Three Members of Van Antwerp & NHS Communities Test Positive for COVID-19

Dec. 9, 2020 Update: In-person instruction WILL RESUME at Niskayuna High School on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

The district has learned of three cases of COVID-19, two members of the Van Antwerp school community and a member of the Niskayuna High School community. Please note the following information, including the fact that all Niskayuna High School students will learn remotely for at least tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec. 8, to provide time for the necessary contact tracing.

Van Antwerp: Based on the dates 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.

Niskayuna High School: We are working with Schenectady County Public Health Services to identify the individual’s contacts at school. All individuals determined to be a contact will be notified directly about the need to quarantine. To provide time for the necessary contact tracing, all Niskayuna High School students will learn remotely for at least Tuesday, Dec. 8. High school students who participate in Capital Region BOCES career & technical education programs should not report to those programs on Tuesday as contact tracing is ongoing. High school students who participate in The Life Skills Program and the SCCC program should not report to those programs on Tuesday as contact tracing is ongoing.

We will send a follow-up message Tuesday to inform high school families and staff members about the high school’s status for Wednesday, Dec. 9.

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 other than Iroquois for students in Grades 6-8 (learning remotely this week) and Niskayuna High School remain open for in-person learning. 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.