Dear North Colonie Community,
The North Colonie Central School District has confirmed today, Thursday, Nov. 19, that a high school student in the SOUTH COHORT has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was last in the building on Tuesday, Nov. 17.
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.
Anyone who has been in close contact with this individual will be directly contacted by a school administrator this afternoon to discuss quarantine procedures and other health-related instructions. A call from the New York State Department of Health contact tracers will follow.
Approximately 30 minutes before buses were to start picking up high school SOUTH students, we were informed by the county that a SOUTH student who was last in school on Tuesday, Nov. 17 had tested positive for COVID-19. With too little time to allow contact tracing to take place and quarantine orders to be issued, the district COVID response team, in coordination with Albany County DOH, made the decision that Shaker High School SOUTH students should be fully remote today.
All classes for Shaker High School NORTH students, and those for 7th and 8th grade students, will take place in-person tomorrow as scheduled as none of those students were in contact with the positive individual. All high school staff members who are not under a mandatory quarantine should report to the building tomorrow.
Please note that 7th and 8th grade students and students in the NORTH cohort have minimal risk of exposure.
We continue to work closely with the local health departments and follow their guidance. If you have any questions, please reach out to Principal Murphy.
D. Joseph Corr
Superintendent of Schools