1/4/21 Notification of Positive COVID-19 Cases…

Written by on January 4, 2021

January 4, 2021

Due to the Winter/Holiday Break, there was a backlog of COVID tests that were conducted during this time period and not reported to the school district. Now that school is in session we were informed of the various positive cases and have engaged in contact tracing whenever needed. We will continue to closely monitor the data to identify any post-Holiday trends.

The data below reveals the number of positive cases of COVID-19 that occurred during the holiday break. Unfortunately, the District has to report these cases on the New York State Dashboard when schools were not even in session at this time. The reporting process does not reveal where or how people contract COVID; consequently, the reporting of  all COVID-19 cases makes it appear as though schools are the source or cause. As you can see from the case reported during a 12-day break from school, SCHOOLS ARE CLEARLY NOT THE SOURCE OF THE COVID SPREAD. It is being spread outside of school, largely in family situations and social gatherings. 

The District was informed by the Saratoga County Public Health Department that an individual associated with the following building tested positive for COVID-19:

  • An individual associated with Facilities/Operations, last day on site was 1/2/2021
  • An individual associated with Transportation Department, last day on site was 12/22/2020
  • An individual associated with High School East, last day on site was 12/18/2020
  • An individual associated with High School East, last day on site was 12/21/2020
  • Four individuals associated with High School East, access educational resources remotely, never on-site
  • SIx individuals associated with High School East, last day on site was 12/23/2020
  • Two individuals associated with High School East, last day on site was 12/28/2020
  • Three individuals associated with High School West, last day on site was 12/17/2020
  • An individual associated with High School West, last day on site was 12/21/2020
  • An individual associated with High School West, last day on site was 12/23/2020
  • An individual associated with High School West, last day on site was 1/2/2021
  • Two individuals associated with Acadia Middle School,  last day on site 12/23
  • An individual associated with Acadia Middle School,  last day on site 12/22
  • An individual associated with Acadia Middle School,  last day on site 12/21
  • An individual associated with Koda Middle School,  last day on site 12/23
  • Two individuals associated with Arongen Elementary, last day on site was 12/23/2020
  • An individual associated with Chango Elementary,  last day on site 12/22
  • An individual associated with Karigon Elementary, access educational resources remotely, never on-site
  • An individual associated with Tesago Elementary,  last day on site 12/23

Like with all confirmed cases, Saratoga County Public Health Department in collaboration with the school district investigates and identifies through contact tracing protocols any student or staff who had prolonged, direct contact with the positive individual. Out of an abundance of caution, students and staff who had prolonged, direct contact with this individual will be quarantined by the Saratoga County Public Health Department.

Summary of Contact Tracing Protocols

When the Saratoga Public Health Department informs the district that there is a positive case, the district’s COVID Response Team meets to begin gathering all of the information for the health department to begin contact tracing protocols. This includes information like class lists, last date in school, seating charts, lunch information, recess information, wearing of masks, social distancing, amount of time spent with individuals, transportation to and from school, self-certification, and other details that lend to the most complete assessment of the situation.

The main consideration when recommending mandatory quarantine for precautionary purposes is prolonged, direct contact with a positive individual.  We will continue to be even more diligent now that the quarantine period has been reduced from 14 days to 10 days by the NYS Department of Health. This is a summary of how the process plays out:

  • A COVID positive individual is classified as Person-A – Placed under mandatory isolation by the Saratoga Public Health Department and monitored daily.
  • A person in prolonged, direct contact with a COVID positive individual (person classified as Person-A) is classified as Person- B –Placed under mandatory quarantine out of an abundance of caution by the Saratoga Public Health Department and monitored daily.
  • A person in contact with an individual classified as Person-B is considered to be Person- CNo action recommended by the Saratoga Public Health Department unless Person-B becomes symptomatic and confirmed positive.

 

Please add the following phone number (518-885-2276) to your contacts. It is the number for the Saratoga County Public Health and may come up as spam on some phones. 

 

We cannot emphasize enough that parents, students and staff members need to be just as vigilant following guidelines outside of school, this includes limiting group gatherings, practicing good hygiene, wearing masks and following social distance guidelines.

It is important to know that:

  • All students and staff are required to complete the daily health self-certification
  • All students and staff are required to wear masks
  • Classroom seats are spaced with appropriate social distance and students have assigned seats
  • Classrooms are cleaned regularly throughout the school day, and deep cleaned and sanitized at the end of each school day
  • Seating assignments also occur on buses and in the cafeteria

 

Safety is everyone’s responsibility. We need to work together to keep everyone safe. Please do not send your child to school sick. If you suspect that you, your child, or someone in your family has been potentially exposed to COVID-19, please contact your personal medical provider. 

The district will continue to closely monitor this situation and will stay in close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps. 

As always, the health and safety of students and staff is a priority and we appreciate your continued support.