Dear Lakeland Families,
I hope everyone is having a great week. Please see below for some important updates as they relate to health and safety and transportation.
COVID-19 Testing Program Begins Next Week
All voluntary students who have provided a consent form will receive their testing kit next week. As a reminder, saliva-based testing will be executed for free through our partnership with the Westchester County Department of Health. Moving forward, only 20% of students who have opted in will be tested weekly. All unvaccinated staff will be tested weekly.
Testing Kit Distribution: Your child will receive their testing kit from the nurse’s office on Wednesday 9/29. Tests should be completed at home. Please use the links below to access test instructions:
- Saliva Self-Collection Instructions - English (PDF)
- Saliva Self-Collection Instructions - Spanish (PDF)
Testing Kit Collection: A collection box will be set up at the entrance of every school to allow students to drop off completed tests on Thursday morning, 9/30.
Daily Screeners Discontinued
As of today, daily screeners for staff and students are discontinued. For the health and safety of our community, please be vigilant and keep children home when they are not feeling well.
Positive Cases this Week
As Mr. Spatola reported at the Board of Education meeting last evening, we have 20 students and 8 staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19 since the first day of school. About half of exposures resulting in quarantine occurred outside of school. I will continue to report positive cases on a bi-weekly basis until the NYSDOH COVID Report Card is publicly available. Once it is available, please utilize this resource to view the number of positive cases per school.
Due to a large number of new student registrations at the beginning of the school year, our bus routes needed to be adjusted to accommodate the additional students. Please check with your child’s bus driver to confirm updated pick-up and drop-off times. Additionally, the construction on Croton Avenue, Route 202, and Route 6 continues to cause unpredictable delays, resulting in some students getting home later than their scheduled times.
Thank you all for your patience and understanding. Enjoy the weekend!
Brendan Lyons, Ed. D.
At Friday night’s homecoming game, Lakeland High School welcomed back three distinguished athletes, honoring them as 2021Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees. During halftime, honorees and their families joined administrators at the 50-yard line and were presented with a plaque by Dr. Lyons. It was a wonderful evening for our community to come together and celebrate the talents and traditions of Lakeland.
Athletic Hall of Fame 2021 Inductees:
Jonathan de Marte, Class of 2011, Varsity Baseball
Alethea Bailey Lynch, Class of 1992, Varsity Field Hockey Varsity Girls Lacrosse, Winter Track
Andrew Mackiewicz, Class of 2003, Varsity Boys Soccer, Varsity Boys Lacrosse, Varsity Boys Basketball