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COVID-19 UPDATES
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GENERAL INFORMATION

Click HERE to visit the CDC Website

Click HERE to visit the WHO Website

Click HERE to visit the New York State Department of Health Website

Click HERE to visit Governor Cuomo's website

Click HERE to visit the Orange County Department of Health Website

NYS COVID-19 Hotline 1-888-364-3065 (open 24 hours)
Anthony Wayne Testing Area 888-364-3065

 


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RECENT COVID-19 UPDATES FROM OUTREACH TUXEDO

Call Father Rick 917 658 6314  or Sue Heywood, St Mary's Outreach Chair, 845 351 3473 for assistance

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RECENT COVID-19 UPDATES FROM THE TUXEDO UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICRT

Return To Learn - Update - Posted 8/27/2020

Dear Tuxedo Community,

I hope this letter finds everyone enjoying these last few days of summer and spending quality time with family and friends. Over the past month, we have been preparing for school to open and determining what that would look like.  After considerable thought, our plan has changed and the decision has been made that the 2020-21 school year will begin on the Distance Learning model.  This means that all students will begin the 2020-21 school year on Distance Learning from home, until further notice.   The first official day of the 2020-21 school year will be September 8, 2020.  

We will continue to monitor what is happening with COVID-19 and re-evaluate in October.  In October, we may decide to initiate the hybrid plan, or we may decide to remain on Distance Learning.   Should we remain on Distance Learning, the COVID-19 status will continue to be evaluated and we will act accordingly.

On July 31st, our plan was for school to begin in September with In-Person instruction for all students every day.  As that continues to be our ultimate goal, in order to accomplish this goal, we need to ensure the health and safety of all. The health and safety of our students and staff remain paramount and this decision to change was not an easy one. 

Last week, we sent out a survey to see how our parents feel about students returning to school in September.  Are parents feeling good about students physically returning to school, or would parents be more comfortable with starting the year with Distance Learning?  Similarly, the same questions were asked of the teachers.  Reviewing these surveys, looking at the data, speaking with faculty and staff, and hearing the recommendations of the Board of Education,  have all helped us to determine the best course of action for our Tuxedo family.  Together, we must act in the best interest of all.

Our Return to Learn Advisory Council has given us valuable input and shared their insights and recommendations regarding opening in September.  When considering what we’ve learned over the past month and taking all data points into consideration, we have had to make some difficult decisions.

September 8th will be the start to our new year.  Student schedules will be available as of Tuesday, September 1st, they will be mailed out as well as available on the parent portal. If you do not have access to the parent portal, please contact Ms. Dixon or Mr. Takeuchi to set you up.  An orientation and device pick-up schedule is being created for the first week of school and will be sent home in advance of September 8th. 

2020-21 School Day & Schedules

The school day for all students will be from 8:00AM - 2:48PM with a variety of differences based on the grade level.  At the elementary level, each teacher will determine the specific times students will need to log-in for various lessons each day. For example, the day may start with a morning meeting, an AM block, special subject class (PE, Music, Art, Library, etc), PM block, and end of the day meeting.   

At the secondary level, students in grades 6-12 will follow their regular schedule and each period will start at the regular time.  Individual teachers will determine the online portion of each class as that will vary from subject to subject. We want to be mindful of the expectation and amount of time each student is spending behind the screen.  Once schedules have been received, questions about student schedules for students in grades 6-12 should be directed to Ms. Oliva. 

Overview of Weekly Student Schedule 

Regardless of which model we are in, Mondays will be a Distance Learning day where students learn from home with asynchronous instruction assigned by their teachers to be completed and submitted by the end of their day.  Students will not have a set schedule on this day.

Mondays:  Asynchronous learning from home

Tuesday – Friday:  Students will remain at home and follow their A-D Schedule remotely with synchronous learning.  This means that there will be live instruction at the time listed for each class on that letter day.  Students will be responsible for “showing up” to their virtual class at the time corresponding with their schedule. Please know that if a student logs in late or does not log in at all, it will be recorded as a late or unexcused absence (the same as if we were physically in school).

Below is what a student’s week will now look like:

  • Monday:      Students learn asynchronously from home

  • Tuesday:      Students follow their A-Day schedule with synchronous instruction

  • Wednesday:      Students follow their B-Day schedule with synchronous instruction

  • Thursday:      Students follow their C-Day schedule with synchronous instruction

  • Friday:      Students follow their D-Day schedule with synchronous instruction

At-Home Routines

As we begin Distance Learning and ultimately prepare for students to return, we must ensure that all students and families adjust to the expectations and routines of at-home instruction and settle into their new daily schedules.  All students are expected to log-in to each class at the scheduled time.  Therefore, please begin thinking about your at-home daily routines.   More than ever, now is a good time to determine what works best for your family.  This should include a dedicated homework time (after school) that does not extend late into the evening.

