St. Gregory the Great School

(716) 688-5323

jgajewski@stgregsschool.org


Dear St. Gregory Families,

 

Today, it was reported that we had one positive case of COVID-19 on campus this week. This serves as an informational notice to our school community and does NOT mean that your child has been exposed to or has come in close or proximate contact with the COVID-19 positive individual.

 

We have notified all families and staff who may have been exposed and contact tracing notification has been completed at the school level and reported to the ECDOH to complete the contact tracing process.

 

While we cannot release information regarding these individuals due to Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA), it is important to note that these individuals are in isolation, and the ECDOH is conducting contact tracing to identify all individuals who may have been in close or proximate contact with the COVID-19 positive individuals. If you are not directly contacted by the ECDOH, the Department has indicated no subsequent action is required by you at this time as it pertains to this positive case.

 

The school will continue to work with the ECDOH to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and school community. For signs and symptoms of COVID-19, along with health and safety preventative measures to help slow the spread of the disease, please refer to the Erie County Department of Health webpage, Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about COVID-19 Coronavirus. If your child is displaying any symptoms please keep them home and contact Mrs. Kromer for further instructions. We appreciate your support to keep our students and staff safe.

 

As a reminder, please also be sure to complete the daily COVID-19 Health Screening Questionnaire that is available on Pick Up Patrol app to help keep our school community as healthy and safe as possible. Thank you for assisting us with this very important health and safety measure.



 

God Bless,

 

Mrs. Julie Gajewski

Principal

St. Gregory the Great School

(716) 688-5323

jgajewski@stgregsschool.org

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Dear St. Gregory Families,


Today it was reported that we had one positive case of COVID-19 on campus this week. This serves as an informational notice to our school community and does NOT mean that your child has been exposed to or has come in close or proximate contact with the COVID-19 positive individual.

 

We have notified all families and staff who may have been exposed and contact tracing notification has been completed at the school level and reported to the ECDOH to complete the contact tracing process.


While we cannot release information regarding these individuals due to Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA), it is important to note that these individuals are in isolation, and the ECDOH is conducting contact tracing to identify all individuals who may have been in close or proximate contact with the COVID-19 positive individuals. If you are not directly contacted by the ECDOH, the Department has indicated no subsequent action is required by you at this time as it pertains to this positive case.

 

The school will continue to work with the ECDOH to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and school community. For signs and symptoms of COVID-19, along with health and safety preventative measures to help slow the spread of the disease, please refer to the Erie County Department of Health webpage, Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about COVID-19 Coronavirus.

 

As a reminder, please also be sure to complete the daily COVID-19 Health Screening Questionnaire that is available on Pick Up Patrol app to help keep our school community as healthy and safe as possible. Thank you for assisting us with this very important health and safety measure.




God Bless,


Mrs. Julie Gajewski

Principal

St. Gregory the Great School

(716) 688-5323

jgajewski@stgregsschool.org

Dear St. Gregory Families,

 

Today we were notified of a positive case of COVID-19 off campus. This individual  has not been on our campus since Friday, December 11th. 

 

This serves as an informational notice to our school community and does NOT mean that you have been exposed to or have come in close or proximate contact with the COVID-19 positive individual.

 

While we cannot release information regarding this individual due to Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA), it is important to note that this person is in isolation, and the ECDOH is conducting contact tracing to identify all individuals who may have been in close or proximate contact with the COVID-19 positive individual. The ECDOH is directly communicating with any individual who is identified as a close or proximate contact to the positive COVID-19 individual so that further health and safety measures can be taken. If you are not directly contacted by the ECDOH, the Department has indicated no subsequent action is required by you at this time as it pertains to this positive case.

 

The school will continue to work with the ECDOH to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and school community. For signs and symptoms of COVID-19, along with health and safety preventative measures to help slow the spread of the disease, please refer to the Erie County Department of Health webpage, Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about COVID-19 Coronavirus.

