Dear Families and Community Members,
I want to let you know that the district learned today, Wednesday, Sept. 23, that a member of the Rosendale Elementary School Community has tested positive for COVID-19. 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 to identify this individual’s contacts at the school. Schenectady County Public Health Services will reach out to all contacts and advise on the need to quarantine and arrange testing for those exposed.
At this time, all schools remain open for in-person instruction. We will continue to work closely with Schenectady County Public Health Services and follow guidance from all public health agencies on maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment.
It’s important to remember that:
- Students and staff members are wearing masks at all times except those limited circumstances that we have outlined.
- We are following public health protocols for enhanced cleaning and disinfecting in our schools.
- Our reopening plan calls for social distancing in our schools and limits interactions between cohorts of students to the greatest extent possible.
- If you or anyone in your family is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your healthcare provider.
We will continue to work closely with the Schenectady County Public Health Services and communicate any necessary updates. Please reach out to your building principal directly if you would like more information about health and safety procedures.
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 situation as a community.
Cosimo Tangorra, Jr., Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools