November 20, 2020

November 20, 2020

Dear Lake George Families,

In the season of giving and thanks, please accept my sincere appreciation for your partnership and due diligence in following our safety protocols, it is making a difference.  

In recent days there have been changes around COVID-19 procedures that I want to summarize and highlight for you, as they have the potential to impact our ability to continue with in-person instruction. To begin, as coronavirus cases climb around New York State, Governor Cuomo implemented a Cluster Action Initiative that designates red, orange, and yellow zones around any localized spike in positive cases (See COVID micro-clusters: What the red, orange, and yellow zones mean). 

If we end up in the yellow zone, Lake George CSD would have two weeks to randomly COVID test 20% of our in-person students and faculty. That equates to roughly 180 students and staff members district-wide, with the possibility of having to do multiple rounds of random testing. Unfortunately, if we are classified as a yellow zone, it will take place in a quick order, leaving us with minimal time to create a plan to meet the 20% testing mandate (this plan would include obtaining consent to test students and staff ). Please be aware, as of today, Warren County Department of Public Health Services is recommending that schools close and go fully remote if/when they are in a yellow zone. 

Future Planned Remote Days 

In a continued effort to support teachers and students in the event that we are forced to pivot to remote learning, I have worked with the Lake George Teachers’ Association to give the gift of time. With the support of LGEA President Amy Baker, Principals Conway and Cocozza, and the Professional Development expertise of the Director of Innovation and Technology Megan Coker, we have set aside the following dates as planned Remote Days:

  • Wednesday, December 9, 2020 
  • Thursday, January 14, 2021
  • Thursday, February 4, 2021 

These days will support our commitment to our goals: Safety, Connection, Social Emotional Well Being, Equity & Access, Preparedness, and Teaching & Learning and will mirror how the previous remote days have taken place. Please keep an eye out for more information from Mr. Cocozza, Mr. Conway, and your child's teacher.  

Holiday Travel Reminder 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced guidelines that enable people traveling to New York from other states/countries to “test out” of the mandatory 14-day quarantine. The new protocol went into effect Wednesday, November 4, 2020. 

*Travelers from states that are contiguous with New York (including NJ, CT, MA, VT, PA), and essential workers will continue to be exempt from the travel advisory; however they must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form

To test-out of the mandatory 14-day quarantine:

  • Travelers who were in another state for more than 24 hours must:
    • Obtain a COVID test within three days of departing that state
    • Quarantine for three days upon arrival in New York
    • Obtain another COVID test on day 4 of their quarantine
    • If both COVID tests come back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test
  • Travelers who were in another state for less than 24 hours must:
    • Fill out the Traveler Health Form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic test 4 days after arriving in New York

Local health departments will validate tests if necessary, and if a test comes back positive, they will issue isolation orders and initiate contact tracing. 

In closing, I empathize with the fatigue we are collectively and individually experiencing by this pandemic and these protocols, but YOUR actions as a family—and OUR actions as a school community—have kept our schools open for in-person learning while also allowing us to meet the needs of families that chose virtual learning. That’s why we implore you to keep up your guard against COVID infection.

I am thankful and honored to lead and serve your family and our district through a time that will define our future around our commitment to unity, resilience, innovation and love.   

Happy Thanksgiving,

Lynne Rutnik