Nov. 20: Confirmed cases of COVID-19 at GHS, SAS

We were notified today that two members of the Goshen Central School District family have tested positive for COVID-19: one from Goshen High School and one from Scotchtown Avenue Elementary School. Both individuals were last in their high school and elementary school on Monday, November 16, within his/her infectious periods and the school was notified today.

Any students or staff members who have been in close contact with these individuals have been directly contacted by district staff and/or the Orange County Department of Health (OCDOH) to discuss how long they should self-quarantine and other health-related instructions.

Students who have been directed to self-quarantine will temporarily switch to online learning until their quarantine has ended and they are cleared to return to campus for in-person instruction.

This message is not meant to alarm you; however, it is important to keep you informed during these uncertain times while also respecting the federal and state laws that prohibit the release of confidential medical information.

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. We are confident that the protocols we have in place in our schools, including social distancing, required face coverings and cleaning and sanitizing procedures will help minimize the spread of the virus to others.

The most important things you and your child can do:

  • Wear a mask.
  • Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer.
  • 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 our unwell Goshen family members.

Sincerely,

Daniel T. Connor
Superintendent of Schools