 

 

As a reminder, please also be sure to complete the daily COVID-19 Health Screening Questionnaire that is available on Pick Up Patrol to help keep our school community as healthy and safe as possible. We ask that you continue to complete the screening questions while on remote learning in preparation to return to school. Thank you for assisting us with this very important health and safety measure.

 

 

 

God Bless,

 

Mrs. Julie Gajewski

Principal

St. Gregory the Great School

(716) 688-5323

jgajewski@stgregsschool.org

Dear St. Gregory Families,

 

Today, Wednesday, December 14, 2020, we were notified of two more positive cases of COVID-19 on campus. 

 

This serves as an informational notice to our school community and does NOT mean that you or your child have been exposed to or have come in close or proximate contact with the COVID-19 positive individuals.  

 

If you are not directly contacted by SGS and the ECDOH, the Department has indicated no subsequent action is required by you or your child(ren) at this time as it pertains to these positive cases.

 

While we cannot release information regarding these individuals due to Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA), it is important to note that this person is in isolation, and the ECDOH is conducting contact tracing to identify all individuals who may have been in close or proximate contact with the COVID-19 positive individual. The ECDOH is directly communicating with any individual who is identified as a close or proximate contact to the positive COVID-19 individual so that further health and safety measures can be taken. 

 

The school will continue to work with the ECDOH to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and school community. For signs and symptoms of COVID-19, along with health and safety preventative measures to help slow the spread of the disease, please refer to the Erie County Department of Health webpage, Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about COVID-19 Coronavirus.

 

Parents with concerns can call the Erie County COVID-19 Information Line at (716) 858-2929, or visit the ECDOH website at www.erie.gov/covid19/schools.

 

 

God Bless,

 

Mrs. Julie Gajewski

Principal

St. Gregory the Great School

(716) 688-5323

jgajewski@stgregsschool.org

December 13, 2020

 

Dear St. Greg’s Families,

First and foremost, we would like to thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate new challenges this school year. It has not been easy and we understand that at times it has been inconvenient. However, together we collaborated and made every effort to continually support our faculty, staff, students and families.  

Our entire school community’s health and safety is our number one priority in addition to providing a quality education. Yesterday we received news of another positive case in addition to another one reported from off campus. In light of this new information and data we have made the difficult decision to move the entire student population of SGS back to remote learning effective immediately. As of now, school will resume on Monday, January 4th following the in-person model that has been in effect since the start of the school year.   

Additionally, we intend to ensure a safe return to school by conducting another school-wide testing clinic, in which we will test 100% of the faculty, staff and students who wish to return to in-person learning in the new year.  The tentative date for this testing clinic is Sunday, January 3rd from 8am to 4pm. More detailed information and a SignUp Genius link will be forthcoming. 

 

We have come to the difficult decision to return to remote learning based on the following reasons:

  • We report our COVID numbers to local and state health officials on a daily basis. Although we’ve not had many confirmed cases in the building, we must monitor any individuals who have had symptoms and have been sent for testing. Combined in-school cases, cases from our school wide testing event and those waiting results from tests we are very close to nearing the total number of COVID cases in which we will be subsequently shut down by the  NYSDOH and the ECDOH according to the following guidelines

  • A growing number of our faculty and staff has been placed in quarantine by the ECDOH.  Additionally, we have members of our faculty on medical leave. Since September, SGS and numerous local schools have faced a substitute shortage due to the COVID pandemic. We have been blessed to have consistent, dedicated substitute teachers who are willing to provide quality instruction in the absence of classroom teachers. However, we are now seeing the demand for subs in our building exceed the supply. And while we have been able to use faculty and staff within the building to provide coverage, we are at the point in which the quality of our  educational programming and academic rigor will suffer.  

  • An ever growing number of families have opted to move to Plan A: Family Led Distance Learning. As the total percentage of students who chose to move to remote learning grows, providing a quality instructional program becomes increasingly difficult. We are placing a growing burden on our faculty and staff who are expected to provide quality instruction to those students in person and online. 

