Dec. 7: GHS Cases + WES Grade 5 Transitioning to All-Remote Learning

Over the weekend and today, the district learned of six positive COVID-19 cases. Below is a breakdown of the location of these school community members:

  • Three individuals from Farnsworth Middle School. FMS Principal Mike Laster is following the Albany County Department of Health guidelines to determine who needs to quarantine, and he is reaching out to those individuals. The department of health should be following up with them as well. As a result of the need for several faculty to quarantine, all faculty, staff and students in the Westmere 5th-Grade Wing will shift to remote-only instruction starting tomorrow, Dec. 8, and will resume in-person instruction on Tuesday, Dec. 15. All other FMS students and staff, who are not otherwise quarantined, will continue with in-person instruction during this time.
  • Three individuals from the Guilderland High School community. GHS principal Mike Piscitelli has contacted all individuals who need to quarantine. The department of health should be following up with them.

Please know that we are following safety protocols and procedures and continue to closely monitor our capacity to provide in-person instruction, safely. Even in the midst of an uptick in cases, it still appears that transmission does not happen in school, but there is no doubt that what happens outside of school affects us profoundly.

Please remember to complete the daily health screening before sending your child to school. If your child has symptoms of COVID-19, please do not send your child to school and contact your health care provider and school nurse as soon as possible. You can find more information about protocols for returning to school here on the district website.

You can reach out to your building principal if you have questions about the district’s health and safety procedures. You can contact the Albany County Department of Health at (518) 447-4580 for inquiries related to testing procedures

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