Dear FFCS families:
Today, the district was informed of a positive test for COVID-19 for a member of the Fonda-Fultonville High School community. However, based on when the individual was last in school, public health has indicated that there is no need for contact tracing from the school setting or for any other member of the school community to quarantine. The individual was last in the building on Nov. 16. The public health department has advised us that no one on campus is at risk in connection with this positive case.
Based on the DOH’s investigation, it is not being recommended that we close the school. Therefore, the high school will remain open for in-person instruction. The district is implementing deep cleaning and disinfection of any potentially impacted areas, above and beyond our established protocols, in accordance with CDC and DOH guidelines. We will continue to work closely with them and follow guidance from all public health agencies on maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other privacy laws restrict the district from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information and we cannot identify anyone who has tested positive. The individual who tested positive is in quarantine for the recommended time and will not return to school until cleared by the Department of Health.
We again remind you that we are following all of the necessary health and safety precautions outlined in our reopening plan, including mask-wearing, social distancing and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting. We will continue to work in close partnership with our public health partners.
Please continue to 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.
In these challenging times, rest assured that the district’s priority is protecting the health, welfare, and safety of students and staff while complying with state education and department of health guidance related to the opening of schools. Please know that we are here for all of you and our students, and we remain committed to taking all necessary health and safety precautions as we navigate this situation as a community. We appreciate your support, cooperation and partnership.
Superintendent of Schools