We were notified this afternoon that a staff member at Stevens Elementary School has been confirmed positive for COVID-19. We’ve been in close contact with the Saratoga County Department of Health about the necessary steps we must take. Based on the DOH’s investigation and the fact that this individual hasn’t been in the building since Nov. 20, it has been determined that contract tracing is unnecessary, no one within the school is required to quarantine, and there is no need to close the building beyond the regularly scheduled Thanksgiving recess.
This notification is part of our commitment to keep you informed during these uncertain times. However, please know that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other privacy laws restrict district officials from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information. Therefore, we cannot identify by name anyone who has tested positive. The staff member who tested positive is in quarantine for the recommended time and will not return to in-person school until cleared by the Department of Health.
We will continue to work closely with our local Departments of Health and we will follow their guidance on how to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment. If you have questions regarding mandatory quarantine information or would like to talk with an individual from our local health departments, their hotline telephone numbers are: Saratoga County at (518) 885-2276 and Schenectady County at (518) 386-2824.
We cannot emphasize enough that we must all remain vigilant and follow the guidelines outside of school, this includes limiting group gatherings, practicing good hygiene, wearing masks and following social distance guidelines. Please continue to conduct at-home screenings and maintain personal awareness of COVID symptoms. Visit our website or contact your child’s school principal directly if you would like more information about our health and safety procedures.