CJH COVID-19 UPDATE: Grade 7 to learn remotely until Nov. 16

This update was posted at 12:07 p.m. Nov. 5 and emailed to grade 7 families.

Yesterday, the Goshen Central School District learned that a member of the C. J. Hooker Middle school tested positive for COVID-19. Please note that The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other privacy laws restrict us from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information for anyone who has tested positive.

The district has worked closely with the Orange County Department of Health (OCDOH) to notify anyone who may have been in direct contact with the infected individuals about how long they need to self-quarantine and when they can return to the building. As you know, the middle school — as well as our three other schools — are closed today and tomorrow for sanitizing and deep cleaning. Remote learning for all students K-12 will take place during the building closures.

Today, district officials are working on staffing plans for when our students return for in-person learning on Monday, Nov. 9. Unfortunately, there appears to be a shortage of available instructional staff and substitute teachers to accommodate our students. Therefore, after further discussion and consultation with the OCDOH, district officials have decided that seventh grade students and Core (academic) teachers will switch to remote learning until the 14-day self-quarantine period has ended.

Again, seventh grade students and teachers will continue live teaching remote learning until Monday, November 16, when in-person learning will resume for these students. Further instruction will be provided by your child’s teachers.

We apologize that this information was not readily available yesterday when the positive case was first reported. Please recognize that these things may take time as new information unfolds; we are working closely with the department of health to ensure the safety and protection of our families and employees, and we want to be as thorough as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact your building administrators. Please join me in wishing a speedy and full recovery to our unwell Goshen family members.

Sincerely,

Daniel T. Connor
Superintendent of Schools