1/6/21 Notification of Positive COVID-19 Cases…

Written by on January 6, 2021

January 6, 2021

 

The purpose of this communication is to inform you that on Wednesday, January 6,  the Saratoga County Public Health Department notified the district that individuals associated with the District tested positive for COVID-19. 

The New York State Dashboard reporting process does not indicate where or how people contract COVID; consequently, the reporting of all COVID-19 cases by the school district makes it appear as though schools are the source. 

As you can see, the cases reported are from exposures during the 12-day school break. The source of spread for these cases is outside of school, largely in family situations and social gatherings. The positive COVID-19 reported cases for January 6, 2021 are as follows:

  • An individual associated with High School, last day of attendance was 12/17/2020
  • Two individuals associated with High School, last day of attendance was 12/21/2020
  • An individual associated with High School, last day of attendance was 12/23/2020
  • An individual associated with Acadia Middle School, last day of attendance was 
  • 12/23/2020
  • An individual associated with Gowana Middle School, last day of attendance was 12/21/2020
  • An individual associated with Skano Elementary School, last day of attendance was 12/22/2020
  • An individual associated with Skano Elementary School, last day of attendance was 12/23/2020
  • Two individuals associated with Shatekon Elementary School, last day of attendance was 12/23/2020
  • An individual associated with Orenda Elementary School, last day of attendance was 12/23/2020

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.