Positive COVID-19 Case at Holley Elementary School

December 3, 2020

Dear Holley Central School District Families and Staff,

This letter is to inform you that a Holley Elementary student has tested positive for COVID-19. The last day this student was in school was Tuesday, December 1. The district is unable to legally disclose any additional details or personal identifiable information about this student per the federal privacy laws.

The district has cooperated with the Department of Health (DOH) in their efforts to conduct contact tracing. Since this student was in school within two days of testing positive, the cohort of students (Red Hawks) and teacher of this student’s classroom, have all been quarantined by the Health Department. We were able to contact all those involved with this particular student and classroom to alert them of this case and situation of quarantining. Therefore, if you haven’t been contacted, there’s no need for any action to be taken at this time. The White Hawks cohort of this particular classroom will continue to be allowed to attend school in-person this week on Friday, Dec. 4, and next week on Thursday (Dec. 10) and Friday (Dec. 11), since they’ve had no contact with the student who tested positive. If the DOH indicates there is anything further that needs to occur at the school building or district level given this particular situation, we will keep you updated.

On Nov. 27, I emailed a communication about the district sending out a survey (consent form) to ask parents to provide consent for COVID-19 testing in school. On Nov. 30, the Governor has changed the conditions of testing in various zones, and we still haven’t received any indication that we will be in a zone to test. Therefore, we have held off on sending out the survey (consent form), until we have more specifics about the new testing requirements. Once we have that updated information, we will send out the consent form.

Please remember that a student who exhibits any COVID-19 symptoms and/or has been tested for COVID-19 should not be reporting to school until cleared by a medical professional and/or have a negative test result. Also, please contact your child’s school if you have been notified that he/she has been placed on mandatory quarantine by the Health Department due to a close contact, so we can plan accordingly. If you have questions, please contact your child’s medical provider or a school nurse.  

Thank you for your continued efforts to remain safe.

Brian Bartalo
Superintendent of Schools

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