Isolation and Quarantine Update

Isolation and Quarantine Update

Dear Syracuse Academy staff, parents, and guardians,

The Onondaga County Department of Health has revised its guidance regarding quarantine and isolation of teachers, staff, and students as of Jan 11, 2022. Please see full guidance here under Special Populations/ K-12 Schools: http://www.ongov.net/health/documents/IsolationQuarantineGuidance.pdf

The new guidance allows fully vaccinated students, teachers, and staff who have been in close contact with an individual with COVID-19 to continue to attend work at school regardless of booster status. Fully vaccinated K-12 students, teachers, and staff who are eligible for but have not yet received a booster may attend school and ride the bus (no extracurricular or after-school activities) and remain in quarantine outside of school. 

Therefore, teachers and staff that were asked to get their booster shot by February 1st, 2022 will not need to fulfill this request. However, it is highly encouraged by the CDC and the NYSDOH to do so. It has been found that fully vaccinated and boosted (if eligible) people suffer far less serious disease and symptoms than those that are not fully vaccinated. 

Please know that we thank you for all of your continued patience and support as we work through the ever-changing guidelines and various challenges associated with COVID-19. 

Sincerely,
The Syracuse Academy Administration

Updated COVID-19 Guidance for Isolation and Quarantine

Dear Syracuse Academy of Science Families and Staff,

Yesterday, January 6, 2022, The Onondaga County Health Department along with the New York State Department of Health, updated their COVID-19 guidance for isolation and quarantine. As a result of these changes, the Syracuse Academy of Science will now be adhering to the new guidelines set forth. Effective immediately those persons that need to be in isolation or quarantine will only need to do so for five days if they exhibit no symptoms or their symptoms are resolving. This includes no fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and no lingering cough. Please note that loss of taste and or smell can last weeks and does not need to be resolved before returning. 

Updated guidance: http://www.ongov.net/health/documents/IsolationQuarantineGuidance.pdf

The five-day period for isolation and quarantine begins the day you first began to have symptoms. If you exhibit no symptoms at all, it begins the day you took your test. Keep in mind that if you still have symptoms after day five it is recommended that you continue to isolate until your symptoms have resolved. 

  • Students and staff that are NOT vaccinated must quarantine for five full days when they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. A NEGATIVE TEST (RAPID OR PCR) DURING THEIR QUARANTINE DOES NOT GET THEM OUT OF THEIR QUARANTINE.
  • Students and staff who are fully vaccinated and are eligible for their booster shot (5 months after second Pfizer vaccine or 6 months after second Moderna vaccine, or 2 months after Johnson and Johnson vaccine) AND HAVE RECEIVED THEIR BOOSTER, do not need to be quarantined. If they develop symptoms after exposure, they will need a negative test to return.
  • Students and staff who are fully vaccinated and not yet eligible for their booster shot (see eligibility in the above paragraph), will also not need to quarantine

If a person is in isolation or quarantine, please fill out the legal self-attestation forms for Onondaga County for self-release. Fill out the form and turn it in to the school when your child is ready to return. The forms can be found here: https://covid19.ongov.net/isolation-quarantine/

When a person returns to school after isolation and quarantine, please make sure they are wearing a well-fitted surgical face mask that fits closely to their face. 

We also want to remind parents to keep their children home if they exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19 (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html). The Onondaga County Department of Health says that If your child is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 they will need to be tested for covid-19 or receive an alternate diagnosis from their doctor before returning to school. Symptoms of COVID-19, the common cold, the flu, and many other viruses look the same, therefore almost impossible to tell apart without testing. Onondaga County has set up a testing site just for students and school employees. Here you can get a PCR test and have results usually within 24 hours. Information on this testing site can be found here: https://covid19.ongov.net/appointments/ 

Your support and patience during these confusing times are always greatly appreciated. Our student's health and safety are of utmost importance to us. Please reach out to your student school for any concerns or questions you may have. 