  • Any additional COVID cases on campus from Monday and those individuals in close proximity to any person who tests positive will be required to quarantine by the ECDOH through the Christmas holiday. If we had a case tomorrow anyone in close contact may need to be quarantined until December 28th.

Please continue to notify our school nurse, Mrs. Kromer,  if your child tests positive for COVID-19, a household member tests positive for COVID-19 or if anyone in the family has been deemed a close contact of a COVID-19 positive individual and is quarantined. This will assist us in contact tracing and measuring the spread of COVID within our community. 

 

Important Dates to Know Moving Forward:

  • December 14
    • Remote instruction will resume. 
    • Please have your child (ren) follow the same distance learning schedule previously sent.
    • You can find Plan C: Distance/Virtual Learning Parent Guide here
  • December 15 
    • Supply pickup at SGS, 8am-12pm
    • More information and directions/map will be provided via email tomorrow afternoon. 
  • December 17
    • 11am conclusion of online learning
    • no letter day 
    • Virtual Parent / Teacher Conferences, 12-6pm
  • December 18
    • 11am conclusion of online learning
    • no letter day 
    • Virtual Parent / Teacher Conferences, 11:30am-2pm
    • Report cards will be mailed home.
  • December 23 
    • ½ day for students
    • 11am conclusion of online learning
    • no letter day 
  • December 24th - January 3rd - Christmas Break 
  • January 3 - tentative date for school-wide testing clinic 
  • January 4 - tentative return to school for in-person learning 

Thank you for your understanding, continued support and ongoing cooperation with our COVID prevention policies during this difficult, unprecedented time. The health and safety of our faculty, staff, students and their families continue to be most important and we will continue to make decisions in their best interest. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any member of our Leadership Team. 

God Bless,

Mrs. Gajewski, Mrs. Sciortino, Mr. Luckett, and Mrs. McIntyre 

Dear St. Gregory Families,

 

Today, Tuesday, December 13, 2020, we were notified of a positive case of COVID-19 on campus. This serves as an informational notice to our school community and does NOT mean that you or your child have been exposed to or have come in close or proximate contact with the COVID-19 positive individual.

 

While we cannot release information regarding this individual due to Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA), it is important to note that this person is in isolation, and the ECDOH is conducting contact tracing to identify all individuals who may have been in close or proximate contact with the COVID-19 positive individual. The ECDOH is directly communicating with any individual who is identified as a close or proximate contact to the positive COVID-19 individual so that further health and safety measures can be taken. If you are not directly contacted by the ECDOH, the Department has indicated no subsequent action is required by you or your child(ren) at this time as it pertains to this positive case.

 

The school will continue to work with the ECDOH to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and school community. For signs and symptoms of COVID-19, along with health and safety preventative measures to help slow the spread of the disease, please refer to the Erie County Department of Health webpage, Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about COVID-19 Coronavirus.

 

We as a leadership team in collaboration with the Department of Health, School Board and Fr. Leon has made the difficult decision to move the whole school to remote learning effective tomorrow, Monday, December 14th. Please look for an additional email for more information. 

 

 

 

God Bless,

 

Mrs. Julie Gajewski

Principal

St. Gregory the Great School

(716) 688-5323

jgajewski@stgregsschool.org

Dear St. Gregory Families and Staff,

 

Today, Tuesday, December 8, 2020, we were notified of a positive case of COVID-19 on campus. This serves as an informational notice to our school community and does NOT mean that you or your child have been exposed to or have come in close or proximate contact with the COVID-19 positive individual.

 

While we cannot release information regarding this individual due to Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA), it is important to note that this person is in isolation, and the ECDOH is conducting contact tracing to identify all individuals who may have been in close or proximate contact with the COVID-19 positive individual. The ECDOH is directly communicating with any individual who is identified as a close or proximate contact to the positive COVID-19 individual so that further health and safety measures can be taken. If you are not directly contacted by the ECDOH, the Department has indicated no subsequent action is required by you or your child(ren) at this time as it pertains to this positive case.

