• Dear New Paltz Families,


    The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) recently released information regarding COVID-19 testing in school which states that the District must offer COVID-19 screening testing for unvaccinated students, on a weekly basis, in geographic areas identified by the CDC as having moderate, substantial, or high transmission rates.  Currently our geographic area is identified as a high transmission area, therefore, the district is offering weekly screening testing for any unvaccinated students who wish to be tested.


    This COVID-19 screening testing is optional and your child is not required to be tested.  Any parent/guardian who wishes to have their child tested weekly for COVID-19 must complete a form, accessible via this link, no later than Tuesday, October 5, 2021.  Completing this form will help us to plan accordingly.


    The district is working with Ulster County who will be supplying the Binex nasal swab rapid tests along with nursing staff to administer the tests.  Yesterday, Monday, September 27, we began the weekly screening testing of our unvaccinated school staff members and those vaccinated members who wish to be screened.  Once we have finished collecting data on the number of children that need to be screened, we will finalize the details and send out a communication notifying you when the weekly screening will begin.


    If you have any questions, please contact 845-256-4020 or via email at superintendent@newpaltz.k12.ny.us