Sincerely, 
Syracuse Academy of Science Administration

At-home COVID-19 Test Kits will be distributed on January 5, 2022

At-home COVID-19 Test Kits will be distributed on January 5, 2022

Dear parents and guardians,

Last week Governor Kathy Hochul announced a statewide goal of providing students the opportunity to be tested for COVID as school resumes after the Holiday break. There is no requirement that families test their children, but New York State is encouraging testing of students in order to keep students and school communities as safe as possible. 

At this time the Syracuse Academy of Science has received a shipment of these test kits. The state has provided us with one kit per student. Each kit contains two rapid tests with instructions on how to administer the test. 

It is important to know that rapid tests are very accurate when used on a person that is showing symptoms of COVID-19, but unfortunately, they are not as accurate on someone showing no COVID-19 symptoms. Given this fact, we recommend that you save these rapid tests for when your child actually exhibits COVID-19 symptoms. However, it is entirely up to you when you use them.

Please note that the school district is simply a conduit for distribution. We will not be tracking or reporting test results for any reason. We ask that if you use the test kit on your child and they receive a positive test result that you report to the Onondaga County Health department using this link: https://covid19.ongov.net/at-home-covid-test-results-screen/

Test kits will be distributed on Wednesday, January 5th, 2022. They will be sent home with each student at the end of the day. Parents are welcome to pick up a test kit for their child if he or she is absent. 

Please feel free to contact your child’s school with any questions or concerns. As always, thank you for your continued support during these difficult and complicated times. 

Syracuse Academy Administration and Health Services

Important Announcement

Dear Parents and or Guardians,
 
We hope you had a wonderful Winter Recess! As you may have noticed, today, Monday, January 3, 2022, there was confusion surrounding the COVID-19 protocols, in-home test kit information, and school closures we have in place for Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School. We would like to acknowledge your concerns and address them at this time. We also appreciate your patience, understanding, and continued support and for doing your part to keep our schools a safe place to learn and work.
 
FAQ’s
 
❓ Question: Why was the Syracuse City Public School District closed today and Syracuse Academy of Science not closed?
▶ Answer: The SCSD was closed due to staffing shortages. Syracuse Academy of Science was not experiencing this issue and was properly staffed to welcome back students after the holiday break. At this time we plan to continue serving our children in our safe conducive learning environment by following our established safety protocols.
 
❓ Question: What should I do if my children were exposed to a positive person at a holiday party or just visiting relatives and friends but we were never contacted by the Health Department?
▶ Answer: The Health Department is asking that anyone that was exposed to a positive person self-report that they were within 6 feet of a positive person without their mask on for a total of 15 minutes or more in 24 hours or within 3 feet of a positive person with their mask on for a total of 15 minutes or more in 24 hours. If you and/or your children are fully vaccinated AND are experiencing NO COVID-19 symptoms, then you do not need to report that to anyone, but the NYSDOH wants you to monitor your health and the health of your children, and recommend you take a COVID-19 test 3-5 days after the exposure to the positive person. https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/quarantines-contacts
 
❓ Question: Can a person that has been deemed a close contact to someone who tested positive for the COVID-19 test out of their mandatory quarantine with a negative PCR test?
▶ Answer: No. A person that is deemed close contact cannot test out of their mandatory quarantine requirement.
 
❓ Question: Where and when can I pick up my “at-home rapid test kit(s)?”
▶ Answer: The New York State Department of Health is supplying all city Charter and Private Schools with these kits. As of today, we have not received this shipment from New York State. As soon as they arrive, we will be dispersing them as soon as possible to our parents. Please keep a lookout for information this week on this topic.
 
Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s school with any questions or concerns. These are very confusing and stressful times. We are here to help or assist in any way we can.
 
IMPORTANT REMINDER
 
Please keep students that are experiencing and symptoms of COVID-19 home. This is the first line of defense against fighting this virus. Symptoms include; fever, cough, nasal congestion/ runny nose, fatigue, trouble breathing, chest pain, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and new loss of taste or smell. Please follow this flow chart created by the state whenever you are unsure about when to send your student to school: http://www.ongov.net/health/documents/ExposureVaxUnvax.pdf
 
Students exhibiting any of these symptoms during school will be excluded and require a negative COVID-19 test in order to return.
 
