Parent/Caregiver Communications

September 28, 2021

Dear Parents and Caregivers of Ulster BOCES CTE Students:

I hope that this letter finds you safe and well.

As I noted to you at the beginning of this school year, our goal as we started this school year was to have students attend the Career and Technical Education Center (CTE) in person every day.  Unfortunately, in the weeks since we opened school for this school year, we have had to quarantine a number of students at our CTE Center because it was determined that they were a close contact with a confirmed positive COVID-19 case. 

The CDC and the NYS Department of Health (NYS DOH) define a close contact in a classroom setting as students who were within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.  Both the CDC and the NYS DOH allow that distance to be reduced to 3 feet if all parties were engaged in the consistent and correct use of well-fitting masks.  The NYS DOH regulations require that all close contacts with someone with COVID-19 must quarantine.  The regulation goes on to say that the quarantine requirement only applies to students who are not fully vaccinated.  A fully vaccinated student with no symptoms is not required to quarantine. 

The CTE Center’s classroom and labs are unlike any traditional classroom setting in any of our component districts.  In our lab settings, students, by design, typically work in teams and they typically work closely together.  Classes are over two hours in length each day.  In such a setting, a single COVID-19 positive individual could result in our having to quarantine upwards of 30-40 students in a single class.  Such a quarantine impacts not only their presence at CTE but also their presence in their home district's classes as well

We suspect that upwards of 60% of the students currently attending CTE are unvaccinated even though they are eligible to be vaccinated.  The Ulster County Department of Health is sponsoring Vaccination Clinics in each of our school districts over the next several weeks.  Here is the schedule:

October 2nd 10:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.  Kingston High School, 403 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401
October 3rd  10:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.  Wallkill Senior High School,  90 Robinson Dr, Wallkill, NY 12589
October 16th 10:00 a.m.-5:00p.m. Saugerties Senior High School, 310 Washington Ave, Saugerties, NY 12477
October 17th 10:00 a.m.-5:00p.m. Rondout Valley High School 122 Kyserike Rd, Accord, NY 12404
October 23rd 10:00 a.m.-5:00p.m. New Paltz High School,  130 S Putt Corners Rd, New Paltz, NY 12561
October 24th 10:00 a.m.-5:00p.m. Onteora High School,  5203, 4166 NY-28, Boiceville, NY 12412
November 13th 10:00 a.m.-5:00p.m. Ellenville High School, 28 Maple Ave, Ellenville, NY 12428
November 14th 10:00 a.m.-5:00p.m. Highland High School,  320 Pancake Hollow Rd, Highland, NY 12528
November 20th 10:00 a.m.-5:00p.m. Marlboro High School, 50 Cross Rd, Marlboro, NY 12542 

The complete list of Ulster County Vaccination sites follows.  Use the embedded links to schedule an October appointment. 

If the link takes you to a screen that says, “No Appointments Available,” it means that all appointments have been filled.

The link works best with the Google Chrome browser. On the final page of the registration, it will say “print this page” or “done” and will confirm the appointment is done. Bring your printed/screenshot registration ticket and an ID that shows proof of eligibility (age).

I would strongly encourage you to seriously consider having your child vaccinated so that we can avoid having to quarantine them if they were in contact with a confirmed positive COVID-19 case.  Of course, should you have any questions about the vaccine or the vaccination program speak to your personal care physician or follow this link to the Ulster County COVID-19 information site: https://covid19.ulstercountyny.gov/vaccine-resource-center/ or this link to the Vaccine FAQ page:  https://covid19.ulstercountyny.gov/vaccine-faqs/

Charles V. Khoury, Ed.D.

District Superintendent

Ulster BOCES

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