Sacandaga Elementary School will be closed tomorrow, Friday, November 6, while the Schenectady County Public Health Services (SCPHS) conducts an investigation and contact tracing related to a student who has tested positive for COVID-19. The student was last in school on Friday, October 30.
Sacandaga students should remain at home tomorrow; staff members should report to work.
The contact tracing, for this student case and the other case announced earlier in the week involving a staff member, involves six staff members who were potentially exposed to COVID-19 in the building. In addition, three staff members were scheduled to be out. That large number of absences makes it impossible to open as usual. The school district will let parents know about the school’s opening status for Monday and beyond.
In addition, there was a confirmed case at Lincoln Elementary. That student has not been at school for the past week and contact tracing will not be required.
Everyone at the school is following health guidelines by wearing face masks and keeping socially distant, including the individual who tested positive. All staff members and students complete a series of health questions every morning from the Pinpoint Health Screening App before coming to school.
Please note that The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other privacy laws restrict us from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information about individuals suspected of, or having, COVID – 19. We cannot identify anyone who has tested positive.
Since the start of the school year, the district has been thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting all buildings on campus, in accordance with guidance from the New York State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).