Syracuse Academy Administration and Health Services

Reopening Plan for 2021-22 School Year

Dear Science Academies of New York Community:

We are excited to share with you our reopening plan for the 2021-2022 school year. All of our schools will welcome the return of students for five days a week of in person instruction. 

Throughout the pandemic Science Academies of New York (SANY) has pulled together to meet the needs of our students and school community. When schools were closed by state officials in March 2020, SANY quickly shifted gears to remote learning. Our teachers, teaching assistants, school counselors, psychologists, administrators, supervisors, and clerical staff worked tirelessly to meet the learning needs of our students. 

We appreciate the support, trust, and cooperation of our students and families to operate schools safely during the pandemic. I certainly recognize that we have all given up a lot this past year, but as you read this reopening plan hopefully you will see that school activities are looking something closer to normal. 

There are a few important safety precautions that we will need to take such as wearing a mask when inside the school building, washing our hands, practicing respiratory etiquette, and staying home when you are sick or have symptoms. The safety precautions outlined in this reopening plan were created by reviewing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, American Academy of Pediatrics, guidance from the New York State Education Department , guidance from Onondaga County, along with guidance from state and local health officials. 

We are grateful for the support of our community leaders, board of education, administrators and supervisors, school staff, public health officials, and school community during this challenging time.

We are hopeful that as conditions improve locally we will be able to revisit some of these safety precautions. We appreciate all that our students, families, and staff members have done and will continue to do to keep everyone safe as we move into the new school year.

Please be sure to review this updated Reopening Plan and contact your building dean with any specific questions or concerns regarding your child and the start of the school year.

Thank you again for your continued support of our students and staff.

Click here to read the Reopening Plan for 2021-22 school year.

Sincerely,
Dr. Tolga Hayali

Remote Learning on Monday, April 5th, 2021

Dear parent/guardian,

Please be advised that Monday, April 5th, 2021 is a remote learning day for all students. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to your child's school.

Syracuse Academy Administration

Meal Pickup Prior to Mid-Winter Recess

SANY in collaboration with Chartwells has developed a [contactless drive through] meal service that will allow students greater access to food while at home.

Please see below for pickup times and locations prior to Mid-Winter Recess.

Any questions about pick ups, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Who Qualifies

  • All children 18 or younger are eligible to participate.
  • Children do not need to be enrolled in SANY Schools to participate.

Pick-up Locations and times:

There will be no meal pick up during mid-winter recess!

On 2/9 meal pickup will be available at all schools and participants will receive three days worth of meals.
On 2/11 meal pickup will ONLY be available at SAS High School. Participants will receive SEVEN days of meals to cover the entire winter recess.

Please sign up in advance by emailing your school pick up location and number of children you are picking up meals for to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • SAS Elementary: 2/9/2021 9am-11am
  • SAS Middle: 2/9/2021 10am-12pm
  • SAS High: 2/9/2021 and 2/11/2021 10am-12 pm
  • SAS Citizenship: 2/9/2021 10am-12pm

Cost
Meals are free for all children up to 18 years old.

➡ Hybrid Learning will resume on Monday, January 25th, 2021

Dear Syracuse Academy of Science parents and guardians,

We are writing to share an important announcement, our school will resume hybrid learning on Monday, January 25th, 2021.

We respect every family’s individual concerns and preferences. If you choose not to send your child to school on their designated hybrid days, and continue to do remote school work your child will not be counted as absent.

In an effort to effectively plan and collaborate fully with the Onondaga County Health Department, testing will be conducted on Monday, January 25th, 2021 at SAS Elementary School at 11:30am. Parents are more than welcome to accompany their children if they wish.

We ask that all families who choose to send their student(s) complete the health screening survey at https://www.sascs.org/healthscreening prior to sending the student(s) to schools. In addition, we ask that everyone follow safety guidelines to ensure our staff, students, and families well being.

