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Below are the most up to date memos and information from St. Gregory the Great School regarding COVID-19. Please contact the school directly with any questions at 716.633.5323
Updates 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 
Update as of 11/19/2020 @ 7:20pm
 
 

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.**



School Mandated Testing 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

11/10/2020 @ 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

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

Hello St. Greg’s Parents!

If your child becomes ill with one of the symptoms on the Covid list, you will need to contact your pediatrician for clearance before they can return to school per Erie County guidelines. This does exclude documented preexisting conditions like allergies, asthma, migraines, etc. Your pediatrician will then direct you on the next course of action.

If they direct you to get a Covid test, please call the Erie County Department of Health at (716)858-2929. There are 3 locations, Northtowns, Central and Southtowns, that have point-of-care tests which are rapid tests for in-person learners and school staff. Appointments tend to be scheduled 2 days out, sometimes sooner, on a first come, first serve basis. There are also other sites that provide testing but are not the rapid tests. KSL Diagnostics Lab on Youngs Rd. usually has a 24 -72 hour turn-around and does need an appointment as well.  CVS Pharmacies have a 2-3 day turn-around but are only for 12 years and older. Many pharmacies in the area have them but may take longer to get results and age restrictions. Please be careful if you decide to go to any urgent care places because many will do an exam first and you will get charged for that visit. Below is the Erie County map of testing locations. If you click on the location you want, it will tell you the hours, result wait time, if an appointment is needed and cost, if any.

Again, thank you so much for your understanding!! If anyone has any questions, or have more helpful guidance, please feel free to contact me.

Susan Kromer, School Nurse

https://erieny.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=0c46f6677fbd49f5b8cf7548e8efe58b

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