I know there has been a little confusion about the new chart that came out a few weeks ago, especially around symptoms and when a student can return. After talking with Darlene at the County Health Department and making my questions as simple as possible, here is the answer that I received and what CG will go by (based off Department of Health Guidance and Darlene's blessing).
IF the student's symptom never involved a fever, he/she CAN RETURN PRIOR TO 72 HOURS if: they have an alternative diagnosis from the Dr. or a negative COVID test, and their symptoms have been resolved (can be with medicine).
IF the student's symptom involved a fever, he/she can only return with an alternative diagnosis from the Dr. or a negative COVID test and must have been 72 hours fever free WITHOUT THE USE OF MEDICINE.
So, with this being said, the only time a student is staying home for 72 hours is if a fever was involved in the symptoms (or they have not been to the doctor). Other than that, the Doctor's alternative diagnosis or a negative COVID test and symptom resolution is all we need for a student to return to school.
Elementary Fall Picture Day is Wednesday, October 7, 2020. This year's picture day orders will be available online only. Interstate studio can accept electronic check, debit card, credit card or PayPal. Please visit inter-state.com/order to order pictures. Use Order Code 51171SB.
As I am sure you have seen across social media, there has been a lot of talk about sports this fall and what it may look like. I just wanted to take a few minutes to provide some insight as to what is happening, at least for our CG athletes.
Masks – the Steuben County Athletic Association has agreed to have ALL athletes masked during contests. With the recent uptick in cases in Steuben County, we felt that it would be best to protect our students and districts. Our students have been fairly isolated with their peers but now we are going to be sending them out to other communities. The last thing the district wants is for us to have followed all of the rules during the school day in order to keep the spread down and keep our schools open (masking, distancing, sanitizing), but then after 3 pm send our athletes to other communities unmasked. I want nothing more to give our students as many opportunities as possible and start to get back to some normalcy, but our priority is to keep our schools open. Requiring our athletes to “mask up” during contests is a reasonable expectation to have our students playing sports again, and at the same time keeping our schools open.
- We are asking our athletes to find a face-covering that is tolerable. The athlete does not need to wear a mask per se, but an approved face-covering.
- The district has ordered “sports masks” for all of our fall athletes. The masks are designed to maximize athletic performance but at the same time minimize the health risk of COVID 19.
- Athletes are not required to wear them during intense training (as long as they are 12 feet apart). They are not wearing them 100% of the time. Coaches have been providing mask breaks for the athletes.
- On the sidelines, athletes will have the opportunity to take the mask off (as long as they are 6 feet apart).
Spectators – When the New York Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHAA) put out their guidance for sports, they stated that there could be 2 spectators/athlete. They provided this guidance without conferencing with the New York State Health Department. We have to remember, the overall governing body for COVID regulations is the health department. Currently in our region, all non-essential gatherings are limited to 50 people and this is what we have to abide by. With many teams having close to 20 athletes, that would give us approximately 40 spectators for ONE team. Instead of schools trying to figure out how many visiting spectators we could allow and it being different at every school, the Steuben County Athletic Association has made the determination to have only HOME spectators at games. We are still limiting access to 2 spectators/athlete.
- CG will be using our streaming equipment to broadcast games live. A link will be on our website and anyone (including away fans) can access the live stream so they can watch their athlete.
- The Steuben County Health Department has reached out to the state to ask to amend the current 50 person limit for gatherings. We are hoping this will change soon.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me.
Thomas J. Crook
Canisteo-Greenwood Emergency Early Release Day has been scheduled for Thursday, October 8, 2020. All students and staff will be dismissed 15 minutes earlier. Parents please plan accordingly.
Breakfast and lunch menus can now be found on the app. Just pick which school you are looking for and press "dining". What an easy way to find out what is for breakfast and lunch that day on the fly!
We are excited to offer our new app that can be downloaded from either the Google or Apple app store. With this app, you will have the most up-to-date information without having to dig through the website or rely on social media. We will be able to communicate with you directly through the live feed and push notifications.
Welcome Back Students, Faculty and Staff. We missed you!
Section V to move forward with low-moderate sports starting September 21st.
NEW UPDATE: If your child is absent from school, we ask that you please call the office that day. With the COVID regulations, we cannot allow the student to return to school until we know the reason why they are out. Even if you are taking them to an appointment, please call us and let us know because until we have the conversation with a parent, we have no idea why your child is out. For the elementary school, please dial ext. 1401. For the high school, ext. 2400
Thank you for your patience and consideration.
Students school supplies will initially be furnished by the School District for Pre-K through 12th grade for in-person and remote learning.
Any parent interested in a keepsake ticket from Graduation this year should contact Wendy Freeland, at 698-4225, ext. 2401, or via email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to construction on the HS roof, the lower portion of W. Academy Street will need to be closed off for a period of time, starting tomorrow, July 16th. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause for our neighbors.