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DISTRICT-WIDE SCHOOL CLOSURE
Posted On:
Thursday, January 21, 2021
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On January 22, 2021, the District learned that eight individuals in the Elementary School and four in the High School have tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals will have to quarantine and be cleared by the Department of Health before returning to school.

We continue to work closely with Warren County Health Departments on contact tracing efforts with today’s positive cases. Those in close proximity will be directly contacted by a school administrator to discuss quarantine procedures and other health-related instructions. Please note that The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other privacy laws restrict us from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information. We cannot identify anyone who has tested positive.

District-Wide School Closure

The District has confirmed a staggering 29 positive COVID-19 cases this past week. Starting Monday, January 25, 2021, we will be conducting a district-wide building closure, K-12. Students will attend classes virtually during those school days. 

The District will reassess the decision to reopen the Elementary and High School buildings at the end of next week. We will update families accordingly and base our decision upon whether or not we see a decrease in positive COVID-19 cases in our district and if it is safe to reopen.

It is imperative to remind our families of the importance of remaining vigilant with safety precautions not only on campus but at home as well. We must keep in mind that the consequences of our actions continue to impact our school community. 

Through contact tracing, it has become apparent that nearly all of the cases we have encountered this school year have been due to social situations outside of school (birthday parties, sleepovers, social gatherings.) While we can safely control the spread of COVID-19 during the school day by wearing masks, social distancing, and not sharing school materials, our efforts can only go as far as to prevent the spread during the school day. Our school community needs to work together both at school and at home on mitigating the spread of this highly contagious virus. 

We are approaching nearly ten months of having to navigate our day-to-day lives while avoiding the risk of spreading COVID-19. We understand the fatigue that this pandemic has caused for many families and we too look forward to creating a sense of normalcy, especially if that means being able to work with our students in-person, every day. However, for us to remain open for in-person education, it is important to note that our school community must navigate this school year as a team, working in unison to ensure the health and safety of our students are at our highest priority. 

While this district-wide school closure may be frustrating to students, staff, and families, it is a direct result of our efforts in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 as a Hadley-Luzerne community. 

 

On-Campus Testing

During this upcoming week, we encourage you to monitor any symptoms your child may have and to get a COVID-19 test, should symptoms arise. We would also like to remind families that our in-house Hudson Headwaters Health Facility can provide rapid, 15-minute testing, should you want to get your child(ren) tested.

Please feel free to contact your child’s school office if you have any questions.  As always, we will inform you if there are any new cases within our district. 

Sincerely,

Beecher T. Baker Sr.,

Superintendent of Schools