Good Evening WGCSD Families and Caregivers!
As we embark on our first long break from school, I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to our school community for the support and cooperation, as to what has proven to be another challenging school year. I am extremely proud to be part of a community that cares so much for its school and the students it serves.
A huge congratulations goes out to our State Meet swimmers, Faye Mooney and Alannah Klemann. Both swimmers represented their school and team with pride, enthusiasm, and excellent sportsmanship!
Upon our return from the Thanksgiving Recess, contests will begin in our JV and Varsity Winter sports Season. We are happy to report that we are NOT implementing any capacity restrictions currently for events schedule in our Field House Gymnasium. However, the following guidelines must be followed per NYS and Section IV rules and regulations:
- Face masks, over mouth and nose, are required at ALL TIMES regardless of vaccination status.
- Spectators for JV and Varsity games in the Fieldhouse will not be limited at this time. However, this may change if overcrowding becomes an issue.
- No food or drink will be permitted in the gymnasium.
- Any concession stand food should be consumed in the lobby seating area.
- Please do not arrive at the event with more than 20 minutes prior to the event start time.
- Upon event conclusion, we ask that you exit the facilities in a timely manner and not congregate with the Student Athletes
We realize that these regulations and rules are polarizing and upsetting. However, please do not argue with the event staff that are tasked with ensuring proper implementation of the guidelines above. The staff that we have at events allows us to keep our facility open without capacity limitations. Please treat them with dignity and respect by complying with all rules and regulations.
There is also an alternative to view games located in the fieldhouse. All games are live streamed through NFHS network at https://www.nfhsnetwork.com for a monthly or annual fee. Just put Watkins Glen in the search area to see upcoming games for school who use the same system.
Each school's spectator protocols are different. Please be aware and be ready to adjust based on what district or county you are visiting. We will keep a list of competitors protocols on the athletics website and update as we receive information.
Update: The District is now over 80 positive cases District-Wide since the school year started. The majority of our positive cases are now recovered and are back in school.
The test-to-stay program has been in the local news lately. The District is hopeful that we can implement this program soon. Once the program is ready, we will communicate the details.
The NYS COVID School Report Card system is now working. The link to it can be found here https://schoolcovidreportcard.health.ny.gov. Click on “Public Schools”, type in “Watkins Glen”, and a list will drop down for you to select both building specific and district level data.
As always, thank you for your continued support and cooperation!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Superintendent of Schools