Communication to LCSD Families

  • Important Information on COVID-19 Testing

    On Monday, October 25, 2021, in participation with the ECDOH COVID-19 Student Testing Program, we will begin to offer random surveillance testing. The purpose of this test is to provide an additional layer of safety mitigation to monitor and contain the spread of COVID-19. Any student may participate regardless of vaccination status. Parental consent is voluntary, but consent is required to enroll your child in the program.

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  • Community-based COVID-19 Testing Resources for Erie County

    If your child is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and you are seeking a negative test result so that they can return to school, you have several community-based testing options.

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  • Lancaster Academic Quarantine Support (LAQS)

    Throughout the pandemic, Lancaster has worked to maintain our high standards despite the challenges. As time has progressed we have learned and added additional resources to help children navigate our current reality. This year we are proud to offer an additional support system for our students in grades Kindergarten - Six.

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  • Proximal and Surveillance Testing Information

    We continue to work through the logistics of conducting both tests in our schools, but wanted to provide our school community with information about both testing options and the opportunity to complete and submit the consent forms. The latter will help us in the planning process for when we are able to begin testing.

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  • September 20, 2021 Message from Dr. Vallely

    Beginning today, we will be implementing our newly developed COVID-19 Case Dashboard. Our website will be updated in real time on school days with details about confirmed cases within our District. Therefore, as of today, September 20, 2021, I will no longer be sending you an email regarding each confirmed case, as we have throughout the past school year. The same information will continue to be available on the dashboard.

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  • September 2021

    Please review current information regarding free diagnostic COVID-19 testing.

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  • Rite Aid Vaccine Clinic for Lancaster Students

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  • Return to Full-time, In-person Instruction PreK-12 Plan

    Please review the Full-time In-person Instruction PreK-12 Plan (June 7, 2021), which was amended from our Reopening Plan (October 2, 2020). Submit input or feedback to Covid19questions@lancasterschools.org to help us further refine the plan.

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  • Return to Full-time, In Person Instuction 7-12

    The declining rates of COVID-19 in Erie County provide an opportunity to bring our LMS and LHS students back for full-time instruction.

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  • Returning from homeschooling or a parochial school?

    In order to accurately and efficiently plan for the upcoming school year, we must have a firm idea of the number of our families returning to LCSD. Our District Registrar, Debi Mascia, can be reached at 686-3218. Please contact her to enroll your son/daughter as soon as possible if you plan to return to the Lancaster Central School District.

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  • LCSD Community Letter (Survey 7-12 Families) Reopening

    Please review the letter about the potential return of our LMS and LHS students to full-time, in-person instruction. We would appreciate your participation in a brief survey regarding the potential return to full-time instruction for students at the secondary level.

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  • Return to Full-time, In-person Instruction PreK-6 Plan

    Please review the Full-time, In-person Instruction PreK-6 Plan (April 21, 2021), which was amended from our Reopening Plan (October 2, 2020). Submit input or feedback to Covid19questions@lancasterschools.org to help us further refine the plan.

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  • Video: Return to Full-time Instruction

    This presentation is intended to provide information based upon community input and feedback regarding the return to full-time instruction for our PreK - 6 students.

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  • Frequently Asked Questions: Return to Full-time Instruction

    Thanks to the LCSD families for their questions, input, and feedback. We created an FAQ to help our families navigate the transition to full-time instruction. Please send additional feedback to covid19questions@lancasterschools.org.

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  • Update on Return to Full-Time Instruction

    NYSDOH guidance is updated. We are targeting Monday, April 26, 2021 as the date for students in our K-3 buildings and William Street School to return to school upon fulfilling the requirements of the guidance.

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  • Timeline: Return to Full-time Instruction

    Lancaster’s plan to return to full-time instruction is based on guidance from the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Education Department.

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  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidance Changes - 3/19/21

    I’m excited to report that earlier today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC ) released changes (CDC Summary of Changes) that could potentially impact New York State (NYS) schools in the coming weeks.

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  • Return to Play/Participation Letter and Form

    In consultation with our medical director and based on the updated guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics, we strongly encourage all parents to utilize the Return to Play/Participate form prior to returning to physical activity (i.e., physical education or athletics). This is in addition to the already required note from a healthcare provider stating a child who has had COVID-19 is cleared to return to school.

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  • Orange Zone Designation Lifted - 1/28/21

    Governor Cuomo lifts the orange zone designation for Erie County and, in effect, removed the mandate to continue COVID-19 testing in order for schools to maintain in-person learning.

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  • LCSD Learning Model Commitment Letter - 12/23/2020

    At the beginning of the school year, each family committed to a learning model (i.e., in-person hybrid or 100% remote) for each child for the first semester. In order to plan for the second semester, we need each family to commit to a learning model for the remainder of the school year (February 1 - June 25, 2021) even if you are remaining in the same model.

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