The following message was emailed to all Ichabod Crane families on the evening of Sunday, October 25.
Dear Parents & Guardians,
This evening the district was notified by the Columbia County Department of Health (DOH) that a student in the Primary School has tested positive for COVID-19.
We are currently working closely with the DOH who will be taking the lead role in a complete contact tracing investigation to determine any potential contacts the student may have had both in and outside of school. The DOH or a district administrator will directly contact those who may have been exposed within the next 24 hours. In the event you are contacted by a representative of the DOH, please offer your complete cooperation so we can isolate any potential ongoing exposure.
To err on the side of extreme caution we have decided to have all K-12 students stay home tomorrow, Monday, October 26, until the DOH completes their contact tracing investigation. Although the positive case is in the Primary School, we are closing all buildings while we identify all associations of the positive student including siblings.
This means the following for tomorrow (October 26):
- Grade 4-12 Students will have a full remote learning day. Attendance will be taken in all classes virtually as normal. Building principals will email students about their schedules for tomorrow.
- Grades K-3 Students will have no school since at this time district devices are not yet available for remote learning in those grades.
- Transportation will be provided as normal for all out of district bus runs including Tech Valley and New Visions.
- Students who attend Questar III CTE Programs will not be permitted to go to Questar. These students will still need to attend Ichabod Crane classes remotely.
Due to privacy requirements, we cannot divulge any further information about any individual who is currently quarantined or has a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Please be assured that we will not reopen any of the school buildings until we are 100% sure the DOH has completed their contact tracing investigation and until impacted areas of the buildings undergo a complete deep cleaning/disinfection. Any individuals identified as contacts will only be allowed to return to the school buildings once their quarantine period is completed and they are cleared by the DOH. We will be in regular communication with the DOH to assist them as needed with their contact tracing investigation and to determine how we will proceed on Tuesday, October 27th. Additional information will be released tomorrow.
We ask that all school families, students and staff members continue following all safety guidelines outside of school hours, including wearing masks when in public, social distancing, limiting group gatherings and practicing good hygiene.
As always, the health and safety of students and staff is the top priority and we appreciate your continued support during these unprecedented times.
Thank you and remember you can always find the latest district information on our Reopening Information & Updates page (www.ichabodcrane.org/district/school-reopening-updates/).