Sincerely,
Syracuse Academy of Science Administration

Remote Learning until January 22nd, 2021

Dear Syracuse Academy of Science parents and guardians,

As a district, we have closely monitored the percentage of COVID-19 cases in our geographic area. It is clear that the number of COVID-19 cases are still on the rise.

Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in our area, we will temporarily suspend in-person instruction and continue to hold remote learning. At this time, we will continue teaching all students remotely through Friday, January 22nd, 2021.

This decision was made as a safety precaution and is to ensure the wellbeing of our students and families during this difficult time. We are planning to resume in-person instruction on Monday, January 25th, 2021 as we continue to monitor the progression, and number of COVID-19 cases in our area.

Meal pickup this week will only be on Tuesday, January 19th at the Syracuse Academy of Science high school from 10AM-12PM. Meals will be provided for 5 days.

Please take this notice and our actions as a representation that we prioritize the health and safety of students, staff, and all members of our community to the fullest extent.

Sincerely,
Syracuse Academy of Science Administration

Remote Learning until January 15th, 2021

Dear Syracuse Academy of Science parents and guardians,

As a district, we have closely monitored the percentage of COVID-19 cases in our geographic area. It is clear that the number of COVID-19 cases are still on the rise.

With the holiday season ending and due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in our area, we will temporarily suspend in-person instruction and continue to hold remote learning. At this time, we will continue teaching all students remotely through Friday, January 15, 2021.

This decision was made as a safety precaution and is to ensure the wellbeing of our students and families during this difficult time. We are planning to resume in-person instruction on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 as we continue to monitor the progression, and number of COVID-19 cases in our area.

Meal pickup this week will only be on Tuesday, January 12th at the Syracuse Academy of Science high school from 10AM-12PM. Meals will be provided for 5 days.

Please take this notice and our actions as a representation that we prioritize the health and safety of students, staff, and all members of our community to the fullest extent.

Sincerely,
Syracuse Academy of Science Administration

Remote Learning during the week of January 4th

Dear Syracuse Academy of Science parents and guardians,

As a district, we have closely monitored the percentage of COVID-19 cases in our geographic area. It is clear that the number of COVID-19 cases are still on the rise.

With the holiday season ending and due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in our area, we will temporarily suspend in-person instruction and continue to hold remote learning. At this time, we will continue teaching all students remotely through Friday, January 8, 2021.

This decision was made as a safety precaution and is to ensure the wellbeing of our students and families during this difficult time. We are planning to resume in-person instruction on Monday, January 11, 2021 as we continue to monitor the progression, and number of COVID-19 cases in our area.

Meal pickup this week will only be on Tuesday, January 5th at the SAS high school from 10AM-12PM. Meals will be provided for 5 days.

Please take this notice and our actions as a representation that we prioritize the health and safety of students, staff, and all members of our community to the fullest extent.

Sincerely,
Syracuse Academy of Science Administration

Remote Learning during the week of December 21st

Dear Syracuse Academy of Science parents and guardians,

As a district, we have closely monitored the percentage of COVID-19 cases in our geographic area. It is clear that the number of COVID-19 cases are on the rise.

With the holiday season approaching and due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in our area, we will temporarily suspend in-person instruction and hold remote learning. At this time, hybrid instruction will continue through Friday, December 18, 2020. We will begin teaching all students remotely Monday, December 21, 2020 through Wednesday, December 23, 2020 before Winter break.

This decision was made as a safety precaution and is to ensure the wellbeing of our students and families during this difficult time. We are planning to resume in-person instruction on Monday, January 4, 2020 as we continue to monitor the progression, and number of COVID-19 cases in our area.

Please take this notice and our actions as a representation that we prioritize the health and safety of students, staff, and all members of our community to the fullest extent.

Sincerely,
Syracuse Academy of Science Administration

Important Survey Regarding COVID Testing for Students and Staff

Dear Syracuse Academy of Science Elementary Families and Staff,

As you know, Syracuse Academy of Science Elementary School has been placed within the “orange zone” in Onondaga County. Those students that attend schools in an orange zone must begin testing for COVID-19. This means that 20% of their in-person staff and students must be tested each month (10% bi-weekly). In order for your child to attend in person learning on Monday, December 14th. please complete the school survey by clicking on the link below:

https://www.sascs.org/covidtesting

In order for students to remain "in-person" at any school in an orange zone in NYS, all parents will need to give permission for testing by filling out the survey which can be found at the link above. Any student that does not have a completed survey by the end of Sunday, December 13th 2020, must continue attending classes remotely.

