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GNPS Community Update, 12/15

December 15, 2020

Dear GNPS Community,

I’m writing to provide several important updates and reminders to our school community. 

COVID-19 Test Results 

This afternoon, the District received the complete lab results from the COVID-19 testing that was conducted in our yellow zone schools on Dec. 7 and Dec. 8. A total of 812 students and staff members received a PCR test, and all test results were negative for COVID-19. Thanks to the participation of our staff and families, we’ve met the 20% testing threshold set by the State.

While this news is reassuring, we cannot let our guard down. Keeping our schools safe and open requires a constant commitment from all our students, families, staff, and faculty. Please remain vigilant and follow health and safety guidelines at all times, especially during this holiday season. Our community’s actions over the recess will have a direct impact on our ability to continue in-person instruction in January.

Micro-cluster requirements and school-related guidance from the State are continually changing. Resources are available on our website at www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/reopening, and I’ll continue to provide updates as they pertain to our school community.

Snow Day Procedures

We’re keeping a close eye on a winter storm that could potentially bring significant snowfall and strong winds for Wednesday evening into Thursday. Our calendar for the 2020-21 school year includes two snow days, so if we need to close schools due to inclement weather, it would be a traditional snow day with no student instruction. As always, announcements about weather-related closures and delayed school openings will be communicated to families and staff via automated phone call, email, and an announcement on the GNPS website.

Travel Advisory

As we get ready for the start of holiday recess, please remember that health organizations at the state and federal levels strongly discourage unnecessary travel in order to limit the spread of COVID. 

If you must travel out of state, remember that the NYS Travel Advisory is still in effect. It is imperative that you follow all travel-related quarantine protocols set by the State. Any traveler coming into New York State (who was out of the state for more than 24 hours and coming from a noncontiguous state, US territory, or CDC level 2 or level 3 country) must quarantine for 14 days unless they test before departure and then again on day four of their return. A 14-day quarantine is mandatory for a return to school unless two negative tests results are presented. 

Thank you for your continued cooperation and support. Please stay warm and stay safe. I wish our entire community a joyous holiday season.

Sincerely,
Dr. Teresa Prendergast
Superintendent of Schools