On July 21, 2022, RCDOH and NYSDOH alerted the public to a case of confirmed poliomyelitis in an UNVACCINATED, previously healthy, young adult, county resident who presented with leg paralysis. Please click here for more information.
While this is the only identified case so far, most people who get infected with poliovirus will not have any visible symptoms. An infected person may spread the virus to others even if they do not have symptoms. The virus can also live in an infected person’s feces for many weeks and can contaminate food and water in unsanitary conditions.
The county is continuing to conduct surveillance activities to assess the risk to the community (i.e, determine if the virus is circulating).
There is negligible risk to those who are fully vaccinated. Those who are unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated are at risk of contracting and spreading polio, and RCDOH strongly urges seeking polio vaccination without delay.
The INACTIVATED POLIO VACCINE (IPV) is the only polio vaccine given in the US since 2000. It is safe and effective. There is no risk of getting or spreading polio with IPV.
About the Rockland Region
Each young soul in the Rockland region is a unique child of God.
The approach to education – both academic and religious – in the Rockland region is delivered with precision to each student. Students now have greater opportunities to develop digital literacy, set personal goals, work collaboratively, and practice self-governance when doing independent work. These real-world skills will serve them well throughout their academic careers and beyond due to the upgrades in technology in our Rockland regional schools. All of our regional schools have returned to their MAP testing schedules which consistently reflected growth in both Math and ELA. In all grade levels of MAP testing, we can project achievement percentiles indicating success on all NYS Math & ELA Assessments.
Our Rockland regional schools showed continued growth for our youngest students where particular academic initiatives were implemented. The opening of the new Office of Early Childhood, which focuses solely on early childhood education in the upper counties. Road maps and academic environments that are consistent with the New York State Education Department P-3 Continuum were created in order to give children a solid start in school. These road maps, along with enhanced professional development for the teachers and the addition of cutting-edge furniture and materials thanks to donations from Lakeshore and our other partners, helped to increase the program quality which lead to this increase in enrollment in our early childhood programs at all of our Rockland Regional School: St. Anthony-St. Paul School, St. Gregory Barbargio School, and St. Margaret School. Of particular mention is the model at St. Anthony-St. Paul School which is one school, two campuses; students in Grades PK – 2 attend at the Valley Cottage Campus, while students in Grades 3 – 8 attend at the Nanuet Campus. This building specific makeup allows each campus to focus on grade-level specific focus but maintaining a larger school family.
While our innovative academics produce future productive citizens, the values-based mission of our Catholic schools is to provide an education in how Jesus wants us all to behave and to put our children on a path to Heaven. Each of our Regional Schools, while navigating normalcy post-pandemic, immediately returned incorporated outreach to their communities. Whether it be Food Drives, Toys for Tots, Essentials for Veterans, our school families went back to what they know best – service.