Dear Monticello CSD Community Member,
Since yesterday afternoon (October 14), we received notice that two (2) additional staff members of Robert J. Kaiser Middle School tested positive for COVID-19. From the three (3) COVID-19 positive staff members at RJKMS, approximately 14 instructional staff members and 140 students will be quarantined as close contacts through October 24, 2021.
Due to the staff shortage caused by these quarantines, Robert J. Kaiser Middle School—including St. John Street School—will be switched to remote instruction for the week of October 18 through October 22. These schools will resume in-person instruction on October 25, 2021.
Individuals are placed on quarantine by the New York State Department of Health when they are considered close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control defines “close contacts,” as individuals who were “less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.”
Per the New York State Department of Health, vaccinated individuals are not quarantined unless they show COVID-19 symptoms. All students in grades 6 8 should follow the remote instruction schedule on our RJK website. All other Monticello CSD schools will remain open to in-person instruction.
Meals will be delivered on Monday and Wednesday at the following times and locations. Students will receive two breakfasts and lunches on Monday, and three breakfasts and three lunches on Wednesday for a total of five days worth of meals.
As always, the safety of our students and staff is our top priority. We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause, but we would not be able to safely supervise our students and maintain COVID-19 mitigation protocols in RJK MS if it were to be open for in-person instruction.
All areas of the school have been regularly disinfected, and we’ll continue to disinfect our schools consistent with our COVID-19 protocols.
If you or your child are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your health care provider.
We hope that all of you remain healthy, or, if sick, recover soon. Stay well.
With Monti Pride,
Dr. Matthew T. Evans, Superintendent of Schools
Superintendente De Escuela