SAS student tests positive, closes for in-person learning until 11/16

This post was updated at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8.

This update was posted at 5:14 p.m. Nov. 8. All families and employees were emailed and Scotchtown Avenue families and employees were also sent a text message. 

Late this afternoon, district officials learned that a student at Scotchtown Avenue Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19.

After closely consulting with officials from the Orange County Department of Health, district administrators have decided to close the Scotchtown Avenue Elementary School for in-person learning until Monday, Nov. 16. All students in grades K-2 will learn remotely during that time. Please look for specific instructions from building administrators and/or your child’s teacher(s).

Update: In addition, Goshen Intermediate School, C. J. Hooker Middle School and Goshen High School are also closed until Nov. 16 due to staffing and substitute teacher shortages.

Please note that any students or staff members who have been in close contact with the infected student will be directly contacted by district staff and/or the Orange County Department of Health (OCDOH) to discuss self-quarantine and other health-related instructions. Students who are directed to self-quarantine will learn remotely until their quarantine has ended and they are cleared to return to campus for in-person instruction.

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. We cannot identify anyone who has tested positive.

We continue to work closely with the Orange County Department of Health and follow their guidance on how to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment. The most important things you and your child can do:

  • Wear a mask.
  • Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Keep your child home if sick.
  • Contact your primary care physician if your child displays symptoms of COVID-19.

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

Sincerely,

Daniel T. Connor
Superintendent of Schools