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  • Special BOE Business Meeting - Thursday, 2/25 at 6:00 pm via ZOOM

    For the ZOOM Link to join the Special Business Meeting, READ MORE

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  • February Break -- COVID-19 Case Update

    As promised, I am updating you today with a summary of cases of CoVid-19 since the start of our February / MidWinter break. READ MORE...

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  • February Break Covid Related Update

    As you know, the District will be closed Feb. 15-19 for February break. As a reminder, the New York State Department of Health requires that anyone traveling to New York from a non-contiguous state may need to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival. This means that if you travel out-of-state during February break, your child(ren) may not be able to return to school until the required quarantine period has ended. Travelers may be able to “test out” of the mandatory quarantine; please refer to the NYSDOH website for more information. To view the full letter from Supt. Hadden, READ MORE:

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  • COVID-19 Request for Release

    If you have been subject to mandatory quarantine or isolation by the Orange County Department of Health, as a result of Covid-19, you can use this site to request a release that you can provide to your school or employer to show your eligibility to return to school or work.

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  • A Letter from the Superintendent 1-26-21

    Today, the District learned that a GWL Elementary School in-person student tested positive for COVID-19 based on diagnostic tests. Due to the timeline of the test, the individual is not deemed to be an exposure threat to any in-District individuals. Each positive case serves as an important reminder that we can help stop the spread by following the guidance of the state and local health departments. The most important things you can do: READ MORE

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  • A Letter from the Superintendent 1-25-21

    Today, the District learned that a student from our middle school tested positive for COVID-19 based on a diagnostic test. Department of Health protocols call for contact tracing for the 48-hour period prior to the test or symptom onset. Contact tracing has been conducted and individuals identified as first contacts (needing to quarantine) have already been notified. The CoVid positive individual is currently isolating, and due to federal health privacy laws, further information about their identity cannot be released. Each positive case serves as an important reminder that we can help stop the spread by following the guidance of the state and local health departments. The most important things you can do: READ MORE

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  • Important Update

    Today we were notified of a CoVid positive teacher at our Middle School. Due to the number of individuals this teacher came in contact with, we are still creating our list of first contacts. Once contact tracing is complete, I will send out an email to every affected student’s parents this afternoon notifying them of the need to quarantine. That said, the number of CURRENT CoVid positive individuals at our middle school has now reached six, with a highly likely seventh person. Due to the highly concentrated number of positive cases in a short amount of time, I have made the decision to close our middle school building to students for all of next week. Students will be able to return to in-person instruction on Monday, February 1st. I did not make this decision lightly...READ MORE

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  • A Letter from the Superintendent 1-21-21

    Today, the District learned that a student from our middle school tested positive for COVID-19 based on a diagnostic test. The individual was not in the building during what the health department considers the contagious period, and therefore is not deemed to be an exposure threat to any students or employees. Each positive case serves as an important reminder that we can help stop the spread by following the guidance of the state and local health departments. The most important things you can do: • Make sure your child is wearing a mask. • Make sure your child washes hands frequently. • Keep your child home if they are sick. • Call your primary care provider if you or your child has symptoms. READ MORE

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  • A Letter from the Superintendent 1-20-21

    This evening, the District learned that four individuals from our middle school tested positive for COVID-19 based on a diagnostic test – one teacher and three students. Department of Health protocols call for contact tracing for the 48-hour period prior to the test or symptom onset. For two of the individuals, contact tracing has been conducted and individuals identified as first contacts (needing to quarantine) have already been notified. The CoVid positive individuals are currently isolating, and due to federal health privacy laws, further information about their identity cannot be released. The other two individuals were not in the building during what the health department considers the contagious period, and therefore are not deemed to be an exposure threat to any students or employees. Each positive case serves as an important reminder that we can help stop the spread by following the guidance of the state and local health departments. The most important things you can do: READ MORE

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  • Community Letter January 18, 2021

    Today, the District learned that an in-school student from our elementary school tested positive for COVID-19 based on a diagnostic test administered yesterday. Department of Health protocols call for contact tracing for the 48-hour period prior to the test for asymptomatic individual. Contact tracing has been conducted and individuals identified as first contacts (needing to quarantine) have already been notified. The CoVid positive student is currently isolating, and due to federal health privacy laws, further information about their identity cannot be released. Each positive case serves as an important reminder that we can help stop the spread by following the guidance of the state and local health departments. The most important things you can do: READ MORE

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  • Community Letter January 13, 2021

