COVID cases nearly double at VCSD over Christmas break

NEW SCOTLAND — The Voorheesville Central School District on Monday evening notified parents of six new COVID-19 cases that it learned of over the Christmas break.

This is on top of the seven cases the district announced over the school holiday.

Three individuals associated with the high school, two with the elementary school, and one with the middle school tested positive for the virus between Dec. 23 and Jan. 4, according to the district.

The letter states, “All schools will remain open for in-person instruction.”

There are approximately 1,200 students in the district.

Over Christmas break, the district notified parents on Dec. 26, 28, 29, and 30, about new positive cases. 

On Dec. 26, parents were told it was an employee in the transportation department who had tested positive, and that the district had been “working with the Albany County Department of Health on contact-tracing. The Albany County Department of Health will reach out to all contacts and advise on the need to quarantine.”

On Dec. 28, it was two cases: someone from the elementary school and another transportation-department employee. The incidents did not seem to be connected, the district said, adding again that it was working with the county’s health department on contract-tracing and that the department would “reach out to all contacts and advise on the need to quarantine.”

On Dec. 29, parents were notified of an individual associated with the middle school who tested positive for COVID-19, and explicitly stated that it was “working with the Albany County Department of Health on contact tracing,” and the department would “reach out to all [those] contacts and advise on the quarantine’s need/length.”

On Dec. 30, three more positive cases were reported: one at the elementary school; one at the high school; and another in the transportation department.

No mention on contract-tracing was made in the Dec. 30 announcement.

Voorheesville had to go all-remote the last day of school before Christmas break, Wednesday, Dec. 23, after the district was notified of positive COVID-19 case that involved “an individual in our transportation department that could have a significant impact on staffing and our ability to operate our buildings,” the letter to parents said. 


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