“Test to Stay” needs parent permission

Dutchess BOCES is changing some COVID-19 protocols due to new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the state and local health departments.

The new protocols now allow people with COVID-19, and to those who have come in close contact with a person with COVID-19, to have shorter isolation and quarantine times in many instances. 

These changes, along with the ability to “test to stay,” should make it easier to have more students and staff in school for in person learning.

“Our goal is to keep children in school with us as much as possible,” said Deputy Superintendent Jodi Delucia.  “Doctors and experts agree that being in school is the best thing for students.  The new guidelines and protocols should help us in that mission.” Please read the letter from Deputy Superintendent Jodi Delucia for more information.

Parents must provide permission for their unvaccinated child to participate in the “Test To Stay” (TTS) Program.  To do so, parents can easily click on the button just under the photo gallery on our home page and complete the form.  This is a one-time requirement for TTS.

If parents have any questions, they should contact their building principal or school nurse.  Please check back frequently as guidance/decisions are subject to change.

“All of our decisions, from our reopening plan to these latest updates, are made with a focus on student and staff well-being during the pandemic,” said Delucia.  “Keeping our BOCES community healthy and safe is our top priority.”