Dear Carmel Families,
To slow the transmission of COVID-19 into schools, the New York State Department of Health has provided schools districts with at-home rapid antigen test kits to distribute to its families and staff.
Carmel Central School District has received a shipment of test kits which are being made available to each district family. The number of test kits given to each family will depend on the number of students in the family who attend one of the five schools in our district.
At-home COVID-19 test kits will be available for families to pick up at the Carmel Central School District Administrative Office (81 South Street, Patterson, NY, 12563) on Tuesday, January 4, 8-10 a.m. and 6-8 p.m., and Wednesday, January 5, 8-10 a.m. and 6-8 p.m.
When picking up the at-home test kits, families are asked to enter the building using the lower-level double doors that face South Street. Masks are required for anyone entering the building. Families will be asked to provide the name(s) of district students in order to receive their test kit(s).
It is recommended that the test kits are used when your child(ren) are experiencing symptoms. Parents can opt to test their child prior to entering school as a means of screening. Please note that this is completely optional, and the district does not require the test prior to school entry.
If your child(ren) is experiencing any symptoms or tests positive, please notify your child’s building principal and do not send your child to school.
Putnam County Test to Stay Update
Due to the increase of cases in the county, Putnam County Department of Health is pivoting to testing any symptomatic student or school staff rather than initiating test to stay at this point.
Putnam County COVID-19 Testing
The Putnam County Department of Health is offering COVID-19 testing and vaccinations at several locations throughout the country for residents. Additional information is available on the PCDOH website.
Putnam County has special testing hours for students and staff that are symptomatic and/or have been exposed:
- COVID-19 Testing Centers: Open to Residents of Putnam County Only
- School Children & School Staff Only
- Monday – Friday, 6-9 a.m., Paladin Center, 39 Seminary Hill Rd., Carmel
- Monday – Friday, 6-9 a.m., Philipstown Recreation Center, 107 Glenclyffe Dr., Garrison
- All Ages
- Daily, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Paladin Center
- Daily, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Philipstown Recreation Center
We continue to monitor the ever-changing COVID-19 status in the local community and in our district, and any possible impacts it may have on our student and staff attendance over the coming days. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding and remind our entire community to be prepared for any changes that may result.
Keeping our buildings, students and staff safe and healthy is a priority, and we will continue to update you as soon as possible if anything changes.
Superintendent of Schools