December 30, 2020
Dear Canajoharie School District Community;
On Tuesday, December 29, 2020, the Canajoharie Central School District received confirmation that a member of our middle school community has tested positive for COVID-19. Upon receiving the information, district officials immediately contacted the Department of Health and the people who were infected.
Due to the timing of the case, there is minimal contact tracing. Anyone that will have to quarantine has been contacted already. Keep in mind that a potential exposure is a precautionary measure and does not mean that someone has or will contract COVID-19.
As I mentioned in the previous letter, moving forward please follow up with the two things mentioned below. First, if you are being tested for COVID-19 please contact your respective school to make sure the nurse has the information about the testing date, possible symptoms and most importantly the results (positive or negative). The school will need a copy of the testing results in order to return to school and to also start contact tracing for people who may be potential exposures. Timing is imperative if you receive a positive test. Second, if your child(ren) has any COVID-19 symptoms, please keep them home from school, and if they persist for more than 24 hours contact your family physician.
This notification is part of our commitment to keeping you informed during these uncertain times. However, privacy laws restrict officials from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information. Therefore, we cannot identify by name who has tested positive. We understand that this information will cause consternation for some, and assure you that the safety and well being of our students and staff is our highest priority. Thank you and have a safe and great New Year.
Dr. Nick Fitzgerald
Superintendent of Schools