UPDATED 10/1/2020 @ 5:31 p.m.: Second Student Tests Positive:

On Thursday afternoon, October 1st, Hoosick Falls Central School District was informed of a second high school student testing positive for COVID-19. This case DOES NOT impact the school district. The high school student has not been on the Hoosick Falls campus for 13 days as they have attended classes remotely from home during this time.
Additionally, the Rensselaer County Department of Health posted a third teenager has tested positive in the community. This student does not attend Hoosick Falls CSD. Neither of these individuals have had contact with the student body on campus since exposure and the building was thoroughly cleaned/disinfected on Tuesday, September 29th.
Rensselaer County Department of Health has determined that school operations may continue as normal.

Hoosick Falls CSD student Tests Positive for COVID-19

UPDATED @ 5:56 PM on 9/28/2020


The Hoosick Falls Central School District was informed on Monday that a High School Group B student tested positive for COVID-19. The Rensselaer County Health Department has indicated that any siblings or close contacts of the student will be contacted and advised to quarantine per DOH guidelines as a precaution.
 
In addition, all students in the District will move to remote learning for Tuesday, September 29 to allow for a thorough cleaning of the building. Staff will return on Wednesday, September 30 to conduct remote learning and Group B students will return on Thursday, October 1 to resume classes.

Resources:

For more information regarding the NYSDOH guidance on the contacts of a close contact of a confirmed or suspected case, click here (PDF)

HFCS Nurses Page click HERE.

Letter from Superintendent Patrick Dailey:


Download as PDF HERE
 
September 28, 2020
 
Dear Parent, Staff, and Community Member:
 
Today the District was informed of a positive test for COVID-19 for a student of the District who attends the high school. As per New York State Education Department and New York State Department of Health guidelines, the District took immediate steps to isolate the situation and notify the Rensselaer County Department of Health. The District is working closely with the County DOH and following all guidance provided by them. They will take the lead role in any further steps that may be necessary such as additional testing of individuals or contact tracing. In the event you are contacted by a representative of the County DOH or the District, we encourage you to offer your complete cooperation.

In addition to taking the immediate steps to isolate the individual, the District will also be implementing the “deep cleaning/disinfection” of any potentially impacted area as per NYS DOH and CDC guidelines. As a result of this need, both the elementary school and high school will be closed tomorrow and re-opening for students on Thursday, October 1. If there is another direct impact on you such as transportation or your own child’s class(es), you will be contacted by the District.

While I fully understand you would like additional details, we are not permitted by privacy laws to identify the student involved. We have provided as much information as possible. Anyone with questions and/or who needs to report a COVID-19 related health issue should contact the district’s COVID-19 Resource Person at (COVIDreporting@hoosickfallscsd.org). In these challenging times, rest assured that the District’s priority is protecting the health, welfare, and safety of students and staff while complying with any government orders and guidance related to the opening of schools.

I appreciate your understanding of the situation.
 
Sincerely,
Patrick Dailey

Original update:

The Hoosick Falls Central School District was informed on Monday morning that a High School student has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Rensselaer County Health Department has indicated that any siblings or contacts of the student have been advised to quarantine through October 9 as a precaution. The Department of Health will be contacting all students that had contact with the individual. As a precautionary measure, the District will be closed tomorrow (Tuesday, September 29) to clean the entire building.

More information will be sent home and posted on the school website and social media.

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