 

The school will continue to work with the ECDOH to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and school community. For signs and symptoms of COVID-19, along with health and safety preventative measures to help slow the spread of the disease, please refer to the Erie County Department of Health webpage, Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about COVID-19 Coronavirus.

 

As a reminder, please also be sure to complete the daily COVID-19 Health Screening Questionnaire that is available on Pick Up Patrol to help keep our school community as healthy and safe as possible. We ask that you continue to complete the screening questions while on remote learning in preparation to return to school. Thank you for assisting us with this very important health and safety measure.

 

God Bless,

 

Mrs. Julie Gajewski

Principal

St. Gregory the Great School

(716) 688-5323

jgajewski@stgregsschool.org

Dear St. Gregory Families and Staff,

 

The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) has notified the school on December 1, 2020, of a positive case of COVID-19. This individual was last on St. Greg’s campus on November 20, 2020.

 

This serves as an informational notice to our school community and does NOT mean that you or your child have been exposed to or have come in close or proximate contact with the COVID-19 positive individual.

 

While we cannot release information regarding this individual due to Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA), it is important to note that this person is in isolation, and the ECDOH is conducting contact tracing to identify all individuals who may have been in close or proximate contact with the COVID-19 positive individual. The ECDOH is directly communicating with any individual who is identified as a close or proximate contact to the positive COVID-19 individual so that further health and safety measures can be taken. If you are not directly contacted by the ECDOH, the Department has indicated no subsequent action is required by you or your child(ren) at this time as it pertains to this positive case.

 

The school will continue to work with the ECDOH to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and school community. For signs and symptoms of COVID-19, along with health and safety preventative measures to help slow the spread of the disease, please refer to the Erie County Department of Health webpage, Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about COVID-19 Coronavirus.

 

As a reminder, please also be sure to complete the daily COVID-19 Health Screening Questionnaire that is available on Pick Up Patrol to help keep our school community as healthy and safe as possible. We ask that you continue to complete the screening questions while on remote learning in preparation to return to school. Thank you for assisting us with this very important health and safety measure.

 

Lastly, we are finalizing our COVID-19 testing plan. More information and out anticipated return date will be coming tomorrow evening, December 2nd,  via email.  Please continue to provide consent to test here.  Our tests will be conducted as a drive-up lab and you will therefore be in the presence of your child(ren). 

 

 

Mrs. Julie Gajewski

Principal

St. Gregory the Great School

(716) 688-5323

jgajewski@stgregsschool.org

Update as of 11/19/20 @ 5:45PM
 
Good Evening SGS Families, 
 
We look forward to spending the day with your children tomorrow, in-person.  It is a dress down day for $1.00 to benefit the Family to Family Christmas Giving program. 
 
Remote Learning Update:
As communicated yesterday, St. Greg's will move to remote learning, Plan C beginning Monday, Nov. 23rd.  The Leadership Team has decided to extend remote learning from Monday, November 23rd to Friday, December 4th with an anticipated return to in-person learning on Monday, December 7th for grades K-8. 
 
Preschool families (PK3, PK4, EK), we will be remote from Nov. 23rd - Nov. 25th and a return to in-person learning has yet to be determined.  Please see additional email to share feedback with the Leadership Team.
 
This decision has been made based on our projected availability of testing kits and the finalization of the testing process steps listed below.  
 
Testing Update:
As of 11/19:
  • We have secured a medical director to oversee our LSL (Limited Service Lab) 
  • We are currently in the final stages of applying for our LSL certificate to perform on-site testing 
  • We are recruiting parent volunteers in the medical field to help us administer tests to our faculty and students
    • If you work in the medical field and are willing to assist, let us know here
  • Continue to work on securing the needed PPE to administer tests 
  • Submit our final order of tests with the NYS Department of Health, an initial request has already been made 
As of today, we project our testing window to be Nov. 30th - Dec. 4th here on campus based on the completion of the steps above.  Consent forms for testing will be emailed and will be available on-site before test administration.
 
