Late this morning, school officials were informed that a Stevens Elementary School staff member tested positive for COVID-19. The individual has not been in school since Friday, Oct. 2, and was not exposed to the COVID-19 virus until sometime after the individual left school on Oct. 2.
BH-BL’s COVID-19 Coordinator and school leaders have been working closely with officials at the Saratoga County Department of Health as they implement their contact tracing protocols. The Department of Health (DOH) will reach out to all contacts and advise on the need to isolate, if necessary, and to arrange testing of those potentially exposed. However, given the fact that the staff member has been out of school since before the exposure to the virus, DOH officials have indicated it is unlikely there would be a need to quarantine students or other staff.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other privacy laws restrict school district officials from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information. Thus, we cannot identify by name anyone who has tested positive. The staff member who tested positive is in isolation and will not return to school until cleared by the DOH.
This notification to parents and our community at large is part of our commitment to keep you informed during these uncertain times. Currently, all of our school buildings remain open for in-person instruction. We will continue to work closely with our local Departments of Health and will follow their guidance on how to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment.
Please continue to conduct at-home screenings and maintain personal awareness of COVID symptoms for your children. Visit the Reopening Schools section on our website or contact your child’s school principal directly if you would like more information about our health and safety procedures.