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Nov. 9 | Two Individuals in Voorheesville School Community Test Positive for COVID-19

Dear VCSD Families:

The district learned Monday morning, November 9, that a member of the Clayton A. Bouton High School community and a member of the Voorheesville Elementary School community tested positive for COVID-19. Both cases are not connected to one another. 

For the High School case, the district has been working closely with the Albany County Department of Health to carefully complete each step in this process. Any students or staff members who are considered a “close” or “proximate” contact with this individual will be contacted by representatives of the New York State Department of Health to discuss if/how long they should self-quarantine and other related instructions. These contacts usually occur within the first 24/48  hours of notification of a positive case from the New York State Department of Health. 

Students who are directed to quarantine will work with their teacher on assignments during their quarantine period until they are cleared to return to campus for in-person instruction. The teacher will reach out with more information. Currently, Clayton A. Bouton High School remains open for in-person instruction for all other students and staff.

The second case is an individual at Voorheesville Elementary School. This case is considered a very low risk of exposure and, per Albany County Department of Health, will not require any quarantining of pods/staff in the building. 

For both cases, we immediately contacted the Albany County Department of Health, and are working closely with the Albany County Department of Health to identify the extent of all individuals’ contacts at the school. 

If you are not contacted but would like to be tested out of an abundance of caution, please reach out to your healthcare provider or visit the New York State COVID-19 web page to find a testing location near you. 

This message is not meant to alarm you. We know it is important to keep you informed during these uncertain times while also respecting the federal and state laws that prohibit the release of confidential medical information. 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.

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. 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 continue to conduct at-home screenings and maintain personal awareness of COVID symptoms for your children.  These screening and maintaining an awareness of symptoms greatly reduces the possibility of large-scale quarantines/spread of COVID. 

The district continues to follow all prevention protocols in accordance with guidelines from the New York State Department of Health and CDC -- this includes a thorough cleaning and disinfecting of all school buildings.

We will continue to work with the Albany County Department of Health and will communicate any necessary updates. 

Any additional questions, including information about testing procedures, can be directed to the district office at (518) 765-3313 or the Albany County Health Department at (518) 447-4580.

Sincerely,

Frank Macri
Superintendent