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Red Jacket HS student tests positive for COVID-19

The Red Jacket school district notified families on Tuesday that a student at the high school tested positive for COVID-19.

“This morning we were notified that one of our high school students tested positive for COVID-19. The student was last in school on Tuesday, November 17. The Ontario County Department of Public Health was notified by the District, this morning, after the parent reported the positive case to our school nurse,” the District said in a statement.

“taff and parents of students, who were in contact with the student, were notified and will quarantine per the Department of Public Health’s guidelines. These students will engage in online instruction until they are no longer required to quarantine. Our District is continuing to work closely with Public Health to assist with their contact tracing efforts. If you have not been contacted, no action is required on your part. Other than those who have been notified, there will be no impact to in-person instruction at this time.”

It’s the third case overall for the school district. Officials said that disinfection and cleaning had made the school a safe environment to begin with. However, as cases continue to increase in the region — the District said it expects more.

Masks will be worn at all times moving forward:

– except while eating in the cafeteria, and
– when specific, short (no more than 2 minutes) staggered (hourly) mask breaks are given by supervising staff, and while everyone is seated in a space.