Communication to LCSD Families

  • February 27, 2022: Mask Mandate in NYS Schools Ending March 2, 2022

    This afternoon, Governor Hochul lifted the mandated mask requirement in schools across New York State based on the continued downward trend of several COVID-19 metrics. This change will go into effect on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. 

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  • February 11, 2022: COVID-19 Test Kit Distribution

    Earlier this week, Governor Hochul announced plans to re-assess the mask requirement in schools upon return from mid-winter break based on case and positivity metrics. Schools have been directed to distribute at-home test kits to families prior to the February break. This will allow students to be tested prior to returning to school on February 28.

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  • January 25, 2022: Mask Mandate Update

    This afternoon, the Appellate Division ordered a stay of the lower supreme court ruling. This means that the current NYSDOH mask mandate for schools remains in effect at least until another ruling on the matter is made by the Appellate Division, which could happen later this week. Once a final decision has been reached, I will communicate those findings to you as well as any potential implications for masking here at Lancaster schools.

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  • January 24, 2022: Safety Protocol Update

    In response to a New York State Supreme Court Judge in Nassau County declaring the mask mandate established by Governor Hochul’s Administration illegal, the State Education Department indicated the Department of Health would be appealing the decision—an action that would result in an automatic stay. Because of this, the State Education Department made it clear to K-12 officials that “schools must continue to follow the mask rule.”

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  • January 21, 2022: LCSD Test to Stay Information

    TTS will allow individuals in school settings identified as close contacts, who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, to attend in-person classes (instruction/academic periods), even while under mandatory quarantine orders when they test negative throughout the TTS process. 

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  • LCSD Test to Stay Parent Consent

    If you consent to TTS for your child, your child will be tested a minimum of two times during the five-day quarantine period following exposure, unless recognition of the exposure is delayed or weekends or school breaks intervene. One of the tests must occur on day five. If day five falls on a weekend or school holiday, the test should be performed the next school day. The rapid antigen tests are free and will be administered by a medical professional from Buffalo Homecare, Inc. Per ECDOH, at-home tests do NOT qualify for TTS protocol.

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  • LCSD Test to Stay (TTS) Protocol

    Our goal since the beginning of the pandemic has been to maximize the amount of learning students receive in our schools. We are pleased that both NYSDOH and ECDOH have adopted the Test to Stay (TTS) strategy. The implementation of the TTS strategy will allow asymptomatic, unvaccinated, or not fully-vaccinated school-based close contacts (e.g. students, faculty, and staff) to avoid school exclusion (i.e., quarantine), by testing negative through repetitive testing using rapid antigen tests during a five-day period following exposure.

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  • Affirmations of Isolation/Quarantine

    If your child tests positive, please fill out the Affirmation of Isolation and return it to your child's school nurse (via hard copy or email). Additionally, an absence note must be turned into the main office upon your child's return to school.

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  • ECDOH Offering COVID-19 Booster Doses To All Eligible

    Individuals who completed a Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine series at least five months ago are eligible for a booster dose. The previous interval was at least six months.

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  • January 8, 2022: Updated Isolation and Quarantine Guidance for Students

    Yesterday afternoon, the ECDOH confirmed changes that take effect immediately to guidance regarding the isolation and quarantine periods. As a reminder, the isolation period occurs when an individual tests positive for COVID-19. The quarantine period occurs when an individual has been identified as a close contact of a person who is positive for COVID-19.

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  • January 3, 2022: Important Topics Related to COVID-19

    The following communication outlines two important topics: the need for additional employees to support in-person learning and the purpose of at-home tests distributed on Sunday, January 2, 2022.

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  • January 2, 2022: COVID-19 Test Kit Distribution

    The COVID-19 test kits are scheduled to arrive at Erie 1 BOCES early this evening. Now that we know the test kits are arriving in WNY, we feel comfortable providing the details of Sunday morning’s distribution process. As stated previously, the goal of Governor Hochul and NYSDOH Commissioner Mary Bassett is to assist school districts in their efforts to maintain in-person learning by having as many students as possible tested for COVID-19 prior to school resuming on Monday, January 3, 2022.

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  • December 30, 2021: Message from Dr. Vallely

    We hope that you have enjoyed time with your family and friends over the holiday break. We also hope that everyone in your family has remained healthy and safe. As you know, the Lancaster Central School District has prioritized in-person learning and keeping schools open while maintaining the health and safety of our entire school community.

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  • ECDOH Updates COVID-19 Quarantine Requirement

    ECDOH has released information on an option for release from quarantine after day 7. They have outlined the requirements along with a release from quarantine worksheet.

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  • ECDOH Resumes ID Now (Rapid) Testing

    ECDOH has been able to resume ID Now (rapid) COVID-19 diagnostic testing. ID Now is a NAAT test that provides results in about 15 minutes, on-site.

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  • 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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