On Nov. 10, the Goshen Central School District learned that two Goshen High School students have tested positive for COVID-19.
One of the infected students attends Orange-Ulster BOCES and is a remote student at Goshen High School. The Department of Health will conduct contact tracing for individuals at O-U BOCES who may be at-risk of exposure; however, there is no need to conduct contact tracing for the high school campus since the student has not attended the school building this school year.
The second student is a hybrid student at Goshen High School. Students or staff members who have been in close contact with this individual will be directly contacted by district staff and the Orange County Department of Health. Those who are at risk of exposure should expect a call from staff members who will inform them of the exposure and remind them to stay home from school, and then expect a call from the Orange County Department of Health who will provide detailed instructions about self-quarantine and other health-related instructions.
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.
At this time, our schools are closed for in-person instruction. Schools will reopen on Monday, Nov. 16, for in-person learning with the exception of fourth grade students and teachers, who will return on Wednesday, Nov. 18 (the end of their Orange County of Health’s required quarantine period), and any students or employees who were notified by district staff and/or the department of health to quarantine because of direct contact with infected individuals.
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. 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.
Superintendent of Schools