Superintenden’t Letter: Today’s COVID News From Amity High School

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Oct 152020

Corona Virus from CDC.gov

October 15, 2020
Dear Amity Community Members:

On Wednesday, October 14, 2020, Amity Regional School District No. 5 was notified that a member of our school community has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

The affected person has been instructed to remain home in self-isolation for 10 days and has been provided with additional instructions to follow prior to returning to school. Family members have also been instructed to self-quarantine and get tested.

The last day this person was in Amity Regional High School was Thursday, October 8, 2020.

Anyone who is considered a “close contact” with this person has been contacted or will be contacted by local health officials and provided with instructions on the appropriate steps to take.

On behalf of the Orange Health Department and Quinnipiack Valley Health District, I have been asked to remind our entire Amity community about the necessity to act in a responsible and safe manner. This is not limited to our time in school, but also our time outside of school. In social gatherings, the need to practice health safety – including use of face coverings, physical distancing, and hand hygiene, continue to be paramount.

COVID-19 is spread mainly via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person. As with controlling the spread of other viruses, we urge everyone to discuss the following preventive measures with your children and family members:

  •   Wash your hands frequently, but especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips. When soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.
  •   Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze inside the elbow of your arm.
  •   As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
  •   Wear a face covering (mask) whenever there is a likelihood that you or your family members will be in the presence of others.
  •   Maintain social distancing (at least 6 feet) between yourself and others when outside of your home.Below is the list of COVID-19 symptoms for which everyone should monitor in their family members:
    • ❑  Fever (100.4° Fahrenheit or higher)
    • ❑  Chills or shaking chills
  • ❑  Uncontrolled new cough (not due to other known cause, such as a chronic cough)
  • ❑  Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • ❑  New loss of taste or smellFor additional information on COVID-19 symptoms, please see:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

    Everyone is reminded that staff and students exhibiting any of the above symptoms, or feeling ill, should remain home and call their medical provider to report their symptoms and ask about testing prior to seeking in-person care at a clinic, physician’s office, or hospital.

    For more information on what to do if you or a family member has possible symptoms, a diagnosis, or exposure to COVID-19, please see Addendum 5: Interim Guidance for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios in Connecticut School Districts, available here:

    https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/COVID19/COVID-19-Resources-for-Families-and- Educators/Addendums-and-FAQs

    We are monitoring this situation and working with the Orange Health Department and Quinnipiack Valley Health District. At this time, health officials are not recommending the closure of the school. We will provide you with updates if the situation changes.


    Jenn Byars

Orange Democrats Annual Meet The Candidates Picnic Is On

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Jul 272020

A message from the Orange Democratic Town Committee:

We have been working diligently to be sure we can have our picnic and social distancing to keep everyone safe at the High Plains Pavilion on Friday, August 28, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

We know it is important for you to meet the candidates: Mary Welander for the 114th, Bryan Anderson for the 119th, Tony Sutton for the 117th, and State Senator James Maroney up for re-election.

We feel it is so important, so we want to be sure to give you that opportunity. We bought a new sound system to be sure you can hear them while socially distanced!

Tickets are $25 per person and are available from any ODTC member or by calling Polly Demirjian, 203-494-5976, or Jody at 203-314-9975.

Lasse’s is once again catering and will be pre-packaging the condiments and sides. Your ticket includes your dinner as well as beverages and dessert.  Beer and wine are also included.

Don’t forget our great raffle, too!  We are already collecting some great items!

Visit our Facebook Page

Visit our website at www.orangectdems.org

Shop Rite Takes Coronavirus Pandemic Seriously

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Jul 062020

To our valued customers:

The COVID-19 pandemic is still with us and as circumstances evolve we continue to adapt and respond to the needs of our associates, our customers, and the communities we serve. State governments have eased some restrictions for the public and local businesses but we want to assure you that we remain focused on the rigorous cleaning and safety protocols that keep our stores a safe place to work and shop. Please continue to wear a face-covering when you shop and follow the social distancing guidelines posted in stores.

