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

Lancaster Families & Residents,

The following communication outlines two important topics:

  • Need for additional employees to support in-person learning
  • Purpose of at-home tests distributed on Sunday, January 2, 2022

Need for Additional Employees to Support In-Person Learning

The Lancaster Central School District is committed to providing an engaging educational experience for all of our students. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire school community has worked tirelessly to provide our students with in-person learning as much as possible. While we continue to see little spread of COVID-19 in schools, we know that the community transmission rate is high. Our goal is to continue to provide in-person learning; and to that end, we need to ensure that we have enough employees working in all areas of the District.

Despite the fact that we have hired and continue to hire staff members in all areas (instructional and non-instructional roles), we are still experiencing labor shortages in several areas and we are asking for your help. 

We have critical shortages in the following areas:

  • Substitute teachers in all grade levels and content areas (Bachelor’s degree needed)
  • Substitute teacher aides (high school diploma needed)
  • Cafeteria monitors and food service substitutes
  • Bus drivers & substitute bus drivers (training provided)
  • Substitute cleaners, custodians, and maintenance staff
  • Substitute nurses

If you or someone you know (e.g., friend, family member, neighbor) is interested in joining the LCSD team or has questions about qualifications, please contact our personnel office at (716) 686-3311 or personnel@lancasterschools.org.  Information about open positions can be found on our website: https://www.lancasterschools.org/domain/71

Purpose of Tests Distributed on Sunday, January 2, 2022

The purpose of yesterday’s distribution per Governor Hochul was to provide another layer of mitigation against the spread of COVID-19 prior to the return of students from winter recess. Please note the following:

  • At this point, per the ECDOH, negative at-home test results will not be accepted for early release from quarantine or for diagnostic purposes if a child is exhibiting symptoms associated with COVID-19.
  • Positive at-home COVID-19 test results are accepted by the ECDOH and should be reported. Please call the COVID-19 Information Line at (716) 858-2929 or use the online reporting form (https://www3.erie.gov/covid/form/form-to-report-a-positive-covid-).
  • Acceptable COVID-19 tests to shorten quarantine include rapid NAAT (PCR) or antigen tests conducted and reported by a licensed laboratory.