Healthy & Safety: COVID-19

Massena PAL is committed to protecting the safety and well-being of our Staff, Youth Members and Community.

Here’s how we are keeping the people we care about safe:

Massena PAL mirrors the safety measures in place at Massena Central School District. Based on the most recent Center for Disease Control (CDC), New York State Education Department (NYSED), and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines, all students and staff will need to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status, and social distancing of 3-feet will also need to be maintained where practical in order to resume normal activities.

Additional strategies to curb the spread will also be in place, such as hand washing, disinfecting and cleaning, and health screenings.

Area school districts and Massena PAL will continue our collaboration with the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department to conduct contact tracing in instances of potential contact with a positive COVID person.

Massena PAL will continue to monitor and revise this policy as local COVID conditions allow. Thank you for your patience and your willingness to work together as we navigate these challenging times to keep our community’s kids and staff who serve them safe.

Key Takeaways from the CDC: August 2021

  • Vaccination is the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Due to the circulating and highly contagious Delta variant, CDC recommends universal indoor masking by children age 2 and older, staff, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status.
  • In addition to universal indoor masking, CDC recommends maintaining at least 3 feet of physical distance between students in classrooms to reduce transmission risk.
  • Screening testing, ventilation, handwashing and respiratory etiquette, staying home when sick and getting tested, contact tracing in combination with quarantine and isolation, and cleaning and disinfection are also important layers of prevention to keep schools safe.
  • Students, teachers, and staff should stay home when they have signs of any infectious illness and be referred to their healthcare provider for testing and care.
  • Many schools serve children under the age of 12 who are not eligible for vaccination at this time. Therefore, this guidance emphasizes implementing layered prevention strategies (e.g., using multiple prevention strategies together consistently) to protect students, teachers, staff, visitors, and other members of their households and support in-person learning.
  • Localities should monitor community transmission, vaccination coverage, screening testing, and occurrence of outbreaks to guide decisions on the level of layered prevention strategies (e.g., physical distancing, screening testing).