Remote students will not be tested as the zone designation requires only those students and staff members attending school in-person must be tested.

If at any time a parent or guardian wishes to rescind their consent, they may do so by contacting their child’s school building before the time of the scheduled test. Again please be advised this will mean your child will no longer be able to attend in-person and must remain online only.

The tests are shallow nasal swabs, and they will be administered at no cost as the county has supplied each school. Results are known within 15-20 minutes. Anyone with a positive result will be sent home.

We will continue to provide updates via our school’s messenger system and on our school websites. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me using the “How may we help you?” form.

Sincerely,

Dr. Tolga Hayali
Superintendent of Schools

Remote Meals Pick Up Announcement

SANY in collaboration with Chartwells has developed a [contactless drive through] meal service that will allow students greater access to food while at home.

Please see below for pickup times and locations for 12/14/2020-1/7/2021.

Any questions about pick ups, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Who Qualifies

  • All children 18 or younger are eligible to participate.
  • Children do not need to be enrolled in SANY Schools to participate.

Registration and Pickup
Pre-ordering is not necessary but is helpful to ensure enough meals are ready! If the hours listed are not convenient for you, please call the school’s main office to arrange alternate pickup times between 8am-4pm. 

PICK-UP Locations and times:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • 10am - 12pm
  • SAS High – 12/15, 12/17, 12/22, 12/29, 1/5, 1/7 10 am - 12 pm
  • Meal pickups on 12/22 and 12/29 will be a box of food with 5 days worth of food.

Cost
Meals are free for all children up to 18 years old.

Hybrid Learning will resume on December 14th

Dear Syracuse Academy of Science parents and guardians,

We are writing to share an important announcement, our school will resume hybrid learning, December 14, 2020.

We respect every family’s individual concerns and preferences. If you choose not to send your child to school on their designated hybrid days, and continue to do remote school work your child will not be counted as absent.

In an effort to effectively plan and collaborate fully with the Onondaga County Health Department, testing will be conducted next week. Information regarding dates, times and location will be sent later in the week.

We ask that all families who choose to send their student(s) complete the health screening survey prior to sending the student(s) to schools. In addition, we ask that everyone follow safety guidelines to ensure our staff, students, and families well being.

Sincerely,
Syracuse Academy of Science Administration

Remote Learning will continue until December 11th, 2020

Dear SANY parent(s) and guardian(s),

As a district, we have closely monitored the percentage of COVID-19 cases in our geographic area. It is clear that the number of COVID-19 cases are continuing to be on the rise. 

Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in our area, we will continue to temporarily suspend in-person instruction. At this time, the week of December 7, 2020 through December 11, 2020 will be remote learning for all students. We will monitor the data, and will make a decision next Wednesday or Thursday regarding the weeks ahead. 

This decision was made as a safety precaution and is to ensure the wellbeing of our students and families during this difficult time. We are planning to resume in-person instruction on Monday, December 14th, 2020 as we continue to monitor the number of COVID-19 cases in our area. 

Please take this notice and our actions as a representation that we prioritize the health and safety of students, staff, and all members of our community to the fullest extent. 

Sincerely, 
Science Academies of New York Administration

Remote Learning before and after Thanksgiving Break

Dear SANY parent(s) and guardian(s),

As a district, we have closely monitored the percentage of COVID-19 cases in our geographic area. It is clear that the number of COVID-19 cases are on the rise. 

Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in our area, we will temporarily suspend in-person instruction and hold remote learning. At this time, hybrid instruction will continue through Friday, November 20th, 2020. We will begin teaching all students remotely Monday, November 23rd, 2020 and Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 before Thanksgiving break. We will continue to teach remotely the week after Thanksgiving Recess, starting from Monday, November 30th, 2020 through Friday, December 4th, 2020. 

