COVID-19 information and safety guidance
Weedsport will be following guidance as released by the Cayuga County Health Department, and the New York State Education Department for the 2021-22 school year. Please see a letter below from the Cayuga County Health Department.
August 11, 2021
Dear Cayuga County School District Superintendents:
The COVID-19 pandemic continues and its impact is on-going. As the school year approaches, we support the goal of bringing our students into the classroom for in person learning in a safe manner based upon scientific facts as known to us and keeping in mind the ever changing nature
of this virus. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Public Health Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend for the 2021-2022 school year, all kindergarten through grade 12 schools adopt universal masking for all school teachers, staff, students, transportation vendors and visitors
regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. The CDC provides additional guidance for higher risk sports and activities.
Locally we, the Cayuga County Chairperson and Public Health Director, in consultation with our Medical Director and Board of Health physicians, recommend the preventive guidance detailed by CDC, which includes a multi-layered approach to prevention. The multi-layered approach includes: vaccination, indoor masking, screening and testing, ventilation, handwashing,
respiratory etiquette, staying home when ill and getting tested, contact tracing in conjunction with isolation and quarantine, cleaning and disinfection of school environment.
Key Prevention Strategies to diminish COVID-19 infection in school settings:
- Do not allow any symptomatic people into school or on school transportation. This applies to adults and children. Even mild symptoms that mimic allergies are found to be indicators of COVID-19 infection.
- Get vaccinated. Vaccination is effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations and death.
- For masking to be effective, masks need to be worn correctly and consistently. Wearing face coverings properly reduces the amount of virus that a positive person may transmit and protects others from being exposed to that virus. In addition, wearing face coverings will reduce the number of students who would need to be placed in quarantine (stay at home), if a classmate is positive for COVID, ultimately keeping students in the classroom.
We are continuously learning more about COVID-19 variants and their impact, therefore we will continue to follow factual information and guidance regarding prevention and reduction of infection of the virus. The health and well-being of our community remains our priority. We appreciate the excellent
communication and partnership we have with you all as together we serve our students and community.
Aileen McNabb-Coleman, Chair Cayuga County Legislature
Kathleen D. Cuddy MPH, Cayuga County Public Health Director
COVID Vaccination Information
- Visit New York State’s COVID-19 vaccination website to find a clinic near you and sign up
- Visit the Cayuga County Health Department website’s COVID-19 information page to learn more about each vaccine and to find testing locations near you
- New York State also has a comprehensive COVID-19 website filled with Frequently Asked Questions, the latest information from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, and a vaccination hotline if you need help with anything
Please contact the Elementary School Health Office with any questions at 315-834-6685 or firstname.lastname@example.org