Two test positive, schools open for in-person learning Nov. 16

This weekend, the Goshen Central School District learned about two new positive cases of COVID-19. A teacher at Scotchtown Avenue Elementary School and a student at Goshen High School have both tested positive.

The Scotchtown Avenue teacher was in quarantine and was not on school grounds during the infectious period; therfore, officials at the Orange County Department of Health (OCDOH) have determined that there was no threat of exposure to students and employees.

The high school student is a hybrid learner but has been learning remotely since early November after another member of the household tested positive. Because the high school student was not on school grounds during the infectious period, there is no threat of exposure to students or employees.

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.

I would also like to remind our families that schools will reopen for in-person learning on Monday, Nov. 16, with the exception of fourth grade students who will return on Thursday, Nov. 19 (the first day after the completion of the OCDOH’s required quarantine), AND any students or employees who were previously notified to quarantine because of direct contact with infected individuals. Please note that the Orange County Department of Health requires that any school employee or student must obtain a letter of clearance from their health care provider before returning to school/work.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact your building administrators or school nurse. Please stay well, continue to socially distance and wear a mask, and keep all of our unwell Goshen family members in your thoughts.

Sincerely,

Daniel Connor
Superintendent of Schools