Chromebooks:
We have inventoried our Chromebooks and our teachers have all been supplied with a Chromebook for their remote learning students.  Additionally, during the inventory process we found many to not be in working condition for remote learning. Therefore, we have a limited number to share with families. 
 
We recently placed an order for 160 more Chromebooks.  This order is expected to arrive in January and is on back order due to COVID.  
 
At this time, we are asking that families request one Chromebook per family here by 9am tomorrow morning. 
 
Mrs. Sciortino will reach out via email tomorrow, after 9am, to families that have requested a Chromebook to confirm this request.   Chromebooks can be picked up tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 20th between 2:45-4:00pm.  
 
Thank you and know we continue to pray for you and your children, 
The SGS Leadership Team 
Mrs. Gajewski, Mrs. Sciortino, Mr. Luckett, Mrs. McIntyre 
 
 

Good Evening SGS Families, 
 
As most of you are already aware, Erie County has been designated an orange zone. This designation impacts our WNY community in many ways, including our school.  
We are glad to know that schools are able to meet in person through the end of the week. 
 
As per Governor Cuomo and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, effective Monday, November 23rd, St. Gregory the Great School will move to remote learning.  
More detailed information will be sent from both the Leadership Team and your child's classroom teacher(s) before the end of the week.  
 
Our goal is and will continue to be in-person learning, five days a week.  We are making great progress in our plan and partnerships needed for testing.
 
According to the latest information from county and State officials, we could return to in-person learning as early as Monday, November 30th.   We plan to send more information to families regarding the process to return to in-person learning by the end of the week.  
 
We continue to work and pray together, as a community, during this time of uncertainty and day-to-day changes.  We, the Leadership Team, as well as the faculty and staff of SGS appreciate your support, confidence and patience. 
 
We look forward to seeing your children tomorrow. Thank you and have a blessed evening.  
 
The SGS Leadership Team
Mrs. Gajewski, Mrs. Sciortino, Mr. Luckett, and Mrs. McIntyre
 

Update as of 11/17/2020 @ 5:00pm

 

SGS Families, 


The Leadership Team and Faculty are excited to know that students will be with us tomorrow, Wednesday, November 18th, as we remain in a yellow zone at this time.


Tomorrow’s Instruction:

  • Each family will receive an email from your child’s teacher or grade level informing you what supplies students will need to bring to school with them tomorrow. 
  • Please do not send back all of their school supplies which were sent home last Friday as we anticipate a change in zone designation possibly this week and would like to be prepared.

Plan C Distance Learning for all students: 

  • Thank you for your patience and sacrifice with having your child or children learn from home these past 2 days as this time provided our faculty time to enhance our distance learning program from the spring and prepare materials for the weeks ahead.
  • We used feedback from parents collected last spring and this summer to make the needed improvements to our program. 
  • We are confident that we will continue to provide a rigorous and structured learning environment where all students can thrive whether in person or through distance learning. 
  • If we must move to remote learning due to a mandated red or orange zone, daily student schedules and expectations for online learning will be shared via email. 

Testing Updates: 

Our ultimate goal is to create a partnership with Williamsville Schools, an independent lab, a pharmacy, or an urgent care facility for school wide testing.


  • Please hold off on scheduling any COVID tests for your children until further notice as we continue to seek guidance from the county and State on the testing mandate window and continue to pursue testing partnerships.
  • We have made a formal request in writing to Williamsville Central Schools requesting to be included in their testing program, as per NYS Education Law 912.
  • Additionally, we have requested rapid COVID testing kits from NYS Department of Health.
  • We are communicating with local urgent care facilities, pharmacies, and independent labs to create a partnership for future testing.

