Over the course of the summer, we have been monitoring the COVID-19 infection rate for Dutchess County and its surrounding areas. In the past month, Dutchess County has seen a drastic surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. This number is predicted to climb as we approach the fall. We patiently awaited guidance from New York State and the Archdiocese of New York regarding their recommendation for our students. Once we received their counsel, we carefully analyzed the information and designed a plan for the 2021/2022 school year that we feel best serves our school community.
Please know that as an administration we have researched and discussed various documents related to the details for opening New York State schools safely. We know you agree that our students’ health is of the utmost priority. We feel that if we are not unified in taking these directives seriously, it could potentially lead to a series of disruptions in academic instruction, pauses in athletic practices and games, and cancellations of important social events.
We hope that you understand that this plan is the best opportunity that we have to safely provide full in-person instruction to all of our students five days a week. The layers of precaution outlined in our plan will assist us in ensuring that all members of the OLL community are provided with the best academic, social, and spiritual experience for the 2021/2022 school year.