We hope you’ve noticed that our in-stock conditions continue to steadily improve. Although some product categories remain limited, we are working hard to keep our shelves stocked with the products you need.

Our Customer Contact Center is also working to get to your calls as quickly as possible. Our team is available by phone at 1-800-746-7748, Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  Call volumes are high and hold times may be longer than usual. For less urgent matters, please submit an email through the “contact us” page. We greatly appreciate your patience.

To assist you further, we’ve gathered some key information to help address some of your top concerns and inquiries right now.  Please choose from the list of subjects below.

If you need to submit an email, please be sure to include all of your contact information, including email address and daytime phone number, as well as your Price Plus club card number.

Our goal is to always give you our best. That commitment hasn’t changed but our world has…at least for now. Thank you for sticking with us during these challenging times. Above all, we hope that you continue to stay safe and well.

For more information about what we are doing to keep our associates and customers safe, visit: http://facts.wakefern.com.

Framework for Connecticut Schools During the 2020-21 Academic Year

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Jun 252020

Yes, your children WILL be going back to school this fall.

There are a lot of rules set up for the 2020-2021 school year, comprised in cooperation with students and parents. The one sticking point that many are not thrilled about is that kids will be required to wear masks all day, which may very well prove to be difficult, especially for those younger than 10.

This is what the state has provided:

Guiding Principles

As Connecticut schools plan to reopen, the guidance and considerations outlined in this framework are grounded in six guiding principles:

  1. Safeguarding the health and safety of students and staff;
  2. Allowing all students the opportunity to return into the classrooms full time starting in the fall;
  3. Monitoring the school populations and, when necessary, potentially canceling classes in the future to appropriately contain COVID-19 spread;
  4. Emphasizing equity, access, and support to the students and communities who are emerging from this historic disruption;
  5. Fostering strong two-way communication with partners such as families, educators and staff; and
  6. Factoring into decisions about reopening the challenges to the physical safety and social-emotional well-being of our students when they are not in school.

These guiding principles require all districts to develop their plans with a certain level of consistency, however, they retain wide discretion in implementing approaches to reopening given unique local considerations.

School districts must balance their planning with contingency plans to provide robust, blended learning or remote learning for all grades in the event that a school, district, or region has to cancel or limit in-person classes due to health precautions.

Main Operational Considerations


  • Districts should emphasize grouping students by the same class/group of students and teachers (into a cohort) so each team functions independently as much as possible. Consider this methodology by grade levels.
  • Placing students in cohorts is strongly encouraged for grades K-8, and encouraged where feasible for grades 9-12.

Social Distancing and Facilities

  • Review building space and reconfigure available classroom space, such as gymnasiums and auditoriums, to maximize social distancing, consistent with public health guidelines in place at that time.


  • Districts should plan for buses to operate close to capacity with heightened health and safety protocols, including requiring all students and operators to wear face coverings.
  • Plans must be developed to activate increased social distancing protocols based upon community spread.

Face Coverings

  • All staff and students will be expected to wear a protective face covering or face mask that completely covers the nose and mouth when inside the school building, except for certain exceptions including when teachers are providing instruction.

Ensuring Equity and Access

  • Equitable access to education is a top priority that supports a full-time in-school model by mitigating any barriers to education or opportunity gaps that increased during the pandemic. Efforts to support equity, close the opportunity gap, and provide a wide range of support for students in the state are best achieved with in-person schooling opportunities for all ages.
  • Districts should identify gaps and develop action plans for reopening that specifically address inclusion, equity, and access for all learners with strategies and clearly defined action steps.

Oh No! Not The Country Fair Too!

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Jun 042020

Important Message regarding the 2020 Orange Country Fair:

The Orange Country Fair Committee is officially announcing that we will be postponing the Orange Country Fair slated to be held on September 18 – 20, 2020 to September 17 – 19, 2021.

After much consideration for the safety of the Volunteers, Vendors, Spectators, and the General Community and the uncertainty of what we would need to do to host a fair (social distancing, deep-cleaning, etc), the Committee reached the heartbreaking decision to cancel the fair.

