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COVID-19 HUB

This page is the central location for COVID 19 information as it pertains to Washingtonville Central School District. With the assistance of utilizing protocols issued by the New York State Department of Health and the Orange County Health Department, the district has been able to successfully provide in-person instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic while keeping students and staff safe. Increased access to COVID-19 information, vaccinations, testing and treatment have also helped reduce cases and improve the ability to provide in-person instruction.

The state has updated its guidance in regards to mitigation strategies, testing and reporting, giving the school district more flexibility heading into the 2022-2023 school year. For a Spanish version of the guidance, click here.

If a positive case is identified, either from a home test or laboratory test, please follow these directions: 

  • The positive individual must remain in isolation for a minimum of 5 days.  (Day zero is the first day of symptoms, or, if symptom free, the date of the test).
  • Alert the health office/attendance office. You may request that work be sent home. With isolation lowered to 5 days, there is no longer a virtual option for absences.
  • The individual may return to school on Day 6 if they have been fever free for at least 24 hours without any medication and other symptoms are improved.
  • Upon return, the individual must wear a well-fitting mask through Day 10. 
  • Athletes who had moderate to severe symptoms to COVID 19 must give a doctor's clearance for return to play. It is recommended that those athletes with mild or no symptoms have this clearance, but it is not required.
  • Staff must submit absence in AESOP and alert Personnel for next steps.

There will no longer be any contact tracing, unless the district feels it is necessary during a period of an outbreak. There will no longer be any virtual instruction for students who are not in the classroom. There will no longer be weekly updates reporting the number of COVID cases in the schools and it is no longer necessary to report these numbers to the state.

The district will continue to encourage layered prevention strategies, which will help to prevent the spread of many infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, influenza (flu), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and norovirus, and support healthy learning environments for all. Strategies include:

  • Staying up-to-date on vaccination
  • Staying home when sick
  • Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette 
  • Cleaning protocol

Please reach out to the student's building nurse or administration, or the Central Office, with any questions or concerns throughout the year:

Lynn R. Imperato, Director of Personnel & Staff Development limperato@wcsdk12.org or (845) 497-4000, Ext. 27051. She is the district COVID-19 coordinator.
Maryke Troast, District Nurse Practitioner mtroast@wcsdk12.org or (845) 497-4000, Ext. 21532. She oversees the health protocol for the district in conjunction with the district doctor.

For a Spanish version of this text, please click here.