    Today, the District learned that an in-school student from our middle school tested positive for COVID-19 based on a diagnostic test administered yesterday. Department of Health protocols call for contact tracing for the 48-hour period prior to the test for asymptomatic individual. Contact tracing has been conducted and individuals identified as first contacts (needing to quarantine) have already been notified. The CoVid positive student is currently isolating, and due to federal health privacy laws, further information about their identity cannot be released. Each positive case serves as an important reminder that we can help stop the spread by following the guidance of the state and local health departments. The most important things you can do:: READ MORE

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  • Community Letter January 11, 2021

    Today, the District learned that a GWL Middle School student enrolled in our choice remote learning program tested positive for COVID-19 based on diagnostic tests. The individual does not attend in-person school and therefore is not deemed to be an exposure threat to any District individuals. Each positive case serves as an important reminder that we can help stop the spread by following the guidance of the state and local health departments. The most important things you can do: READ MORE

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  • Community Letter January 5, 2021

    Today, the District learned that an employee in the elementary school tested positive for COVID-19 based on diagnostic tests. The individual has not been in in District since before winter break and therefore is not deemed to be an exposure threat to any District individuals. Each positive case serves as an important reminder that we can help stop the spread by following the guidance of the state and local health departments. READ MORE

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  • It's 2021! A Brief Update from the Superintendent of Schools

    2020 has finally come to a close and I very much look forward to a happy and healthy 2021 for every single one of our GWL community members. I hope you all enjoyed the winter break and took the time to rest and relax. We have begun eLearning Remote Program for our one week "pause" after the winter break. Principals emailed schedules out over the weekend again for anyone who needed them. Students will return to in-person learning on Monday, Jan 11th (3 hour delay day), unless your child is enrolled in our choice Remote/Distance Learning program. Some quick items for your review: READ MORE

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  • A Message from the Superintendent December 10, 2020

    Today, the District learned that an employee in the transportation department as well as an elementary school student tested positive for COVID-19 based on diagnostic tests. The individuals have not been in in District since before Thanksgiving and therefore are not deemed to be an exposure threat to in-person students or employees. Each positive case serves as an important reminder that we can help stop the spread by following the guidance of the state and local health departments. The most important things you can do:

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  • A Letter from the Superintendent 12-9-2020

    Today, the District learned that an employee in the transportation department tested positive for COVID-19 based on diagnostic test. The individual has not been in touch with students or staff since before Thanksgiving and therefore is not deemed to be an exposure threat to in-person students or employees. Each positive case serves as an important reminder that we can help stop the spread by following the guidance of the state and local health departments. The most important things you can do: • Make sure your child is wearing a mask. • Make sure your child washes hands frequently. • Keep your child home if they are sick. • Call your primary care provider if you or your child has symptoms.

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  • A Letter from the Superintendent 12-7-2020

    Today, the District learned that two middle school students and one elementary school student tested positive for COVID-19 based on diagnostic test. The students have not been in the building since before Thanksgiving and therefore are not deemed to be an exposure threat to in-person students or employees. Each positive case serves as an important reminder that we can help stop the spread by following the guidance of the state and local health departments. The most important things you can do: READ MORE

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  • A Letter from the Superintendent 12-6-20

    Today, the District learned that a staff member from our middle school tested positive for CoVid-19 based on a diagnostic test. The staff member has not been in the building since before Thanksgiving and therefore is not deemed to be an exposure threat to in-person students or employees. As of today, we are still set to reopen our doors to students on Tuesday, December 8th. Please make sure you inform the building principal and teacher if your child is a first contact of someone who tested positive for CoVid-19 so that we can arrange for them to attend school remotely. If your child tests positive for CoVid-19, please email me as soon as possible. As a District, READ MORE

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  • A Letter from the Superintendent 12-3-2020

    Today, the District learned that a staff member from our elementary school tested positive for COVID-19 based on a diagnostic test. The staff member has not been in the building since last week and therefore is not deemed to be an exposure threat to in-person students or employees. Each positive case serves as an important reminder that we can help stop the spread by following the guidance of the state and local health departments. The most important things you can do: READ MORE

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  • A Letter from the Superintendent 12-2-2020

    The District has learned that a student from our elementary school tested positive for COVID-19 based on a diagnostic test. The student was not been in the building during what the health department considers the contagious period, and therefore is not deemed to be an exposure threat to any students or employees. Each positive case serves as an important reminder that we can help stop the spread by following the guidance of the state and local health departments. READ MORE

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