District to continue in-person instruction on Jan. 4

Updated 1/3:

Dear parents/guardians,

We look forward to seeing our students back tomorrow, Jan. 4. Please remember to fill out the Pinpoint screening app before your child leaves for school. As our state continues to see a rise in COVID cases, these screening questions continue to be an important way to ensure the health and safety of our students. If your student is experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19, please keep them home. 

Also, we would like to clarify the number of COVID cases confirmed over the break for the high school. The total number should have been 10, not three as previously stated in yesterday’s communications. 

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this evolving situation. Together we can work to be Spartan SAFE.

Sincerely,

Kyle L. Gannon
Superintendent of Schools


Dear parents/guardians,

I hope you and your families had a wonderful and restful winter break. I wanted to let you know that we will be reopening school as planned on Monday, Jan. 4. Please understand that it is our goal to remain open, but if cases continue to rise and staffing becomes an issue, we may need to move to remote learning temporarily.

During the break, the district has remained in contact with Warren County Public Health (WCPH). The following number of QUFSD individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 since Tuesday, Dec. 22:

  • QES: 4
  • WHBI: 2
  • QMS: 0
  • QHS: 3

As a result of cases in our region, there are a number of QUFSD individuals under mandatory quarantine. Please note that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other privacy laws restrict us from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information. We cannot identify anyone who has tested positive.

Please contact your building principal if you would like more information about our health and safety procedures. Any additional questions, including information about testing procedures, can be directed to WCPH at (518) 761-6580.

At this time, the district has not yet been designated as a yellow zone, but we are prepared to offer on-site testing if required. As a reminder, New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) guidance requires that schools in a yellow zone test 20% of our in-person population (students, teachers and staff members) over a two-week period in order to remain open for in-person instruction. We will continue to keep you updated as metrics change and new information becomes available.

We will not soon forget the historic challenges of 2020. The past year wasn’t easy, but at the end of the day, we made it through together. We remain Spartan Strong and Spartan SAFE. As I look ahead to 2021, I have 3,650 reasons to be hopeful — one for each and every member of our school community.

Sincerely,

Kyle L. Gannon
Superintendent of Schools