Since the beginning of COVID-19 last March, when given the opportunity, we have always made decisions that are in the best interest of our students.  As we enter the 2020-2021 school year, we will continue to do the same and work collaboratively to support teaching and learning in Tuxedo.  Together, as a symbol of our unified commitment to our Tuxedo UFSD students and families, we sign this letter in support of our plan to ensure the health and safety of all.

Thank you, have a wonderful Labor Day weekend, and we will see you (virtually) in September!


Timothy H. Bohlke, 
Middle/High School Principal and Superintendent of Schools

Stuart Wirth, 
President - Tuxedo Teachers Association and Tuxedo Employees Union

Dorothy Ziegelbauer, 
President - Tuxedo UFSD Board of Education 

Paul Brown, 
Elementary School Principal

Nicole Scariano, 
Assistant Principal of Student Services

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RECENT COVID-19 UPDATES FROM THE TOWN OF TUXEDO

Tuxedo Town Hall Reopening Monday August 3rd, 2020 - Posted 8/3/2020

Esteemed Town Employees, Town Board colleagues, Tuxedo residents, and visitors. The Tuxedo Town Hall is now open to the public. This follows many weeks of restricted access that was intended to protect Town employees and the general public. Now, Town offices, including the Town Clerk, all have regularly scheduled hours in order to serve you. Hand sanitizer will be at each door and masks are required to enter the building.

The Justice Court, our busiest unit, will resume “in person” operations this week. They have a backlog of cases to adjudicate so managing the crowds will be a concern. We will limit the number of people in the building at any one time and the flow of traffic will be unidirectional. Visitors to the court will enter through the front door, be admitted to the courtroom, go before the judge, and exit through the side door in the courtroom.

Visitors to the second floor, for the Building Department, Assessor, Recreation Department, Supervisor’s Office, or for any other purpose will be directed to enter through the back of the building, up the ramp. Visitors will be advised to call the person they are meeting to either set an appointment or to have someone open the door.

Town Board Meetings will continue to be held via WebEx until further notice. The Community Room, where we normally hold these meetings, is small with poor ventilation and  thus not suitable for any size crowd. I hope that in the fall we can begin hosting meetings in person. The Community Room is also a meeting space for our senior citizens so keeping them safe will be an important factor in deciding our public access policy.

All outgoing voice messaging must be updated to clarify that Town Hall is open and that staff are here on a regular schedule. Our webpage message will be updated and all signage should reflect these changes.

As the pandemic continues to unfold The Town Board, working under the direction of The Governor’s Office and Orange County officials, will update our  emergency response as necessary. These plans are all subject to change. 


We continue to move forward and strengthen our community. So, stay safe, work together, and continue to help those most in need.


Respectfully,  Ken English - Town Supervisor


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RECENT COVID-19 UPDATES FROM THE VILLAGE OF TUXEDO PARK

From The Mayor's Desk - Covid 19 Update - Mid July Recreation Guidelines (posted July 12, 2020)

Dear Neighbors,

With summer recreational activities in full swing on our lakes and other village properties, it is an excellent time to refocus on mitigating the risk of community spread. The residents have been stellar in following the guidelines to date and we should continue to do so. Recent national news and 1-newly reported case of COVID-19 in the Park (not community spread) has motivated me to reach out.
While it is a challenge at this point to continue social distancing and wearing a mask, we should resist the temptation not to.
The virus is still here.
 As I mentioned, during the first three months of the stay-at-home order we did a stellar job as a community resulting in no cases of community spread. While confidence in our safety within the gates is justifiable, because we are in Phase 4, and New York City is in Phase 3, we have to be careful not to be overconfident or complacent. Residents are going back to work in New York City, there are more outside delivery vehicles and service vendors here more than ever before, guests are visiting on a much more regular basis, and we are venturing out to reopened stores and restaurants.

Across the nation, areas that are complacent and have relaxed restrictions are seeing a surge of cases. If someone contracts the virus in Tuxedo Park and we continue to gather in large, non-family groups, without following the guidelines, the number of cases will spread at an exceedingly fast pace in our tight-knit community and could have serious implications for the most vulnerable.

The Village of Tuxedo Park is affirming the Coronavirus guidelines issued by the New York State Department of Health here.
 
These guidelines naturally are in effect for all Village property, including Tuxedo Lake, the Little Wee Wah (Pond No. 3), Wee Wah Lake, the Race Track, the hiking trails, the Village Office, and all of our roads.  
 
In my opinion, there is no better place than Tuxedo Park to weather this pandemic.  Let’s continue to act responsibly and do our part so that new cases are kept to a minimum.


