The district has learned of three separate confirmed cases of COVID-19, a member of the Rosendale school community, a member of the Van Antwerp school community, and a member of the Iroquois school community. Please note the following information, including the fact that all Iroquois Middle School students will learn remotely for at least tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 4.
Rosendale & Van Antwerp: Based on the date the two individuals were last at school, there is no need for contact tracing through the school and no one needs to quarantine based on potential exposure in the school/work setting.
Iroquois: We are working with Schenectady County Public Health Services to identify the individual contacts at school. All individuals determined to be a contact will be notified directly about the need to quarantine. Based upon our conversations with public health and out of an abundance of caution, there will not be sufficient staffing and supervision at school on Friday, Dec. 4, and all students will learn remotely for at least that day. We expect to know more on Friday about the status of Iroquois for next week and will communicate that to families.
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.
All Niskayuna schools besides Iroquois remain open for in-person learning, and our overarching goal is for this to continue. We again remind you that we are following all of the necessary health and safety precautions outlined in our reopening plan, including mask-wearing, social distancing and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting. We will continue to work in close partnership with our public health partners.
Please help limit the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and adhering to guidelines related to gatherings. We are all in this together, and we are grateful for your partnership in promoting health and safety in our schools and community.
Niskayuna Central School District