Covid-19 Report Card
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Welcome to the Saugerties Central School District!
Superintendent - Mr. Kirk Reinhardt
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Technology- Dr. Darlene Westinghouse
Business Manager- Ms. Jane St. Amour
Director of Pupil Personnel Services - Dr. Lisajane Kappler
Director of Special Education - Ms. Marlene Anderson-Butler
Director of Human Resources - Mr. Daniel Erceg
February 3, 2021
Good Afternoon Sawyer Community,
As many of you know, on January 22, 2021, Governor Cuomo stated that high-risk sports could begin on February 1 with approval from local health authorities. Shortly after this announcement, the Ulster County Department of Health (UCDOH) released comprehensive and complex criteria for the authorization of high-risk sports. For the Saugerties Central School District, these high-risk indoor sports include basketball and wrestling. The UCDOH’s recommendations included, but were not limited to, creating a separate Code of Conduct for Students Athletes, testing for COVID-19, logging attendance by all individuals associated with the sport; limiting student-athlete extra-curricular activities, and continuing to practice typical COVID safety protocols. The guidance from the Department of Health is contained in the links on the second page.
Our goal has been to maintain our academic programs and engage in in-person learning. We have seen that following the guidance for contract tracing, one positive case of COVID can force the high school to pivot to fully remote learning even with the strict protocols of requiring masks and maintaining social distancing with increased fresh air circulation. High-risk indoor sports increase the chances to reduce our in-person instruction.
Over the last several days, I have had numerous conversations with the District’s physician, athletic director, administrative cabinet, and the Board of Education. Due to the available time frame and complexity of implementing these requirements and the increased risk to students safety due to the high risk of indoor sports, it is with deep regret that I have made the very difficult decision that the District will not be able to participate in basketball or wrestling this season. The time and resources needed to create and implement a thoughtful and safe plan that meets the UCDOH requirements is not realistic for the indoor winter season, which ends on February 28.
Many of you are aware that I was a high school coach for more than 20 years, coaching football, track, and wrestling. I truly believe that athletics and other extracurricular activities can teach lifelong skills to our students. As a school administrator, I find that attending these events is often a shining part of my day. Making the unpopular decision to forgo this year’s basketball and wrestling seasons was a painful decision to make.
We have had a very challenging time in public education since March 13, 2020, and I know that many of our students have already missed out on so much. After weighing all of the potential risks and possible outcomes, I have overwhelming concerns regarding the participation of our students in indoor high-risk sports at this time. One of the most important responsibilities I have is to ensure the safety of students, faculty, staff, and their families. I believe this decision is in the best interest of all parties. My goal is to have our students return to school full-time without any major disruptions to learning due to COVID-19 cases.
We will continue to work within the guidance from the UCDOH and our athletic department as will reevaluate the decision for high-risk sports for the upcoming fall and spring seasons of 2021.
Thank you for your continued support. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
Mr. Kirk Reinhardt
Superintendent of Schools
Ulster County Department of Health High-Risk Communication: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1V47hBaP-fu-pSV15gO-ywVn0ccmRuZpH/view?usp=sharing
Ulster County Department of Health: Memorandum in Response to the authorization of high-risk sports
Code of conduct Relating to School Sports and Other Activities