Dear Niskayuna Family,
The purpose of this message is to let you know that the district learned today that two members of the Niskayuna High School community have tested positive for COVID-19. Based on its contact tracing protocols, Schenectady County Public Health Services has determined that a dozen high school teachers and staff members need to quarantine. The resulting staffing shortage requires that we transition Niskayuna High School to all-remote learning from tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 17, through next Tuesday, Nov. 24.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other privacy laws restrict the district from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information and we cannot identify anyone who has tested positive.
We are working closely with Schenectady County Public Health Services on its contact tracing efforts and anyone determined to be a contact of either individual will be contacted directly about the need to quarantine.
All-remote learning for NHS students will begin with students logging into homeroom for a B1 Day on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Classes will follow the regular schedule. Students should log in to homeroom every day and follow their schedule.
Going to all-remote learning at the high school was not a decision we made lightly. However, based on the staffing shortage in this circumstance, we determined that it would not be possible to continue in-person learning at this time.
The Thanksgiving recess begins next Wednesday, Nov. 25, and at this time, our plan is for in-person learning to resume at the high school on Monday, Nov. 30.
Career & Technical Education Students
Please note that at this time, as contact tracing is ongoing, transportation to BOCES Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs will not be provided and students should learn remotely. Should this change, we will notify CTE students immediately.
Van Antwerp Case: No Quarantines Necessary Based on School Contact
On a separate note, the district has learned of a positive case within the Van Antwerp School community. However, based on the timing of when the individual was last at school, public health services has indicated that there is no need for contact tracing from the school setting or for any member of the VA school community to quarantine based on contact at school.
Health & Safety Precautions are in Place
We again remind our community that our reopening plan follows all of the necessary health and safety precautions, including mask-wearing, social distancing and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting. We will continue to work closely with the Schenectady County Public Health Services and communicate any necessary updates to this information.
We recognize that this is a challenging and uncertain time. Please know that we are here for all of you and our students, and remain committed to taking all necessary health and safety precautions as we navigate this extraordinary time as a community.
Cosimo Tangorra, Jr., Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools