9/20/20 Notification of COVID-19 case at Shenendehowa High School East…

Written by on September 20, 2020

We are writing to inform you that the district was notified on Sunday, September 20, that a Shenendehowa High School East student tested positive for COVID-19. Based on the hybrid schedule, the student was only in school on Monday, September 14, and Tuesday, September 15. 

The district has coordinated with the Saratoga Public Health Department to identify through contact tracing protocols any student or staff member who may be at high risk of exposure.  

The Saratoga County Public Health has, or will be, reaching out to those staff members and  parents of students identified to inform them if they need to be placed under mandatory quarantine for precautionary purposes. Due to privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about any individual who has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19. 

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. 

It is important to know that:

  • 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

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.

Safety is everyone’s responsibility. This is a difficult time for everyone and we need to work together to keep everyone safe. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus. 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. The district is also following protocols from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for enhanced infection control precautions

If you or a family member begin showing symptoms of COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. Before going to your healthcare provider’s office, inform them that a case of COVID-19 is suspected, and follow their advice.

The new reality of living, working and learning in the COVID-19 era requires us as a school system to engage in an three-pronged approach, Prevention-Mitigation-Reinforcement:

  • Prevention: daily health checks certification, wearing of masks by all, social distancing, disinfecting and sanitizing, and engaging proper hygiene practices 
  • Mitigation: Follow-up with DOH and families for contact tracing, disinfecting and sanitizing as needed, communicating with impacted parties 
  • Reinforcement: learning for every instance, retraining and reminding of prevention practices and protocols. 

New York State Public Dashboard for COVID-19 School Reporting has been created so that the community can see the number of students/staff who have been tested and the results (negative/positive) for each school (https://schoolcovidreportcard.health.ny.gov/#/home).

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