Student in Adirondack district tests positive; no change in school schedules next week

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BOONVILLE — An Adirondack school district student has tested positive for COVID-19, district Superintendent Edward Niznik said Friday afternoon.

In a letter issued to the “Adirondack community” including parents and health department representatives, Niznik said the district “received confirmation from the Oneida County Department of Health that one of our students has tested positive for COVID-19.”

The district is working in collaboration with the health department, which is “performing contact tracing process pursuant to their protocols,” said Niznik’s letter, adding the process identifies anyone who comes into close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

Health department officials “will communicate with any students or staff found to be in close contact with a positive case,” the letter said. “If you are contacted by Oneida/Lewis County Department of Health, please follow their recommendations.”

The Adirondack district is at the northern edge of Oneida County, and is bordered by Lewis County.

The district was in session Friday as scheduled, with no shutdowns, according to the district office. At this point there is no change in what is scheduled next week, according to the office.

Niznik’s letter further said “the district continues to follow the procedures and protocols to ensure the health and safety of the students and employees, and will work closely with the Oneida/Lewis County Department of health. Social distancing protocols and disinfecting measures continue to be in place. Additionally, extra cleaning has occurred in the areas frequented by the student/staff member.”

The letter concluded “we will continue to work together to ensure the safety of our students and staff.”

The Adirondack district’s educational program for the 2020-21 academic year has included a hybrid format combining in-person and remote instruction for students.

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