School continues as planned at Adirondack, some students may have to quarantine

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BOONVILLE — The Adirondack school district is continuing its daily schedule without changes following an announcement last week of a positive COVID-19 case, but some students may be subject to being quarantined.

District Superintendent Edward Niznik said in a letter Sunday to parents and guardians, “we are calling families now that need to follow quarantine orders for their child based on directives provided” by the Oneida County Health Department.

“The health department will be contacting you to explain what the quarantine requires to determine if you are having...symptoms of COVID-19. The quarantine period will be 14 days from the last contact,” said the letter, noting the health department had provided information to the district regarding the COVID-19 case and contact tracing procedures.

“The health department will inform you of that timeline, specific to your child. We will also be contacting those individuals who need to self-monitor. If you are not contacted by the health department or by the school district, your child may continue to attend school in-person per their regular schedule.”

The number of students affected by the quarantine instructions was not immediately available this morning from the district. The district’s educational schedule for the 2020-21 academic year includes a hybrid format combining in-person and remote instruction.

Niznik said in a previous letter Friday afternoon that an Adirondack district student had tested positive for COVID-19. That letter noted the contact tracing process identifies anyone who comes into close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

In his subsequent letter Sunday to parents/guardians, Niznik said, “please continue to monitor your child each day for symptoms of COVID-19 which include fever, loss of taste or smell, headache, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, fatigue, congestion, nausea or diarrhea.” He added the child’s healthcare provider should be contacted as soon as possible if COVID-19 symptoms develop, and the child’s school nurse should be contacted if the child tests positive for it.

“If we continue to practice proper hand hygiene, physical distancing and wearing face coverings, we will minimize risk of spread and exposure,” the letter said. “Safeguarding the health and safety of our schools starts with everyone. Please continue to practice safety precautions with fidelity so we reduce the chance of infection to others.”

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