Two students, not on campus since Oct. 2, test positive | No interruption to instruction | Risk of transmission deemed very low

The district has learned that two Liberty High School students have tested positive for COVID-19.

One of the students has not attended school in person this school year. The other student has not been on school grounds since Friday, Oct. 2, at which time the student was not considered by the Sullivan County Department of Health to be contagious.

The Department of Health confirmed the students’ positive test results on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

The DOH has assured the district that the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to any members of the Liberty school community was extremely low and they are not advising any other district individuals to quarantine or be tested. The students will remain in quarantine until they are released from quarantine by the Health Department.

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. If at any time a student or staff member has been exposed to COVID-19 they will be alerted by Sullivan County Department of Public Health contact tracers, who will advise them of what steps to take. 

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. Notifications are archived on this website’s Notification Notebook and reported to state and county dashboards. (Due to reporting criteria and timelines, some information on the two dashboards may differ slightly.)

All Liberty students are temperature checked upon arrival and staff members are screened for symptoms and risk factors at the start of each school day. 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.

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 administrators. 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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