How does the NYS Micro-Cluster Initiative affect our schools?

Dear Goshen families,

Many of you are likely aware of New York State’s Micro-Cluster Initiative, where regions of the state are designated Yellow, Orange or Red zones based on the prevalence of COVID-19 in those areas. Each zone designation comes with various restrictions for businesses, gatherings, and schools.

At this time, our region is NOT in one of these zones, but we are proactively preparing for this as COVID-19 infection rates increase in our area. If we are deemed to be in a micro-cluster zone, the state will require we test a specified percentage of all in-person students and staff for COVID-19 over a given period of time. The option to stay open will depend on if we obtain enough voluntary consent for testing, and how our school community’s test results compare to the overall population.

At this time, we are waiting for finalized details about the testing and consent process from local health officials and will share that information with you as soon as possible. We will continue to work closely with the Orange County Department of Health as well as the New York State Department of Health.

I encourage you to watch your email and the district website for information. I also ask that you continue to take the necessary health and safety precautions to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Thank you for your ongoing support and patience.

Sincerely,

Daniel T. Connor
Superintendent of Schools