A message from the Superintendent

Superintendent’s Update #35

March 1, 2022

Dear Chappaqua Central School District Families and Staff,

This evening, the NYSDOH released new guidelines for public school districts to follow throughout the state, related to masking. You may access this guidance here, along with an FAQ for schools here. While we are receiving this rather late in the day, I would like to share with you that tomorrow (Wednesday, 3/2), we are moving forward with our mask optional procedures and have made an adjustment to our notification process for individuals who may have been exposed to a COVID positive person while infectious in our schools based on this new guidance.

Masks Are Optional for CCSD Students, Staff & Guests
Indoors and on School District Transportation
Effective 3/2/22

The decision of an individual to wear a mask (or not) while inside our buildings, will be respected by all students, staff, and guests.

In our classrooms, seating arrangements, partnerships and groupings will not be adjusted based on an individual’s mask choice.

Class assignments and bus routes for students will not be adjusted based on the staff member’s mask choice.

Individuals recovering from COVID on days 6-10 are required to wear a mask inside and while riding District transportation. This is the only scenario inside our buildings and on District transportation where our staff will monitor masking.

NYSDOH Recommends Students and Staff Wear Masks Under the Following Conditions:

  • They feel more comfortable wearing a mask for personal reasons.
  • They were in the same room within the school as someone diagnosed with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or longer and were thus exposed or potentially exposed, when group contact tracing is used.
  • They are known to have been exposed to COVID-19 in any setting within the previous 10 days.
  • They are moderately-to-severely immunocompromised and have discussed the need to mask with their healthcare provider(s).

for Lab Confirmed COVID Positive Individuals
Effective 3/2/22

District Transportation:  Families on a given bus route will be notified by email if an individual was on District transportation while infectious. To reduce potential exposure, siblings will still be required to sit together on District transportation, and assigned seats will remain in place for students in grades K-8.

Modified/JV/Varsity CCSD Athletics:  Families will be notified by email if their child may have been exposed to an infectious individual while participating in athletics.

Horace Greeley High School Lunch:  Families will be notified by email if their child may have been exposed to an infectious individual while eating lunch.

Individual Classroom Exposure:  Families will be notified by email if their child may have been exposed to an infectious individual while in class (added 3/1/22 as a result of new NYSDOH guidance).

Please be advised that email notifications will be sent to families during regular business hours and issued if the District is notified within five days of the exposure. The District will not send out exposure notifications for home tests. We will continue to send out our aggregate representation of positive cases throughout our school community on Friday afternoons.

Our principals addressed all students and staff this week regarding this shift in our mask practices. We do not anticipate any issues as we move forward, but please reach out to your child’s school if you have any concerns.

I would also like to share that, over the next few days, we will review our lunch procedures and classroom protocols based on this new guidance. I will present any potential adjustments to our Continuity of Learning Plan, which outlines our COVID procedures, at the Board of Education meeting on March 15, 2022.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.


Christine Ackerman, PhD
Superintendent of Schools