We thank all our Volunteers, Vendors, Sponsors, and YOU, the general public, for your continued support over the years.

We look forward to seeing you in 2021 for our amazing comeback!

Orange Country Fair Committee

Orange Open Spaces In A COVID-19 World 

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May 312020

The Orange Conservation Commission wants to remind Orange residents of how fortunate we are to have nearly a thousand acres of open space which we can enjoy while being socially distant.

We have seen a dramatic increase in the usage of our trails by individual hikers, couples, and families. Folks have been very considerate of their fellow hikers by wearing masks when appropriate and remaining at least 6 feet apart and doing it with a smile to their fellow sojourners.

Unfortunately, we also have had an increasing number of users who have complained about unleashed dogs running free. We had an incident this past week in which a large unleashed dog attacked a woman at Turkey Hill Preserve who had a small dog in her arms. Police were called as were the Animal Control authorities. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries but it was very frightful for the woman and her puppy.

It is shameful that dog owners who do not leash their dogs are making our Open Spaces scary for people to enjoy. The OCC has asked both the OPD and Animal Control to step up patrols to identify irresponsible owners and issue citations and impose fines.

It is our goal to ensure that Orange Open Spaces continue to serve as refuges for the COVID-19- weary and our residents can get out of the house and take a walk in a safe environment.

Remember, we can get through this if we all work together.

Orange Dems Announce Annual Meet The Candidates Picnic

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May 292020

The Orange Democrats will host their annual Meet the Candidates Picnic at the High Plains Pavilion, on the Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road, on Friday, Aug. 28, from 5:30 – 8 p.m.

In a press release, they said, “With social distancing considerations, we are moving forward with our plans for our outdoor Annual Picnic that gives you a chance to meet the candidates for this year’s state elections: State Senate and State Representatives.”

Tickets are $25 per person. For tickets and more information call Jody at 203-314-9975 or Polly at 203-494-5976. You also may visit the Orange Dems Facebook page or Website.

You may make a donation to the Orange Democrats HERE.

Get Ready For Phase 2 Of Reopening The Economy

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May 292020

Below is new information from the State regarding Phase II of reopening the economy, compliance to general rules, Virtual Open House Day, and more.

PHASE 2: Salons and Barbershops are scheduled to reopen on June 1st. Phase II is scheduled to begin on June 20th, pending achievement of public health metrics. See ROADMAP FOR REOPENING CONNECTICUT. Businesses in Phase II consist of:

·    Hotels (no bar areas)

·    Restaurants (indoor dining – no bar)

·    Gyms, Fitness and Sports Clubs

·    Outdoor Arts, Entertainment and Events (up to 50 people)

·    Outdoor Amusement Parks

·    Bowling Alleys

·    Social Clubs

·    Pools

·    Museums, Zoos, Aquariums

·    Movie Theaters

·    Personal Services

Sector Specific Rules will be released at that time. Please remember to SELF-CERTIFY prior to opening.

SMALL BUSINESS REOPENING GUIDE: A guide to assist businesses in the reopening process includes topics regarding financial needs, employee training & support, physical layout, and a list of suppliers. The guide will be updated as new information becomes available.


COMPLIANCE: The State wants to ensure businesses are complying with the GENERAL BUSINESS AND SECTOR-SPECIFIC RULES and that they have completed the mandatory SELF-CERTIFICATION process.

PPP LOAN FORGIVENESS APPLICATION: The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application was released by the SBA. The instructions inform borrowers how to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans, consistent with the CARES Act. INSTRUCTIONS & LOAN FORGIVENESS APPLICATION

POSTERS FOR YOUR BUSINESS: Posters are available for downloading and printing to place in your business/office:







CDC Adds Six New Possible Symptoms For Coronavirus

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Apr 262020

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On Sunday, April 26, the CDC updated its list of “possible symptoms of the coronavirus” to include not only fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, but also chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and the new loss of taste or smell.

Be aware of these new “possible” symptoms, and if you are experiencing any of them, try to get tested as soon as possible. Be sure to wear a mask to protect yourself and others from contracting the virus.