Parents, Guardians and Community Members,
As a community, Hoosick Falls has experienced a significant number of positive COVID-19 cases over the past 10 days. Since December 2, the school district has had three students and four staff members test positive. There has been no spread of the virus within the school as all seven cases came from outside. The safety measures instituted have worked and contained the spread to other students and staff. This is not the case outside of the building.
The number of people quarantined from exposure to the virus has virtually eliminated the available pool of substitutes. In addition, the number of adults quarantined due to contact with positive individuals has reduced the ability of the school to effectively educate the children while in the building. We are not able to combine classes or share space as we have in the past. To this point, we have been able to contain the virus each time. With the number of positive cases continuing to increase, we do not want to subject the children or adults in the building to additional exposure.
The school has made the very difficult decision to close the building and pivot to 100% remote learning beginning this Monday, December 14. Until the number of positive cases significantly declines in the Hoosick Falls community, the school will continue remote learning. We cannot continue to expose children and staff members to the virus with new cases appearing daily in the community.
While the district is 100% remote and over the holidays, food delivery will continue on Monday and Wednesday each week. The delivery times will remain the same.
We will continue to monitor this situation on a daily basis and update the community as we receive additional information. Thank you for your understanding during these difficult times.