Moving Forward: 

  • There may be an additional update on the zone designation tomorrow from the County Executive.
  • If designated as an orange or red zone, we must move to remote learning until Monday, November 30th.
  • A supply pickup will be scheduled based on the news tomorrow from the county and State. 

Thank you for your continued support, patience, and sacrifice during these trying times. 


The SGS Leadership Team 

Mrs. Gajewski, Mrs. Sciortino, Mr. Luckett, Mrs. McIntyre 

Dear SGS Families, 


Please see the update based on information from the County Executive Office shared this afternoon. 


Today we’ve remained in a “yellow” zone with the continued likelihood of a movement to “orange” or “red” in the coming days. Please see the outline of our plan moving forward with both scenarios. 


Erie County Remains in a Yellow Zone

Erie County Moves to an Orange or Red Zone

  • SGS will return to in-person learning on Wednesday (11/18/20) and remain in person while completing the 20% testing mandate for the duration of the time we are in a “yellow zone.”

  • Testing Requirement:
    • We will need 20% of our population (students, faculty, staff, maintenance and Family Faith) to consider getting a COVID-19 test by this Friday (11/20/20). 
    • We need to complete 86 tests to remain in-person. 
    • The requirement is proof that the test has been administered. 
    • Student test forms would be turned into Mrs. Susan Kromer for grades K-8 and Mrs. Katie McIntyre for PK3, PK4 and EK.
    • We do not need the results by Friday. 

  • We recommend the testing window for COVID-19 tests to be November 18th, 19th, or 20th. 

  • If you get an appointment for tomorrow, November 17th and we are moved to another zone, then the test is not valid towards the change in testing requirements for orange/red zone re-opening.  
  • SGS will move to full distance learning (Plan C) until Monday, November 30th.  

  • As per the latest information from the Governor’s office we would need to close for at least 4 calendar days and could reopen on the 5th calendar day from zone designation if we had 100% of our faculty, staff, students, maintenance staff and family faith staff test AND receive a negative result.  

  • We recommend the testing window:

      • November 23rd - November 27th for 100% of our faculty, staff, students, maintenance and family faith to test AND receive a negative result.
  • Our goal to reopen for in person learning would be November 30th.  

  • Remote learning would take place from November 18th - 25th (half day) and there would be live/synchronous learning through Google Meet. 

  • A supply pickup would be scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 19th.  

We still have more slots needed to be filled to meet the yellow zone testing mandate, please share here if you are willing to schedule a test for your child(ren).


The latest in testing information and locations is listed below and on our Latest COVID Information and COVID Resources webpages:


School MandatedTesting Site Information as of 11/16/2020


State and private locations are testing students and staff that are asymptomatic. To avoid out of pocket costs, please check with your insurance if you decide to use a private testing location.


  • New York State Department of Health-
    • Erie County:

125 Perry Street- (Buffalo Sabres Parking Lot)

Buffalo, NY 

    • Niagara County: 

NCCC, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road

Sanborn, NY 14132

                                                               

    • APPOINTMENT IS REQUIRED. 
      • Call NYS COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 for either location to set up an appointment or online pre-registering and assessment can be found at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-testing
      • The online registration will have someone contact you at a later time to set up an appointment. 
      • The timeline for that is uncertain, calling may be faster. 
      • This is free testing. 
      • The test is the deep nasal swab (as of right now). 
      • Results are usually less than 4 days.

  • KSL Diagnostic Labs- 
    • 1000 Youngs Road- Suite 210

Phone: 1-800-960-1080


    • APPOINTMENT IS REQUIRED. 
      • Call 1-800-960-1080 or online at www.ksldx.com
      • With a physician's script, testing is covered by your insurance (please check with your insurance company). 
      • Out of pocket cost is $125 without a script. 
      • The test is an oropharyngeal (throat) swab. 
      • Results usually within 72 hrs or less.

