Feb. 9 Update: Two New Cases

Please see a message from Superintendent Dr. Marie Wiles:

Dear GCSD Families,

I’m writing to provide a few updates and reminders. Please see below:

New Case and Notifications Over Winter Break

Today, the district learned of one new positive COVID-19 case connected to Guilderland High School. GHS Principal Michael Piscitelli is following Albany County Department of Health guidelines to determine who needs to quarantine and he is contacting those individuals. The Department of Health should be following up with them as well.

As a reminder, next week during the winter break we will not send a daily notification of new cases. A summary of new cases for the week will be sent on Friday, Feb. 19; our regular updates will resume on Monday, Feb. 22. However, all new confirmed cases during break week will be reported to the NY COVID-19 Dashboard, and if contact tracing is required as a result of any new cases, we will contact those individuals directly. Also, if there is significant news or development that requires action, we will send an email, phone call, or text as needed.

BOE Meeting and Sports Update

Tonight the Board of Education will meet virtually at 7 p.m. Check here for a full Feb. 9 meeting agenda, which includes a program report on social-emotional learning and mental health services in the district, a review of the three budget thoughtexchanges, and more. The meeting will be live streamed to the GHS Media YouTube page, and the recording of the meeting will also be available in the same place.

Tonight the Board will also discuss and determine if winter higher-risk sports will be permitted in Guilderland. According to the NYSDOH Dashboard, Albany County’s seven-day rolling average infection rate is 3.8% which meets part of Albany County Department of Health’s criteria for these sports to begin.

Travel Outside of New York State Guidelines

With the school break approaching, please review the guidelines for travel outside of New York. Anyone traveling outside of the state (states that share a border are exempt) must quarantine for ten days or follow the outlined “test out” option.

If you have any questions, please contact your building principal. Thank you for your continued partnership and support.

Sincerely,

Dr. Marie Wiles
Superintendent of Schools

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