Thank you to everyone for your patience and support regarding yesterday’s news of a confirmed case of a staff member. We are very happy to report that this individual is feeling much better. We are sending our very best wishes for a speedy recovery.
As promised, here is the latest information we have available:
Our District physician has advised those who were in contact with this individual that unless someone is showing signs of the illness, there is no need to be quarantined or get tested. Given the nature of the individual’s position and the limited contact they have with others, the recommendation is to follow current recommendations given to all citizens in New York State, which is to limit all unnecessary contact outside of your home.
If anyone experiences symptoms of COVID-19, which may appear 2-14 days after exposure, they should contact their physician. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of the emergency warning signs, which the CDC advises are difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face.
School Meal Delivery
Unfortunately, we are unable to resume providing our meal services until Tuesday. At this time, families will need to pick up meals between 10 AM and 12 Noon at the High School in the back parking lot near the cafeteria entrance. We will still provide delivery to those who do not have the ability to come to us. If you find yourself in this situation, we ask that you to call us at 691-1040 and leave a message with your name, address, and phone number so arrangements can be made. On Tuesday, March 24, meals for three days will be available. The next availability is expected to be on Monday, and at that time we anticipate providing meals for the next five days. **** Updated 3/23 **** Moving forward, we will be offering food pick-up once a week and will be supplying food for the whole family, not just individual students. Starting next week, the food distribution will be held on Wednesdays, from 9 AM-12 PM at Highland High School. We will have a drive-up model outside of the cafeteria. Those who cannot come to the High School to do pick up should call 691-1040 and we will deliver meals to them.
Our teachers are continuing to adjust their lesson plans to accommodate distance learning. Students can expect to find their work on their teacher websites (K-5) or Schoology accounts (6-12) by 9 AM on Monday. Stay tuned for more information about continuing distance education beyond March 30 should we need to do so. We anticipate having more information for students who do not have access to a device by Wednesday. Remember to please email your child’s building principal ASAP if you are in this situation.
For now, our buildings will remain closed to all staff and visitors except our buildings and ground team (who are continuing to clean and sanitize) and those employees involved in the food preparation/distribution at the High School. We will reschedule the parent-pick up of medications as soon as we can.
Once again, thank you for your patience as we work through these circumstances. Be assured that your team at HCSD is working hard to address the needs of our students, school, and community.