Dear North Colonie Community,
The North Colonie Central School District confirmed today, Wednesday, Oct. 21, that two members of the school community have tested positive for COVID-19.
The first case involves an individual at Boght Hills who was last in the building on Thursday, Oct. 15. The individual who tested positive has been placed in isolation and will not return to the school until they are cleared by the health department.
We have been in contact with the Albany County Health Department and identified the individual’s close contacts at the school. The health department will reach out to members of the school community who were in close contact with the individual. The health department will advise on the need to quarantine and to facilitate testing of those potentially exposed.
Students who are directed to quarantine will work with their teacher on assignments during their quarantine period and until they are cleared to return to campus for in-person instruction. The teacher will reach out with more information. At this time, Boght Hills remains open for in-person instruction for all other students and staff.
The second case we received notice of today involves an individual who was last in contact with students from multiple buildings on Friday, Oct. 16. This individual has also been placed in isolation and will not return to the school until they are cleared by the health department. Again, we have identified the individual’s close contacts and the health department will reach out to those members of the school community and advise on the need to quarantine, if any, and to facilitate testing of those potentially exposed.
If your student is in grades K-6 and is identified as a close contact who needs to quarantine, instruction will proceed the following ways, depending on grade level:
- Grades K-6 students: Their home school will reach out to them to stay up-to-date on assignments, just like they would when they are home sick from school.
- Grades 7-8 students: Students should check their Google Classroom for assignments each day they are quarantined, as long as they are feeling well. Teachers will post resources and assignments for them to complete there. Students are also encouraged to use the afterschool remote period to reach out to teachers for any extra help.
- Grades 9-12 students: Students will have access to remote instruction for the classes that they cannot be present for.
We continue to work closely with the Albany County Health Department and we will follow their guidance on how to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment.
If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s school principal.
D. Joseph Corr
Superintendent of Schools