Dear Parents/Guardians:

The District was notified of two positive COVID-19 cases in our school community:

  • A district staff member – This individual has not been present in school since December 7th.
  • A high school student – The student is fully remote.

Any individuals who are required to quarantine in relation to these cases have been notified. If you were not contacted by a representative of the District or Department of Health, there is no further action needed on your part.

The Columbia County DOH has advised there is no impact on the in-person learning environment and operations at all schools can continue as usual. If anything changes, you will be notified as soon as possible.

We must continue working together to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Families and community members can assist our efforts by promoting healthy behaviors and following these practices:

  • Know the symptoms of COVID-19 and how to identify them in yourself and others. The DOH has indicated that loss of taste or smell may be a primary indicator of COVID-19 in asymptomatic individuals.
  • Stay home from school or work if sick, even if symptoms are mild.
  • Wear a face covering in areas where physical distancing is difficult to maintain.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue (or sleeve), and then throw the tissue in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid large group gatherings, especially where masks are not worn.

This notification to parents and guardians is part of our commitment to keep you informed about COVID-19 cases. The District continues to thoroughly clean and disinfect all buildings, even on weekends, in accordance with New York State Department of Health and CDC guidance.

If you have questions or need assistance, or if you need to report a COVID-19 related health issue, please contact the main office of your child’s school at 518-828-4360. We appreciate your cooperation and partnership in the interest of everyone’s health and safety.


Dr. Maria Lagana Suttmeier, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools