Jan. 3 message from Superintendent Brian Monahan

Minisink Valley logoDear Minisink Valley parents/guardians:

As a follow-up to my note yesterday, I wanted to again stress we continue to follow all the necessary steps to ensure our buildings remain open for in-person instruction. As partners in your child’s education, we both know being in school provides the optimal learning experience to maximize academic success.

However, it’s important to note that, similar to other school districts locally, regionally, statewide and nationally, the uptick in COVID-19 positivity rates has impacted our staffing levels in recent weeks. We do expect this could continue for the coming weeks. Please know we evaluate our staffing throughout the day by reviewing the most up-to-date employee attendance reports, which includes what we foresee as staff absences for the following day.

Though we have no current indications we may need to pivot to remote instruction in any building, please know we’re prepared to do so, but only if necessary. It’s important that you review and refine your contingency plans in case we need to do so. Should this ever be the case, we will communicate this to you as quickly as possible.

As always, if your child is ill, regardless of vaccination status, or has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days, please keep your child at home and contact the school nurse for further instructions.

Thank you for your continued support of our work.

Brian C. Monahan

Jan. 2 message from Superintendent Brian Monahan on reopening schools