Positive tests scuttle school in HP District cancels classes today after three students test positive for COVID; plans to reopen Monday

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HOLLAND PATENT — Due to three children testing positive for the COVID-19 virus, Holland Patent Central School shut down its entire campus Friday.

According to an announcement made by the school district via its Facebook social media page, one student each tested positive at the high school, middle school and Holland Patent Elementary.

The district was notified Thursday evening, according to the announcement, and shut down the campus as a precaution.

“All school buildings will be closed to students and staff today,” the announcement said. “Due to the late notice of this closure, today will be an emergency closure day and there will be no remote learning sessions. All district activities are also canceled until Monday, Sept. 28.”

District officials said they cannot provide any specific information regarding the students who tested positive.

“We can assure you that the health and safety of our students and staff is among our greatest priorities,” said the post. “The County Department of Health will contact anyone who may have been in close contact with these students. The district will use this closure as an opportunity to thoroughly clean and sanitize all buildings in preparation for reopening on Monday. This pandemic has brought on new challenges and we appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we rise to meet these challenges.”

Superintendent Jason Evangelist said he will be working closely with county Health Department officials today to see that schools re-open Monday.

“I’ll be speaking with the health department today, but (at least) right now, we’re planning to open Monday,” Evangelist said.

For updates, parents are advised to stay informed via the district’s website, www.hpschools.org or the school district Facebook page.

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