Today, Tuesday, Dec. 1, the Liberty Central School District received additional guidance from Sullivan County Public Health Services in response to an Elementary School staff member testing positive for COVID-19 over the Thanksgiving recess.
The district has been advised by Public Health Services that contact tracing should begin Nov. 24, the last day the individual who tested positive was on school grounds. As a result of contact tracing, the district found that students from nine classrooms and two additional staff members may have been in close contact with the individual who tested positive for COVID-19.
Parents and guardians of those students were contacted today by a building principal, administrator, or school nurse. The students were sent home prepared to learn remotely and will quarantine for 14 days, as per Health Department guidelines.
The two staff members who were in contact with the individual who tested positive for COVID-19 have also begun a 14-day quarantine period.
The district believes the quarantined students and staff members will return to school Dec. 9, but that date will ultimately be determined by the Department of Health.
Contact tracers from Sullivan County Public Health Services will also reach out to people at risk for contracting the coronavirus and advise them of what steps to take.
Privacy laws restrict the district from identifying anyone who has tested positive for the coronavirus. The health and safety of our students and staff is always our first priority, and we will continue to keep you informed.
Please contact your building administrators if you would like more information about our health and safety procedures. Questions about COVID-19 should be directed to your family physician or to Sullivan County Public Health Services at 845-292-5910.