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15 individuals test positive for COVID-19; Grades 7-12 to stay remote through Tuesday, Dec. 8

| November 30, 2020

Dear North Colonie Community,

The North Colonie Central School District has confirmed since we last wrote to you on Tuesday, Nov. 24, that 15 individuals in our school community have tested positive for COVID-19. While we recognize this number is very high, we want to remind you that we did not send out daily communication to families over the holiday break.

Due to the number of teachers and staff who are quarantined at the secondary level, all students in grades 7-12 will continue with remote learning through Tuesday, Dec. 8 and they will return to in-person learning on Wednesday, Dec. 9. At this time, all of our K-6 elementary students will continue with in-person instruction. If there is any change to the secondary plan, we will let families know on Friday, Dec. 4.

The following cases have been confirmed since Wednesday, Nov. 25:

  • An individual associated with the high school community who was last in the building on Wednesday, Nov. 18.
  • An individual associated with the high school community who was last in the building on Friday, Nov. 20.
  • An individual associated with the high school community who was not in school during the time in which they were infectious.
  • An individual associated with the Blue Creek school community who was not in school during the time in which they were infectious.
  • An individual associated with the Blue Creek school community who was not in school during the time in which they were infectious.
  • An individual associated with the 4-6 program in the junior high school building who was not in school during the time in which they were infectious.
  • An individual associated with grades 7-8 in the high school building who was not in school during the time in which they were infectious.
  • An individual associated with the Loudonville Elementary school community who was last in the building on Friday, Nov. 20.
  • An individual associated with the grades 7-8 remote program who has not been in any of our buildings at all this school year.
  • An individual associated with the high school community who was last in the building on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
  • An individual associated with the high school community who was not in school during the time in which they were infectious.
  • An individual associated with the 7-12 community who was last in the building on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
  • An individual associated with the high school community who was not in school during the time in which they were infectious.
  • An individual associated with the grades 4-6 remote learning program who has not been in any of our buildings at all this school year.
  • An individual associated with the Boght Hills 4-6 program in the junior high school building who was last in the building on Monday, Nov. 23.

As you can see, a vast majority of our cases have involved the 7-12 community, which is why we made the decision, in consultation with Albany County, to move to all remote learning for students in grades 7-12 until Wednesday, Dec. 9. At this time, our elementary school buildings remain open because we have had fewer cases in those buildings and fewer teachers and students placed on quarantine.

We have been in contact with the Albany County Department of Health and identified each individual’s close contacts in the school community. Anyone who has been in close contact with any of these individuals has been directly contacted by a school administrator to discuss quarantine procedures and other health-related instructions. A call from the New York State Department of Health contact tracers will follow.

We continue to work closely with the Albany County Health Department and follow their guidance each time our district has a positive case. As a reminder, each of our school buildings are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected each evening in accordance with guidance from the CDC and the New York State Department of Health.

Please reach out to your child’s principal if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

D. Joseph Corr
Superintendent of Schools

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