Weekly COVID Update 3-20-2021

Weekly COVID Update 3-20-2021
Posted on 03/29/2021

The Hoosic Valley Central School District had one member of our school community test positive for COVID-19 this past week. The individual is in isolation. Any individuals that were in close or proximate contact with the case were quarantined, and the mandatory quarantine was managed by the school COVID Coordinator in conjunction with the Rensselaer County Health Department.

The health and safety of the students, teachers and staff in our school community remains our top priority.

By continuing to practice social distancing, proper mask-wearing, handwashing and disinfecting both in school and in the larger community, we will continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic together.

Please remember that we require proper-fitting, double layer masks to be worn to school. Please discuss with your student the importance of wearing their mask over their mouth and nose. (Gaiters and bandanas are not allowed.)

We continue to get updated guidance from the NYS Health Department about quarantine requirements. We are still waiting for the NYSDOH to adopt the changes to the travel guidelines for 4/1 as previously mentioned by the governor. You may not need to quarantine after travel if you are fully vaccinated, or if they change the guidance for domestic travel. (Quarantine after international travel will still be required.)

Quarantine after domestic travel is still advised as a precaution, and you will need to fill out the Traveler Health Form on Return to New York State.

Notify the COVID Coordinator if you plan to travel, so you can be kept updated with the requirements for your situation and you or your student can be cleared to return to school.

Regardless of whether you are required to quarantine, it is still important that anyone (even if vaccinated) who is displaying symptoms stay home and be cleared before returning to school.

We still have COVID cases in our community, and a common thing that we hear from positive cases is that it "feels like seasonal allergies" or "It's just a cold." If you or your student displays any symptoms, even mild ones, stay home/keep them home and follow up with your primary care provider or get tested. Be sure to be cleared by the COVID Coordinator before returning to school.

Please encourage your student to continue to practice social distancing and mask-wearing outside of school any time they are in a public setting or visiting with friends.

All students and employees must continue to:

  • Monitor for any symptoms. If symptomatic, stay home and call the school nurse or COVID Coordinator.
  • Practice frequent hand washing.
  • Wear a face mask while in school, at school events or after-school activities, in public, or in close proximity to another individual. 

If your student develops symptoms, takes a COVID test, or tests positive, please contact Michelle Przedwiecki, MPH, the COVID Coordinator at 753-4458 x2112 or mprzedwiecki@hoosicvalley.org.

Please note that privacy laws restrict us from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information. We cannot and will not identify anyone who has tested positive.

We cannot emphasize enough the importance of continuing to be conscientious and careful outside of the school to ensure your student’s health and safety.

We continue to work closely with the Rensselaer County Department of Health and follow their guidance. Thank you all for your cooperation during this uncertain time.

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