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September 17, 2021

 

 

Dear Parents,

 

As you are probably aware, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has described a concerning national trend of increasing cases of COVID-19 caused by the Delta variant. The CDC has indicated that the Delta variant is approximately twice as transmissible as the early COVID strain. Since early July, cases have risen tenfold with 95% of recent positive cases in New York caused by the Delta variant.

 

As a result, the Commissioner of Health of the State of New York on September 2, 2021, issued new testing requirements for all schools in the state, whether public or private, from PreK through Grade 12.

 

1. All school staff must be vaccinated, or they must be tested weekly.

2. The Department of Health is recommending that students also be tested weekly. Weekly screening is not mandated for children in the Elmont School District. However, in an effort to assist the community in securing timely COVID-19 testing, when necessary, the district has arranged for voluntary screening or diagnostic testing beginning September 20, 2021.

 

Dr. Perry Frankel of Advanced Cardiovascular Diagnostics, together with his staff, will provide COVID screening tests to our District’s families according to the following schedule:

 

School: Alden Terrace, Dutch Broadway, Gotham Avenue

Day: Monday

Hours: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Location: ATS Parking Lot – behind the Elmont Public Library

 

  School: Clara H. Carlson, Covert Avenue, Stewart Manor

Day: Friday

Hours: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Location: ATS Parking Lot – behind the Elmont Public Library

 

Testing will be done by appointment only. Please follow the link on the attached flyers to

secure your appointment based upon your home school.

 

  The child(ren) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, or by an adult over 18

years of age with written authorization from the parent or guardian.

 

The Commissioner issued this order because regular COVID-19 testing enables the immediate identification of COVID-19 individuals, even those without symptoms. Those individuals can then isolate and prevent further transmission. In addition, public health authorities can initiate their contact tracing procedures and curtail the spread of the virus.

 

Thank you and we look forward to your child having a happy, healthy and productive school year.

 

Sincerely,

 

Kenneth Rosner

Superintendent of Schools

 

COVID-19 Testing Flyer Mondays

 

Appointment Linkhttps://elmontmemorialhs0927.youcanbook.me/

 

COVID-19 Testing Flyer Fridays

 

Appointment Linkhttps://sewanhaka1001.youcanbook.me/