Letter from Superintendent Dailey below:

October 2, 2020

Dear Families:

The health and safety of the students and staff at Hoosick Falls CSD are our first priority. In the past week, two high school students have tested positive for COVID-19. The district has followed all Rensselaer County and New York State Department of Health recommendations for quarantine and cleaning. Since notification, we have had to quarantine a number of staff members as well as students that came in contact with the positive individuals. To date, we have not been notified of any new cases related to the school district.

With the number of cases increasing in the community, a significant number of students reporting absent and a high demand for substitutes we have decided to pivot to remote learning for all students UPK-12 next week: Monday, October 5 through Friday, October 9. The current plan is for students to return to in-person schooling on Tuesday, October 13. While the building is closed, classes will still proceed as normal remotely. This situation will be reviewed on a daily basis for changes that may take place.

To assist in monitoring sickness in the community, please make sure you inform the school nurse of the reason your child is absent from school each time. This information is helpful for us to determine patterns of sickness in the community. Please continue to follow all CDC and NYS Department of Health safety recommendations including wearing face masks, social distancing a minimum of six feet and notifying the school, as well as the Rensselaer County Department of Health, if you have been tested for COVID-19.

We are taking a proactive stance on the health and safety of the students. While closing the building is a difficult decision, we feel it is in the best interest of students, families and staff. Please contact me with any questions you have.

Sincerely,

Patrick Dailey

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