Thanks,

Mayor Mac

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COVID-19 UPDATES FROM THE COUNTY & THE STATE

Update From County Executive Steve Neuhaus - Posted 9/24/2020

 

Update From County Executive Steve Neuhaus - Posted 9/23/2020

 

Update From County Executive Steve Neuhaus - Posted 9/22/2020

 

Update From County Executive Steve Neuhaus - Posted 9/21/2020 

Update From County Executive Steve Neuhaus - Posted 9/18/2020


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Orange County Town-by-Town Map of Positive Cases - Posted 9/22/2020

As of September 22, Tuxedo has 74 Active cases of Covid-19

Click here to visit the Orange County NY Active Covid Cases by Town Website


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Community Resources: 

  • If you know or suspect someone despicably price gouging, please report it by calling 1-800-697-1220 or Local Consumer Affairs at 845-360-6700. 
  • The New York State Department of Health has set up a 24-Hour Hotline Number: 1-888-364-3065 and informational website. 
  • The CDC's Recommendations for vulnerable populations can be found here.
  • The CDC Guidelines for Childcare Centers and K-12 Schools can be found here
  • Online Alcoholics-Anonymous Meetings can be found here. 
  • Legal Services of the Hudson Valley can help navigate housing/landlord issues: 877-574-8529. 
  • Orange County Department of Health: 845-291-2332
  • Rockland County Department of Health: 845-364-2512
  • Ulster County Department of Health: 845-340–3150

Important FAQ’s:

What are the symptoms?

Current symptoms include mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.

How is the virus spread?

This virus most commonly spreads from an infected person to others through:

  • Coughing and sneezing

  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands

How do I protect myself?

While there is currently no vaccine to prevent this virus, these simple steps can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses:

  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

My office remains operational if we can be of any assistance: skoufis@nysenate.gov / 845-567-1270.

I will continue to provide you with the most up to date information. Be safe, take care, and know that I’m working overtime to provide our communities with support and financial relief during this time. 


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Important Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update From Senator James Skoufis - Posted 3/15/20

Dear Friends:

My team and I are working each day on Coronavirus-related issues as well as doing our best to communicate timely updates to you all and our Senate District. Since we last emailed, a number of measures that I’ve called for have been implemented, namely:

1) The 180-day instructional mandate in our schools has been waived; our local schools will not be penalized if they drop below that number. 

2) Visitation has been temporarily halted at our state correctional facilities. This ought to be extended to the Office of Mental Health facilities. 

Additionally:

  • All schools in Orange and Ulster counties are due to close for two weeks. Rockland County government will be making an announcement on this issue tomorrow.

  • Petitioning for this November’s elections has been cut off two weeks short in order to limit the door-to-door signature gathering that traditionally takes place. 

  • Drive-through testing sites are being set up around the state. The first one opened a couple of days ago in New Rochelle.

  • Effective tomorrow, there will be a one-week moratorium on evictions. 

  • Only medically-necessary visits to nursing homes are permitted. 

  • Utilities are prohibited from shutting off services to customers that are affected by Coronavirus. 

  • West Point is no longer allowing non-essential visitors. 

  • Half capacity regulations have been implemented. This means that only 50% of the legal occupancy of a facility is now permitted. 

  • The state is working on maximizing existing hospitals and building more hospital bed capacity in anticipation for the coming weeks.

  • Over 5,000 people have been tested, including over 400 tests performed since last night. Much more is needed, but New York State has the most robust testing regiment in the country.

  • DMVs are directed to move to appointment-only so as to avoid crowds. 

Many of our local businesses are struggling during this time. I encourage you to order take-out or buy gift cards from your favorite restaurants and shops to help support them through this challenging period. 

Most schools are closed in our Senate District starting this upcoming week,but importantly: if your child relies on free or reduced meals at school, please make sure to check with your district for meal pickup times.

 


What are the numbers? 

As of today, there are 729 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in NYS with 6 cases in Orange County, 14 in Rockland County and 5 in Ulster County. These numbers are expected to rapidly change. 

 


Important Resources: 

If you know or suspect someone despicably price gouging, please report it by calling 1-800-697-1220 or Local Consumer Affairs at 845-360-6700

The New York State Department of Health has set up a 24-Hour Hotline Number: 1-888-364-3065 and informational website. 

The Center for Disease Control’s Recommendations for vulnerable populations can be found here.

 


Important FAQ’s:

Who do I contact if I have symptoms?

Please contact the Orange County Department of Health at 845-291-2330 BEFORE going to a medical facility. If you feel you are experiencing symptoms, it’s essential to also call your medical provider prior to going to a facility. 

What are the symptoms?

Current symptoms include mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.

How is the virus spread?

This virus most commonly spreads from an infected person to others through:

  • Coughing and sneezing

  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands

How do I protect myself?

While there is currently no vaccine to prevent this virus, these simple steps can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses:

  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

My office remains open if we can be of any assistance: skoufis@nysenate.gov / 845-567-1270.

I will continue to provide you with the most up to date information. Be safe, take care, and know that I’m working around the clock on this issue.

 

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