Sacandaga to be closed on Thursday, Nov. 12 while county conducts contact tracing

Sacandaga Elementary School will be closed on at least Thursday, November 12, while the Schenectady County Public Health Services (SCPHS) conducts an investigation and contract tracing related to an adult who has tested positive for COVID-19. The adult was last in school on Thursday, November 5.

The school may need to be closed longer than one day during the contact tracing investigation. The contact tracing being conducted by SCPHS will involve several students and staff members at the school who were potentially exposed to COVID-19.

Sacandaga students should remain at home on Thursday; staff members should report to work. The students will be set up to learn virtually while they are at home.

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).