South Orangetown Central School District

Sent via SchoolMessenger on January 7, 2021

Dear South Orangetown Families and Staff,

Happy New Year!

We’ve had a great week of remote instruction and are prepared to resume in-person hybrid learning on Monday, January 11.

As always, keeping our school community safe remains our top priority. To protect each other, it is critically important that families and staff follow return-to school guidelines. Please review the requirements below carefully and take all necessary steps to help us ensure a safe return to in-person hybrid instruction.

Despite our best efforts, we must anticipate that the ongoing impact of the pandemic may result in some or all of our schools transitioning to fully-remote learning in the weeks ahead. Please be sure to have alternate child care plans in place.

In the meantime, thank you for your partnership and continued support. May 2021 bring us all hope, health and peace.

Robert R. Pritchard, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Daily COVID-19 Questionnaire
As a reminder, students and staff are required to complete the Daily COVID-19 Questionnaire.

Travel-Related Requirements
Students and staff members who traveled outside of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont are required to provide documentation of two negative tests before returning to school/work:

  • COVID-19 test taken within three (3) days of departure from out-of-state destination, prior to arrival in New York; and
  • COVID-19 test taken four (4) days after arrival in New York. Individuals are required to quarantine once they arrive in New York until they receive a negative test result.

If both tests are not completed, asymptomatic individuals are subject to a mandatory 10-day quarantine.

Student documentation should be submitted to their school nurse:

Staff documentation should be submitted to Director of Staff Relations Joseph Lloyd, Ph.D., at

Other Exposure-Related Requirements
Those who have been directed to quarantine by their healthcare provider or the Department of Health and/or who have been notified that they have had contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must remain at home for the duration of the quarantine period.

Parents are required to email immediately.

Staff must email Dr. Lloyd at

Requirements for those Experiencing Symptoms
Students and staff who are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, including fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, cough, congestion or runny nose, sore throat, fatigue, muscle and body aches, loss of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting and/or diarrhea, should remain at home.

Families should notify their child’s school nurse and staff should notify Dr. Lloyd.