New COVID policies to take effect Oct. 26

Based on clarified guidance from the New York State Department of Health and conversations with the Herkimer County Department of Public Health, Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES and its 10 component school districts will make the following three clarifications to their COVID-19 absence policies to take effect Monday, Oct. 26: ‘Presumed positive’ cases reported to Public Health Individuals …

Stay healthy and safe this flu season

Flu is a contagious disease that begins in the fall and continues through the winter. During the COVID-19 pandemic, protecting against flu is more important than ever, especially for health care workers and other essential workers, as well as people at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 or flu. The New York State Department of …

Three cheers for our Board of Education

The Herkimer Central School District is joining all public school districts across the state to celebrate Oct. 19-23 as School Board Recognition Week to honor local board members for their commitment to our students and community. The New York State School Boards Association’s School Board Recognition Week is a time to highlight the important work …

School year calendar updated

The Herkimer Central School District has revised the calendar for the 2020-21 school year as follows: October: A superintendent’s conference day scheduled for Oct. 23 has been removed from the calendar and will be a day of instruction consistent with building schedules. November: A remote learning half-day has been scheduled for Nov. 12. This replaces …

COVID-19 Return to School Protocol explained

Everyone who enters Herkimer CSD school buildings is being asked to screen for possible COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone who shows the following symptoms without an explanation is asked to stay home, or may be asked to leave the building to seek medical attention: Fever or chills Cough Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing Fatigue Muscle or …

Sign up for a free smart thermometer

Herkimer Elementary is partnering with Kinsa’s FLUency (TM) School Health Program this year. Parents are invited to sign up for the program to receive a free smart thermometer. Here’s how: Text FLUENCY to 900900. Open the link to download the free Kinsa app. (Message and data rates may apply. You can always text STOP to …

Child care scholarships available

New York State is using a portion of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funds to provide child care to income eligible essential workers at no cost. Essential workers who must work outside of the home and who are using a regulated child care provider will receive a scholarship for …

Child care available to essential personnel

On March 18, Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order directing school districts to develop a plan for child care, with an emphasis on serving children of parents who are employed by essential businesses and entities that are critical to the COVID-19 response effort. Child care placement is available to personnel who provide essential services, supplies, …

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