Superintendent to update Potsdam school board on COVID-19 screening testing
POTSDAM — Potsdam Central School Superintendent Joann Chambers will update the school board on district COVID-19 screening testing.
A school board meeting is set for tonight at 7 p.m.Potsdam Central is mandating weekly COVID-19 testing of all asymptomatic unvaccinated teachers and staff, as well as offering voluntary weekly testing of asymptomatic students, vaccinated teachers, and vaccinated staff.
The district is partnering with St. Lawrence County Department of Health’s testing partner Quadrant Biosciences, to offer the free COVID-19 screening testing program.
Chambers said the program will use non-invasive, self-collected saliva samples that are appropriate and painless for all ages.
The district asked parents to sign consent forms by Sept. 10.
Parents, students and other community members are welcome to attend the meeting in person and can speak during a public comment period if they choose to. The meeting will not stream online.
At every Board of Education Meeting, there is an opportunity for members of the public to make comments. This portion of the meeting is limited to 30 minutes.
The following rules apply when participating in public comment:
• Participants will be called to speak from the sign in sheet in the order in which they signed in. However, the Board President has the discretion to prioritize comments related to items on the meeting’s agenda.
• Speakers are asked to please limit their comments to three minutes. Longer comments may be submitted in writing to the Superintendent or Board of Education president.
• The Board does not permit any discussion of matters unrelated to the district or involving individual district personnel or students.
• All speakers are to conduct themselves in a civil manner. Obscene language, libelous statements, threats of violence, statements advocating racial, religious, or other forms of prejudice will not be tolerated.
• Board of Education members will not respond to questions and comments from the public during Public Comment. However, the Superintendent will follow up with anyone who ask questions or provide comments.
Also on the agenda will be the introduction of new staff from the elementary school, updates for the district strategic plan and an ED Law-2D presentation.
The Board is also expected to take action on a sports merger with Colton-Pierrepont Central and several resignations and appointments.