LES student tests positive for COVID-19 | School expected to remain open

A Liberty Elementary School student has tested positive for COVID-19, and one LES classroom will go to remote learning for two weeks while the student’s classmates and several teachers are in quarantine as directed by the Sullivan County Department of Health.

The district learned late Friday, Oct. 16 that the student, who was last in school Wednesday, Oct. 14, had tested positive. The teacher and students in the affected classroom were immediately contacted by district officials.

The student also rode the Brown Sneaker bus on the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 13 and the afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 14. The parents/guardians of students who were on that bus were also contacted.

Over the next few days, contact tracers from Sullivan County Public Health Services will also contact anyone deemed at risk or in close or prolonged contact with the student who tested positive for COVID-19 and will advise them of what steps to take.

At this time, all other Liberty Elementary students are expected to continue to attend in-person classes as scheduled, and the Middle and High School both remain open. However, additional measures may be required as details emerge, and we will follow the advice of health officials.

We will keep the community informed via our mass messaging system and the district’s website.

Liberty Elementary School is divided into small Learning Pods, and interactions are limited to students within their Pods. This Learning Pod system enables health officials and district leadership to readily identify individuals who may be exposed.

The health and safety of our students and staff is always our first priority, and we will continue to keep you informed. Health notifications about COVID-19 are posted on the district website and sent directly to Liberty staff and families.

Details about our health, safety, and sanitizing protocols can be found in the Liberty Central School District Reopening Plan, which is posted on the district website. Privacy laws restrict the district from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information and we cannot identify anyone who has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Please also refer to the PreK-Grade 12 COVID-19 Toolkit for guidance from the New York State Department of Health about when to stay home and when, after a COVID-19 diagnosis, your student can return to school.

If you would like more information about our health and safety procedures please contact your building principal. Any additional questions, including information about testing procedures, should be directed to Sullivan County Public Health Services at 845-292-5910.

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