To the Byram Hills School Community,

Thank you for your efforts over the past months to keep our community safe. I am grateful to our educators who have been working through the summer to develop lessons and adapt learning spaces to support the in-person and remote learning needs of our students. I am also grateful to the Board of Education for their stewardship of the District, their dedication to this work, and the approval of the 2020-2021 Return-to-School Plan.

The Byram Hills School District will open its doors on September 1, 2020. All K-6 students will return daily (with Wednesday as an 11:30 early release day for K-5 students), and grades 7-12 students will return in a hybrid model. All students will be in socially distanced learning spaces.

To prepare for our return, the District has adopted guidelines from the Department of Health (DOH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to keep our schools safe. The guidelines necessitated that we adjust our school schedules in all four buildings to cohort students as much as possible and meet the learning needs of children who are in class with the teacher, in an alternate setting for periods of time in the school, or at home (if the student meets the criteria for remote instruction as per NYSED). Additionally, there have been substantial changes to health and safety protocols, facilities
operations and cleaning, transportation protocols, and more. The operations of each school building will look different from arrival to dismissal than they have before.

The Return-to-School Plan details are included in this document and consider the safety, teaching, and learning needs of both students and staff.

All families and staff members are reminded to comply with the quarantine restrictions on travel as mandated by NYS. New York State Travel Advisory.

We will likely face uncertainties in the coming school year, but I am confident that we will adapt to the circumstances that may prevail, whether it involves improving on our protocols or switching to remote learning, when needed. More than ever, our continued collaboration and communication as a community are essential so that our community remains safe and our children thrive.

Thank you for your partnership - let’s move forward together.

Sincerely,

Jen Lamia, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


Remote Learning
For information related to the Byram Hills School District remote learning plan, please review the Teaching and Learning Section of the Byram Hills Return-to-School Plan.


COVID-19 Testing & Contact Tracing
The Byram Hills School District does not conduct COVID-19 testing in the event of a large-scale outbreak.  In the event that testing is required, the Westchester County DOH will provide us with direction. Please refer to the link of questions and answers from the DOH.

Students, staff or visitors requiring COVID-19 testing should contact their health provider, urgent care, a federally qualified health center, or a DOH testing facility.

The Byram Hills School District will notify the state and local health departments immediately upon being informed of any positive COVID-19 test by a student, staff member, or visitor.

To assist the DOH with contact tracing, the District has developed a plan to provide all contacts of exposed individuals in accordance with protocols, training, and tools provided through the New York State Contact Tracing Program.

For all contact tracing, the DOH will require the name, address, phone number, and date of birth of the individual as well as the name and phone number of the guardian of a student.

If/when COVID-19 cases are discovered, in consultation with the local health department, the Byram Hills School District will implement the District Plan for COVID-19 Testing & Contact Tracing, which is in the tab under Communication/Family Community Engagement tab.


Protocols from the School for Positive and Presumed Positive Cases & Return to School After Illness
Protocols for return to school for positive COVID-19 cases have been established county-wide by the Westchester DOH. The protocol for re-entry requires health care provider documentation that it is safe for the individual to return to school. The District will also follow the Interim Guidance from the DOH for Public and Private Employees Returning to Work Following COVID-19 Infection or Exposure after a student or staff member was a direct contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19.

Any individual (student or staff) with COVID-19 symptoms may return when:

  • The individual is symptom-free (or has reduced symptoms) and has a negative COVID-19 test, and the individual has been diagnosed with another condition (indicated on a written note from the healthcare provider). 

OR

  • The individual has quarantined for two weeks after beginning symptoms and is now symptom and fever-free.

 

The District will require that any individual exposed directly to a confirmed person with COVID-19 complete quarantine as per the DOH before returning and follow DOH and healthcare provider direction about when it is safe to return.  Contact Gina Cunningham if you are a staff member in quarantine after direct exposure.  Contact the school nurse if a student has had direct exposure and is in quarantine.

The CDC recommends 14 days of quarantine after exposure, based on the time it may take to develop the illness.

CLICK HERE for the downloadable PDF file.