Two members of High School Community Test Positive for COVID-19; Grades 9-12 to Learn Remotely on Nov. 10

We want to let the you know that all Niskayuna High School students will transition to all-remote learning for tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 10) after two members of the NHS community have tested positive for COVID-19. The decision to transition to remote-learning was made in consultation with Schenectady County Public Health Services out of an abundance of caution and to allow time for the necessary contact tracing. 

All-remote learning for NHS students will begin with students logging into homeroom for a B1 Day on Tuesday, Nov. 10. With no school on Wednesday for Veterans’ Day, our plan is for students to return to in-person instruction for a B2 Day on Thursday, Nov. 12, unless otherwise notified. 

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. Please know that 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. 

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.

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.