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Individual tests positive for COVID-19; grades 4-12 to go remote Jan. 11-15

Jan. 10, 2021

Dear Heatly families,

The Green Island Union Free School District has confirmed that a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual has been placed in isolation and will not return to a district building until they are cleared by the health department. The individual was last in the building on Tuesday, Jan. 5. 

We have been in contact with the Albany County Department of Health and identified the individual’s close contacts in the school community. Anyone who has been in close contact with this individual has been directly contacted by a school employee to discuss quarantine procedures and other health-related instructions. A call from the New York State Department of Health contact tracers will follow.

A number of individuals have been placed under a mandatory quarantine. This has created a health and safety issue at the 4-12 level. As a result, students in grades 4-12 will go fully remote Jan. 11-15. The earliest students in grades 4-12 would return to in-person instruction is Tuesday, Jan. 19 because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 18.

Students in grades Pre-K-3 and students who receive services from Mrs. Pelletier, Ms. Lanoue and Ms. Oakes will continue to attend school in person and are expected to report to school tomorrow. 

All students should continue to complete the daily health attestation, including those who are remote this week. Even though some students may be temporarily remote learning, we are required to continue to track those under COVID protocol.

Students are expected to log in and follow their daily schedule each day during the remote period. 

In the event you are in need of meals from the school this week, please fill out this form by 10 a.m. tomorrow (Monday, Jan. 11) to be added to the delivery list. Deliveries will be distributed on Monday and Thursday this week. 

While we understand that you would like additional details, we are not permitted by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other privacy laws to identify students or staff members involved. 

As a reminder, each of our school buildings are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected each evening in accordance with guidance from the CDC and the New York State Department of Health.

We continue to work closely with the Albany County Department of Health and we will follow their guidance on how to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Nurse Valentine or me.

Sincerely,

Kimberly Ross
Superintendent of Schools