Superintendent Update 9.2.21

Superintendent Update 9.2.21
Posted on 09/02/2021
Superintendent Update 9.2.21Update as of September 2, 2021 - 4:00 p.m.

Dear Elmira City School District Families,

We look FORWARD to welcoming students across the Elmira City School District to the 2021-22 school year. The challenges we faced together in the last year have strengthened our staff, students and systems. As we are again facing more health and safety planning for this year, I wanted to first express my gratitude to you for your fortitude, patience, and thoughtful support.

As we prepare for the upcoming year, our objective is to return all students back to five days weekly of in-person instruction. The District will continue following guidance set forth by the New York State Education Department, as well as the New York State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

For those that were a part of the District last year, the year will begin very similarly to how it ended in June 2021. In accordance with the Commissioner's Determination issued pursuant to 10 NYCRR 2.60, any person over the age of 2 (including all students, personnel, teachers, administrators, contractors, and visitors) must wear masks at all times indoors in P-12 school buildings and school buses, regardless of vaccination status. Mask-breaks are planned for students and staff throughout the school day. Masks are not required for outdoor events.

2021-2022 Re-Opening Plan | Looking Forward to a Healthy Future

In the following pages linked here, you’ll find a range of health and safety protocols the District is implementing. Please note that this is a living document that will be updated as new guidelines and guidance is recommended from health officials. >>Download the printable 2021-2022 Elmira City School District Re-Opening Plan | Looking Forward to a Healthy Future

Health Screening | GST BOCES StayWell

A healthy school environment begins at home. The ECSD will continue to utilize the “Stay Well Questionnaire,” an at home on-line screening tool. A screening questionnaire will be provided to parents/guardians by the school. Please make sure you are completing and submitting this questionnaire to the school as instructed.

The last year has taught us that as public health conditions change, we quickly need to update our robust health and safety planning. District leaders of the Elmira City School District will continue its efforts to work closely with state and local agencies. It is our goal to continue to make health and safety, high quality instruction, family engagement, social and emotional support, and strong communication the forefront of our District planning.

We LOOK FORWARD TO A HEALTHY FUTURE with our strong Express community! #GoExpress

Thank you and be well,
Hillary J. Austin
Hillary J. Austin
Superintendent of Schools
Elmira City School District