  • Pediatric & Adolescent Urgent Care- 
    • 1800 Maple Road, Suite #100

Phone: 716-636-5437


  • APPOINTMENT RECOMMENDED- 
    • Please book appointment online at https://www.pedsurgentcare.com, click on “Save your spot in line” and complete as much information as possible.  
    • Walk-ins are always welcome as well. 
    • With a physician's script, testing is covered by your insurance (please check with your insurance company). 
    • Out of pocket cost is $150 without a script, which includes the cost of a visit. 
    • This test is a non-invasive nasal swab. 
    • Results will be phoned to you in 3-5 days and sent to you pediatrician.

  • WELLNOW - 
    • 5965 Transit Rd (716) 428-5545 
    • 3980 Sheridan Dr (DENT Tower)- (716) 541-0224

  • APPOINTMENT IS REQUIRED. 
    • Call or schedule online at www.wellnow.com, and pick location (the 2 above are closest to the school).  
    • With a physician's script, testing is covered by your insurance (please check with your insurance company).
    • Out of pocket cost is $100 without a script. 
    • Results are received by registering for an account at www.mybostonheart.com 
    • 2-3 days after the sample was taken.

The above are a few nearby locations that are being used. Other locations, such as pharmacies and other urgent cares, can be found at this site, Erie County COVID-19 Testing Sites


Please contact the specific location for any questions regarding testing, insurance and physician scripts.


** As of this morning, the Erie County Health Department is only testing symptomatic people. Please use 716-858-2929 for individuals with symptoms. They will direct you to NYSDOH sites for asymptomatic individuals.**



11/13/2020 @ 4:30pm
 
SGS Families,
 
With the COVID rates rising, we currently exceed the threshold set by Governor Cuomo to enter into a Red Zone. In other areas we have seen counties move from yellow to red within a week.
 
With this concern, we asked students to bring home supplies today that they will need at home in case this were to occur.
 
We are still intending to have a supply pick up, if needed. We are also pursuing all options to remain in-person, including testing options. In-person learning, 5 days a week, has been and will always remain our goal! 
 
We are still in need of many of the following permission form.
Additionally, this is another permission form that we are in need of. 
 
Thank you for ensuring that we have this and copies can be sent to information@stgregsschool.org 
 
Thank you and have a wonderful weekend, 
The SGS Leadership Team 
Mrs. Gajewski, Mrs. Scortino, Mr. Luckett, Mrs. McIntyre

11/9/2020 @ 3:30pm

 

St. Gregory the Great Community, 


We have created an email account covid19@stgregsschool.org to share any updates as they relate to COVID-19.  Moving forward, this email will be used to communicate any directives from local and state health officials, as well as local and state government, related to COVID-19.  Additionally, should it be needed (and we continue to pray that it won’t), we will also use this email to send email communications regarding COVID cases within the St. Greg’s School community.  


We are aware of the Governor's announcement that designated our community as a "yellow" zone. Please be assured that as we receive more details from the state regarding the requirements of this designation for SGS, we will communicate this to our beloved community and the families that it serves. 


As a school community, we have done an incredible job keeping everyone healthy.  

To date, St. Gregory the Great has held more than 40 days of in-person learning without a single case of COVID-19.  


We kindly ask that you please continue to:

  • Complete the daily health screening via PickUp Patrol App
  • Wear your face covering
  • Physical distance
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Only participate in necessary travel
  • Be mindful of gatherings of people outside of your immediate family

As soon as we know more details as to exactly how the information shared by local and state officials today will impact our school community, we will be in contact via an email blast from covid19@stgregsschool.org, social media channels and our school website. 


Have a wonderful evening and know that you, your families and this community is continually uplifted in prayer by the entire SGS Leadership Team. 


We ask that you and your family join us in praying the prayer that is most close to our hearts this school year, the Serenity Prayer:

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”

Sincerely, 

Mrs. Gajewski, Mr. Luckett, Mrs. Scortino, Mrs. McIntyre

11/10/2020 @ 5:30pm

 

Dear St. Gregory the Great Families, 

 

Our goal is and will continue to be in-person, five days a week instruction. That being said, we will also continue to move forward this year with hope, positivity and reality. 

