A Letter from the Bellmore-Merrick Component Districts re COVID-19 Protocols
December 30, 2021
Dear Bellmore-Merrick School Communities,
We hope that this letter finds you and your families enjoying the break. You may have heard that the CDC has issued new recommendations reducing the length of isolation and quarantine for people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or identified as a close contact of a positive case. At this time, these recommendations have not been adopted by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). The only changes that have been released by NYSDOH pertain to critical care workers and allow for an early return to work if numerous conditions are met.
Therefore, there is currently no change in protocol for students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or identified as a close contact. There is still a 10-day quarantine/isolation period in effect in New York State. Please continue to notify your district if your child has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or identified as a close contact due to an out of school exposure. As updates and changes are communicated to us, we will be sure to forward them to you.
In addition, you may have also heard that New York State is sending home testing kits to all school districts and has directed districts to form a plan to distribute them. Please note that receiving a home kit is optional. Only those families that wish to have a kit will receive one. At this time, the districts have not received the testing kits nor notification of when we can expect to receive them. In anticipation, surveys will be distributed shortly to all parents in each of our school districts to assess the desire of families to receive at-home testing kits for their child(ren). Once test kits have been made available to the districts, and we know how many are actually available, we will determine a process for distribution based upon the need. Please know we will NOT be sending kits home in backpacks.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding. As further details become available, we will keep you informed.
Best Wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Dr. Joseph S. Famularo
Mr. Michael Harrington
Dr. Dominick Palma
Dr. Cynthia Seniuk
Mrs. Marie Testa
Superintendents of Schools