This decision was made as a safety precaution and is to ensure the wellbeing of our students and families during this difficult time. We are planning to resume in-person instruction on Monday, December 7th, 2020 as we continue to monitor the number of COVID-19 cases in our area. 

Please take this notice and our actions as a representation that we prioritize the health and safety of students, staff, and all members of our community to the fullest extent. 

Updated Calendar:

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

11/23

Remote Learning

11/24

Remote Learning

11/25

Thanksgiving Recess (No School)

11/26

Thanksgiving Recess (No School)

11/27

Thanksgiving Recess (No School)

11/30

Remote Learning

12/1

Remote Learning

12/2

Remote Learning

12/3

Remote Learning

12/4

Remote Learning

Sincerely, 
Science Academies of New York Administration

Important Survey Regarding COVID Testing for Students and Staff

As of November 9, 2020, the Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School is part of a COVID -19 "Yellow Zone," as identified by Governor Cuomo.

We are now required to have 20% of our students and staff tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis in order to keep schools open for in-person learning. The test is called BinaxNOW, and is a nasal swab that produces results in approximately 15 minutes.

All parents/guardians of hybrid students are asked to complete this survey, indicating whether or not you consent for your child to be tested. Testing would be free and would occur approximately once a month if you were to consent. If your child is currently learning remotely, you do not need to complete the survey.

Survey is at https://www.sascs.org/covidtesting

Surveys must be completed by the end of the day Friday, November 13, 2020.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this important survey.

Administration
Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School

Flu cases are being diagnosed across NY

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Influenza, or flu, cases are being diagnosed across New York state as flu season has officially started.

Flu spreads easily and can make people very sick, especially children. Flu symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Body aches
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Fatigue

Some people, especially children, may have stomach problems and diarrhea. Unlike a cold, the flu comes on very suddenly.

Flu symptoms are very similar to COVID-19 symptoms. It’s important for families to know that the Science Academies of New York (SANY) is required to follow the guidance in the New York State Department of Health Pre-K to Grade 12 COVID-19 Toolkit when determining if a student can attend school and when staff can go to work.

Please refer to the toolkit for help in determining if your child can attend school, return to school after an illness and whether your child needs a COVID-19 test to return to school.

“There is a large overlap between flu and COVID-19 symptoms,” said Diane Montgomery, a local physician who is supporting the district as its COVID-19 Medical Supervisor. “Our school nurses are required to follow the state Department of Health protocols, and families should know that a COVID-19 test may be required for their children to return to school after an illness or symptoms of an illness.”

If your child does need a COVID-19 test, please check the Onondaga County COVID-19 Testing website for testing information.

More information

First Day of School Announcement

Monday, August 17, 2020—The opening day of school for students for the 2020-2021 school year will still be Tuesday, September 8th. All students, K-12, will begin on September 8th with remote learning.

Hybrid learning will start on Monday, September 14th for SAS Elementary and Middle school, and the Citizenship Elementary School. The SAS High School will remain remote. ENL and SPED students will be offered to come in to the school for four days of instruction with the hybrid model.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate these unique circumstances. For more information on the Full-Time Online or Hybrid school models click here.

SASCS

Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School is part of Science Academies of New York.

SAS Elementary School

4837 S. Salina St. Syracuse, NY 13205
Phone: 315-469-9404
Fax: 315-469-9408
sasesmainoffice@sany.org

SAS Middle School

200 West High Ter. Syracuse, NY 13219
Phone: 315-487-5986
Fax: 315-487-5824
sasmsmainoffice@sany.org

SAS High School

1001 Park Ave. Syracuse, NY 13204
Phone: 315-428-8997
Fax: 315-428-9109
sashsmainoffice@sany.org

SANY

1409 W Genesee St. Syracuse, NY 13204
Phone: 315-671-5470
Fax: 315-671-5475
info@sany.org

Transportation

For transportation related questions, please call transportation department in the district you live.
SCSD Transportation: 315-435-4260