October 29, 2020
Dear Parents and Families,
The Orleans County Health Department notified us today that a staff member has tested positive with COVID-19. I can share that the staff member who tested positive has not been on campus since October 23, 2020. Per privacy guidelines, no addition personally identifiable information can be shared about this individual.
We have spoken to the Health Department and if your child is deemed a “close contact,” you will be contacted by New York State Contract Tracers and provided with further direction. If your son/daughter is contacted and is put on mandatory quarantine, please call our school nurse, Mrs. Kurz, at 765-3124. We will work with your child about being fully remote during the quarantine period. Please note it is not necessary to take action unless you are personally notified by the Health Department.
The District is currently assisting the Orleans County Health Department with identifying close contacts. We will continue to support the Health Department by providing any required information for their process and will adhere to their guidance.
We are committed to providing our students and staff with a safe and healthy environment. I assure you, our building will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. I continue to be proud of our staff and students for adhering to the safety protocols we have in place. Our cleaning, social distancing, barriers and face covering are effective in preventing the spread of the virus on our campus. I ask that you please continue to wear face masks, maintain social distancing and wash your hands frequently.
While I would like to hope this is the only positive case we will have, this is simply not realistic. I will continue to inform you of any positive cases as we are notified.
School will continue as scheduled. We will monitor the situation closely and will notify you immediately if the Department of Health determines there is a need to close school—right now, this is NOT the case.
Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures as we work to help protect our students, staff and families. As always, if you have questions, I can be contacted directly at:
Jason A. Smith
Superintendent of Schools