• Rich Klein

EDITORIAL: STATE DOH ORDERS ON COVID TESTING IN SCHOOLS SHOULD HAVE COME WEEKS AGO

It's a shame that the state Department of Health just yesterday rolled out an order for Covid-19 testing in schools.

Regardless of your views on this, it was VERY late in the game and has obviously put every Board of Education and Superintendent in Sullivan and across the state in crisis mode as most districts begin classes next week.

Most districts had just put the finishing touches on their reopening plans over the past two weeks and were communicating that to parents and students.

Now, they all have to abruptly shift gears and figure out - with BOCES, the County Public Health Department and the State - how to quickly implement the new regulations.

Kudos to Monticello Central School District for immediately getting out a memo to the community. It's expected other districts will follow their lead over the weekend.

On top of the 11th hour order from the state, Fallsburg Central School District is also dealing with a positive case of a staff member that occurred September 1 , which forced seven other employees to quarantine as well.


Good thinking, though, that Fallsburg did not waste any time and quickly published an online post about that issue.

Parents: Surely this is nerve-racking but please be patient with your school officials. They are doing the best they can after being thrown so many fastballs and curve balls - and especially "change-ups" over the past 18 months.

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