Canton Central School
Reopening Information - September 2021
In preparing for the opening of the 2021-22 school year, the Canton Central School district is emphasizing safe and responsible in-person instruction five days a week. Guidance from the CDC and the New York State Education Department form the basis of Canton Central School’s plan. With an emphasis on the wearing of face masks, physical distancing, washing of hands, use of hand sanitizer and frequent cleanings, it is the district’s intent to minimize the risk of exposure. The Reopening Plan will continue to evolve with additional guidance from local, state and federal health agencies.
Key Takeaways from the CDC Guidance
- Students benefit from in-person learning, and safely returning to in-person instruction in the Fall of 2021 is a priority.
- Vaccination is the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Promoting vaccination can help schools safely return to in-person learning as well as extracurricular activities and sports.
- Due to the circulating and highly contagious Delta variant, CDC recommends universal indoor masking by all students (age 2 and older), staff, teachers, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.
- Instruction will be in-person, five days per week.
- There will be no remote instruction option provided.
- There will be NO virtual Wednesday.
- There will be no Brown Days and no Gold Days.
- Every student will attend classes in person every day.
In the event that a student in grades PK-6 is quarantined, the student will be eligible to receive up to five hours of weekly remote tutoring after school hours. In the even that a student in grades 7-12 is quarantined, the student will be eligible to receive up to ten hours weekly of remote instruction after school hours.
Stopping the Spread
Due to the circulating and highly contagious Delta variant, the CDC recommends universal indoor masking by all students over the age of 2, teachers, staff, and visitors to K-12 schools regardless of vaccination status. Canton Central School district will require universal indoor masking by all students, staff, teachers, and visitors regardless of vaccination status. The universal mask requirement is subject to change based upon future CDC Guidance. Based upon documented medical necessity and approval by the school physician, exceptions to the mask requirement may be made.
Masks can be removed when students are outdoors during recess if physical distancing is being practiced. Masks may also be removed while eating meals or snacks. Masks must be worn by all who are on a bus in accordance with federal mass transit guidelines.
While daily screenings of staff, students and visitors is no longer required, all must be diligent in self-monitoring for any of the following symptoms or conditions:
- Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing
- Repeated Shaking with Chills
- Muscle Pain
- Sore Throat
- New Loss of Taste or Smell
It is expected that students, families, and staff continuously monitor themselves for symptoms. Those experiencing symptoms should stay home to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19.
In accordance with CDC guidance, physical distancing of three feet, when practicable, will be maintained between students. This includes during the eating of meals and snacks.
In accordance with CDC guidance, physical distancing is not required on school buses. The district will strive to maintain the greatest possible distance between students on the bus.
In accordance with CDC guidance, physical distancing of six feet between staff and students will be maintained to the extent practicable.
Who is a Contact?
As of August 18th, 2021 fully vaccinated students and staff who are masked at the time of exposure, and who remain asymptomatic, will not be considered a contact, and will NOT be required to quarantine.
As of August 18th, 2021, an unvaccinated student will be considered a contact if:
- Universal Indoor Masking is practiced and:
- The student is 3 feet away or less from the COVID-19 positive individual for 10 or more consecutive minutes, or 15 or more minutes over a 24 hour period while in a traditional classroom setting.
- The student is 6 feet or less away from the COVID-19 positive individual for 10 or more consecutive minutes, or 15 or more minutes over a 24 hour period while in physical education, in a music class, or while eating lunch.
- The student is 6 feet or less away from the COVID-19 positive individual while on a bus for any amount of time.
Contact tracing will be conducted by the Department of Health to limit the community spread of COVID- 19. Canton Central School district will cooperate with the St. Lawrence COunty Department of Public Health by providing requested information about individuals who may meet the requirements of being considered a contact.
In the event of a positive case within the school community, Canton Central School district will follow all directives of the St. Lawrence County Department of Public Health regarding notification and actions to be taken.
Canton Central School district will continue to emphasize the importance of frequent handwashing that meets best practice recommendations of the CDC:
- Scrub with soap for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer id soap and water are not accessible.
- Staff and students should use paper towels(or single use cloth towels) to dry hands thoroughly.
- Wash hands when arriving at and leaving school; after playing outside; after having close contact with others; after using shared surfaces or tools; before and after using the restroom; after blowing nose, coughing, and sneezing; and before and after eating and/or preparing food.
Canton Central School district will continue to make available hand sanitizer for staff, students, and visitors.
Academic Support: Meeting the Needs of All Children
At Banford Elementary, we have an additional AIS teacher. This provides every grade level with a dedicated AIS teacher. At McKenney Middle School, we have added two Instructional Support Room teachers. These teachers will provide additional academic support to students who are working to level-up their skills. At Hugh C. Williams Senior High School, we are seeking to hire a qualified teacher for an Instructional Support room as well.
- The district will hire an additional school psychologist to provide counseling services as well as evaluations for the Committee on Special Education.
- The Positivity Project will continue to be implemented district-wide.
- Welcome back events are being planned for students on the first day of school.
- School sponsored extracurricular activities, including athletics, will be offered. HEalth and safety measures established by the CDC, the New York State Department of Education, the New York State Public High School Athletics Association and Section X Athletics will be followed. New extracurricular Activities for the 2021-22 school year will include:
- The Banford Strummers
- Ski Club
- Positivity CLub
- Elementary Art Club
- 4th Grade Coding Club
- All students will be able to access the school meal program
- All students are eligible for free breakfast and lunch.
- Although meals will be served at no cost for all children, families are encouraged to complete the Free and Reduced Lunch Program as this helps the district secure additional state and federal funding.
Why Protocols are Necessary
The CDC has designated St. Lawrence County high risk for transmission of COVID-19. As of August 16th, there are 202 active cases and 9 hospitalizations. In St. Lawrence County, of those 12 years and older, eligible for vaccination, only 57.9% are fully vaccinated.
(Information from August 18th, 2021)
Universal Indoor Masking: Due to the circulating and highly contagious Delta variant, the CDC recommends universal indoor masking by all students over the age of 2, staff, teachers, and visitors to K-12 schools regardless of vaccination status.
Vaccinations: The American Academy of Pediatrics, the CDC, the NYS Dept. of Health, and the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department all recommend that children age 12 or older receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Speak to your health care provider for the best advice for your family.
According to the CDC, vaccination is the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Promoting vaccination can help schools safely return to in-person learning as well as extracurricular activities and sports.
Upcoming Vaccination Clinics:
- St. Lawrence County Public Health - 80 State Highway 310, Canton, NY
- Monday, August 23rd from 8:30am - 2:30pm
- Wednesday, August 25th from 8:30am - 2;30pm
- Monday, August 30th from 8:30am - 2:30pm
- Wednesday, September 1st from 8:30am - 2:30pm
Visit the Public Health Website to register at: www.stlawco.org
- Canton Central School - 99 State St., Canton, NY
- Wednesday, September 1st from 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Registration information will be posted soon on our website and our Facebook page. Information will also be sent to families through One Call Now. Walk-Ins will be accepted!
*Vaccines may also be available through your healthcare provider, or your local pharmacy.