Second Student Tests Positive For COVID-19, Transition To Remote Learning Underway
The South Seneca Central School District is moving to remote learning for the remainder of the week.
The district already had a scheduled day off on Friday, but the announcement came after another student tested positive for the Coronavirus.
It was the second such test the district had received this year.
Early dismissal was taking place on Tuesday, to get students back to their homes. Officials said in a post to Facebook that students would learn remotely on Wednesday and Thursday.
At this point, it’s unclear if the parade that was scheduled for Senior Games on Friday can continue.
The positive test came from the high school. “Our student is among the minority of high schoolers who attends four days a week, and the last attendance day for this student was Friday, October 16th,” the District said in a letter to the community.
“As with the case we learned about last week, we are collaborating with the Health Department to facilitate contact tracing and any necessary quarantines. We also collaborate with the Department to make determinations about any closures that might be appropriate,” the letter continued. “Anyone who is to complete required steps as result of potential exposure is being contacted by the Health Department or by the school district for instructions.”
Officials said that in this case, members of the household have regular attendance in both buildings operated by the district.
“We will revisit our status with more information later this week to make a determination about returning to in-person instruction next week,” the District continued. “Out of an abundance of caution the health department advised an early dismissal for the middle and high school, which will follow for a slightly early dismissal in Interlaken.”
“We join all our colleagues, both in the school setting and out, to continue to urge everyone to take the risks associated with the pandemic seriously, and to do all you can to minimize your own chances of exposure to the virus,” the district said. “This includes diligent wearing of face coverings in public spaces, attention to social distancing, and good regular hand hygiene. Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation.”