Dear Parents and Caregivers,
A member of the Sherburne-Earlville Central School District community has tested positive for COVID-19, the district learned late in the afternoon on October 3, 2020.
We worked closely with the Chenango County Health Department to help it trace the contacts this person had in our school building. At this time, our local health department is advising a small number of people in our school community who had close contact with the individual to take a precautionary quarantine unless symptoms develop and/or be tested due to the risk of transmission being minimal. Our school staff followed COVID-19 protocols at all times, in accordance with the district’s safety plan, and this helped greatly limit the number of individuals who had contact with the person who tested positive. Within two hours, our local health department, working with our school staff, successfully conducted all necessary contact tracing within our school community.
At this time, following the Chenango County Health Department recommendations, our district remains open with our in-person, hybrid instruction model. Our Reopening Plan is designed to reduce risk. We cannot eliminate all risk, especially outside of our school building. However, because so many of the three “Ws” in our plan – Wear your mask, Wash your hands, Watch your distance – are being followed by the school community, our local health department said the risk of secondary infections is extremely low. In addition, because our Reopening Plan tightly controls how many students and staff are in one location at any one time, health officials were able to act quickly and complete contact tracing.
A COVID screening is done for all students and staff members prior to the start of the school day and this will continue. Parents and staff are asked to complete the form at home before they come to school. We check all responses every morning and re-screen temperatures for all students and staff upon arrival. Your cooperation with this screening and with our COVID mitigation policies has been greatly appreciated and has helped lead to a safer school environment.
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. We cannot identify anyone who has tested positive.
Since the start of the school year, the district has been thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting all portions of our school building that are in use by students and staff, in accordance with guidance from the New York State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. For details about our cleaning procedures, COVID prevention policies, screening process, testing and more, please refer to our Reopening Plan.
Any additional questions, including information about testing procedures, can be directed to the Chenango County Health Department at (607) 337-1660.
Robert G. Berson
Superintendent of Schools