Dear North Colonie Community,
The North Colonie Central School District learned today, Monday, Sept. 14, that a member of the North Colonie school community has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual was not in school today for the first day of school. The individual was only in the high school building last week from Wednesday, Sept. 9 through Friday, Sept. 11, when no students were present.
We are currently working with our local health departments to identify this individual’s contacts at the school. The health departments will reach out to all contacts and advise on the need to isolate, if any, and to arrange testing of those potentially exposed.
Please note that The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other privacy laws restrict us from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information. We cannot identify anyone who has tested positive.
This message is not meant to alarm you. We know it is important to keep you informed during these uncertain times while also respecting the federal and state laws that prohibit the release of confidential medical information.
Anyone who has been in close contact with this individual will be directly contacted by the local health departments shortly to discuss how long/if they should self-isolate and other health-related instructions.
All district spaces where this individual had been last week have been deep cleaned as per CDC guidance for cleaning and disinfecting.
The individual who tested positive has been placed in isolation and will not return to the school environment until they are cleared by their local health department.
Again, this individual had no contact with any students. At this time, our school remains open for in-person instruction. We continue to work closely with the local health departments and we will follow their guidance on how to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment.
Please contact your child’s school principal directly if you would like more information about our health and safety procedures.
D. Joseph Corr
Superintendent of Schools