Approximately 20,000 COVID-19 antigen testing kits were delivered to Ulster BOCES on New Year’s Day for distribution to the students in Ulster County public schools. Building Maintenance Supervisor Victor DeStefano met the delivery driver on January 1 to receive the shipment, which was later sorted with assistance from District Superintendent Dr. Charles V. Khoury and Building Maintenance Mechanic Albert Bodie. Test kits may be provided to families to be used as a tool for the school districts as part of the new "Test to Stay" initiative recently adopted by New York State and Ulster County, the goal of which is to minimize student quarantines and to maximize in-person instruction. The districts began picking kits up on Monday, January 3. Each school district will communicate distribution plans directly to their families.
“New York State provided this important shipment of test kits in an effort to help minimize in-school spread and support the ability to continue in-person learning amid the latest wave of the omicron strain of the coronavirus pandemic,” explained Dr. Khoury. “Our superintendents and county health officials are closely monitoring the situation and taking all steps possible to maintain safe environments so we can keep our students in their classrooms.”