Letter from Superintendent Dr. Van Scoy: COVID-19 Safety Reminders

October 15, 2021

Dear Parents and Staff, 

I think we can all agree we are tired of COVID-19 at this point. The unfortunate reality is that COVID-19 is not tired of us.  As such, we need to continue to remain diligent in following safety procedures and guidelines to keep our students safe and our schools open. 


As a reminder:

  1. If your child is not feeling well, please keep them home. COVID-19 has many symptoms and is not always distinguishable from other ailments.
  2. If your child has been taken in for a COVID-19 test, do not send them to school until the test has been confirmed as negative. This is important in helping to limit the number of students that need to be quarantined.
  3. Communication is key. If your child has gone to get a COVID-19 test at their Doctor’s office, please let the school nurse know. Doctor’s offices have become increasingly busy since the start of school and the paperwork can be delayed. Keeping us informed helps us to be prepared in the event of a positive test result.
  4. While we are not requiring individuals to complete daily or weekly screenings, it is critical that you perform a self assessment, or assess your student, on a daily basis. Ask yourself or your student: Have you recently been in close contact with anyone that has tested positive for COVID-19; have you tested positive for Covid-19; do you have any symptoms of COVID-19?  Beginning next week, we will send out daily reminders with three questions to ask yourself before reporting to school and what to do if you answer “yes” to any of these questions.


We continue masking, physical distancing and practicing good hand hygiene in our school buildings daily to ensure the safety of all of our staff and our students.  By working together we can help contain the spread and continue to keep our school community safe and our buildings open. 



Shawn Van Scoy, Ed.D.

Superintendent, Gananda Central School District