This afternoon, Monday, November 30, 2020, the Canajoharie Central School District received confirmation that a member of our East Hill elementary school community has tested positive for COVID-19. Upon receiving the information, district officials immediately contacted the Department of Health.
We have provided the Department of Health with the names and numbers of anyone exposed to the person. All potential exposures will be contacted by the Department of Health and directed to quarantine. If you have not been contacted this evening then you are not someone who was potentially exposed. Keep in mind that potential exposure is a precautionary measure and does not mean that someone has or will contract COVID-19.
The entire school building will be cleaned and disinfected. At this time, East Hill elementary school is permitted to remain open per the Montgomery County Department of Health recommendations. This is permitted because our reopening procedures and protocols limit exposure and the number of individuals being asked to quarantine is low.
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. All in all, we have had a great re-opening of our schools and this is a course of action we have readily planned for.
We will continue to keep the community abreast of any changes if the need arises.
Dr. Nick Fitzgerald
Superintendent of Schools