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The following message was emailed to all Ichabod Crane families on Thursday, October 29. Please carefully review this information as it contains important details on new positive COVID-19 cases and student schedules starting Friday, October 30.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Today we received an update from the Columbia County Department of Health confirming that three of the direct contacts to the positive COVID-19 case at the Primary School have tested positive. We have confirmed there was one positive student in the middle school and two positive students in the high school. After working with the DOH on the contact tracing and last dates of exposure the following plans have been developed for each school building: 

Primary School: 

The Primary School will continue to be open for in-person learning. Fully remote students should also plan to continue as normal. All contacts of the positive case have been placed under mandatory quarantine and will remain so until cleared to return to school.   

Middle School:     

The Middle School will reopen for in-person learning beginning Friday, October 30. All Group B (Thursday-Friday) students should plan to return to school under the normal building schedule beginning tomorrow (10/30) and moving forward.  All contacts of the newly identified positive case have been placed under mandatory quarantine and will remain so until cleared to return to school. 

High School: 

The High School will remain on full remote learning through and including Friday, November 6th with a return to our in-person/hybrid model on Monday, November 9th.  All CTE, New Visions and out of District placed students should plan to attend their programs as usual.  Due to the two new positive cases at the High School, twenty-five staff members are currently under mandatory quarantine. At this time, we are fortunate that none of the staff members are exhibiting symptoms and faculty under quarantine will continue to teach remotely from their homes. With this level of impact to the High School staffing, we are unable to reopen the building until the mandatory quarantine period has ended. Thus, we look forward to reopening our doors for our Group A High School Students on November 9th.     

I know I speak on behalf of the entire District when I say we are all thinking of the members of our school community who have tested positive or have been exposed and we are hoping for a healthy, speedy and safe return to school.

Thank you all again for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate these challenges together.

Be well,

Suzanne Guntlow
Ichabod Crane Central School District