Member of Iroquois Middle School Community Tests Positive for COVID-19; Team Tuscarora to Learn Remotely Nov. 9 through 13

We want to let you know that the district has learned that a member of the Iroquois Middle 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 have been working closely with the Schenectady County Public Health Services to identify this individual’s contacts at the school. When positive cases of COVID-19 are confirmed, the public health department reaches out directly to anyone it determines to be a contact of the individual about the need to quarantine.

Iroquois Middle School remains open, however 8th Grade Team Tuscarora will transition to all-remote instruction from Monday, November 9 through Friday, November 13. Team Tuscarora students are not being quarantined (other than those directly advised to do so by public health), but rather being asked to learn remotely based on staffing and supervision needs in this circumstance.

We ask our entire community 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 Schenectady County Public Health Services and communicate any updates to this information if needed. Please reach out to your building principal directly if you would like more information about health and safety procedures.

We again 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.