 

Governor Cuomo and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz have designated our community as a yellow zone. We, as a Leadership Team, continue to attempt to seek additional guidance from local and state officials as to the new testing mandate details and what that will mean for the students and faculty of St. Gregory the Great School. We also continue to watch the COVID rate trends in our community.  

 

We continue to take a strategic, intentional planned approach to all decisions we make. There is much that is out of our control and up to county officials in regards to being allowed to continue in person learning versus remote learning. Last March, we were forced to close school with not much notice which caused trauma to all of our stakeholders. Our goal is to start to emotionally prepare students to transition to remote learning if mandated by the State or county.   

 

Therefore, on Monday, November 16th and Tuesday, November 17th we will be closing the building to students. Students will participate in online learning via their google classroom, with no live instruction. Our faculty and staff will report for planning days in the building to prepare for the possibility of moving to remote learning.  

 

We want to plan for as smooth of a transition to remote learning as possible if required. Our teachers will be given time to prepare materials for students to continue a rigorous academic program at home, receive additional Google Classroom training, and work to develop plans to address the social emotional needs of our students.

 

We appreciate and understand the burden that this places on families. Your support for this decision is most appreciated. This choice is made in the best interest of our teachers, your children and our community as a whole. 

 

Please be aware that this is an ongoing situation that we continue to monitor and discuss as a leadership team. We want our teachers and families to prepare for all scenarios, including extended remote learning.  

 

This yellow zone designation is a reminder that COVID-19 is not gone and we must remain vigilant in physical distancing, wear a face covering, and hand washing. 

 

Thank you for your continued support and prayers, please know you continue to be in ours. 

 

Sincerely, 

Mrs. Gajewski, Mr. Luckett, Mrs. Sciortino, and Mrs. McIntyre

SGS Families, 


The Leadership Team and Faculty are excited to know that students will be with us tomorrow, Wednesday, November 18th, as we remain in a yellow zone at this time.


Tomorrow’s Instruction:

  • Each family will receive an email from your child’s teacher or grade level informing you what supplies students will need to bring to school with them tomorrow. 
  • Please do not send back all of their school supplies which were sent home last Friday as we anticipate a change in zone designation possibly this week and would like to be prepared.

Plan C Distance Learning for all students: 

  • Thank you for your patience and sacrifice with having your child or children learn from home these past 2 days as this time provided our faculty time to enhance our distance learning program from the spring and prepare materials for the weeks ahead.
  • We used feedback from parents collected last spring and this summer to make the needed improvements to our program. 
  • We are confident that we will continue to provide a rigorous and structured learning environment where all students can thrive whether in person or through distance learning. 
  • If we must move to remote learning due to a mandated red or orange zone, daily student schedules and expectations for online learning will be shared via email. 

Testing Updates: 

Our ultimate goal is to create a partnership with Williamsville Schools, an independent lab, a pharmacy, or an urgent care facility for school wide testing.


  • Please hold off on scheduling any COVID tests for your children until further notice as we continue to seek guidance from the county and State on the testing mandate window and continue to pursue testing partnerships.
  • We have made a formal request in writing to Williamsville Central Schools requesting to be included in their testing program, as per NYS Education Law 912.
  • Additionally, we have requested rapid COVID testing kits from NYS Department of Health.
  • We are communicating with local urgent care facilities, pharmacies, and independent labs to create a partnership for future testing.

Moving Forward: 

  • There may be an additional update on the zone designation tomorrow from the County Executive.
  • If designated as an orange or red zone, we must move to remote learning until Monday, November 30th.
  • A supply pickup will be scheduled based on the news tomorrow from the county and State. 

Thank you for your continued support, patience, and sacrifice during these trying times. 


The SGS Leadership Team 

Mrs. Gajewski, Mrs. Sciortino, Mr. Luckett, Mrs. McIntyre