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08-09-21 Informational Survey To Families, Faculty, and Staff

August 9, 2021

Dear Williamsville Central School District Families,

Last week, we were informed that the New York State Department of Health will not be providing health and safety guidance for schools operating during the COVID-19 pandemic for the 2021-2022 academic year.  We will continue to plan and prepare for the upcoming school year using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools, the American Academy of Pediatrics’(AAP) COVID-19 Guidance for Safe Schools, and any guidance received from the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) as a basis for creating an educational environment that is healthy and safe for all of our students, faculty, and staff.  Both the CDC and AAP documents are available on the District’s COVID-19 Education Page.

As we continue to plan, the District would like you to complete an informational survey in WITS for the fall.  On this survey, you will be asked about vaccination status along with screening testing health and safety questions.  As defined by the CDC, “screening testing identifies infected people, including those with or without symptoms who may be contagious, so that measures can be taken to prevent further transmission. In K-12 schools, screening testing can help promptly identity and isolate cases, quarantine those who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and are not fully vaccinated, and identify clusters to reduce the risk to in-person education.”

The informational survey will open on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) and close on Friday, August 13, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

While we will share the results of this informational survey with our school community as aggregate data, individual responses will remain confidential.

We will resume full-time, in-person instruction when school begins in September.  To that end, it is important that the District continues to move forward and follow guidance that will keep our schools healthy and safe.

We look forward to welcoming students back in September.

Sincerely,

Dr. Darren J. Brown-Hall
Superintendent of Schools