AMSTERDAM – Someone who attended the June 27 Amsterdam High School diploma ceremony during a two-hour period that day later tested positive for COVID-19, the district said Thursday.
COVID-19 symptoms can appear between two and 14 days after exposure. Thursday’s announcement came 12 days after the high school diploma event.
The announcement focused on anyone who attended the event between 10 a.m. and noon. Those who attended then “may have come in contact with someone who has since tested positive for COVID-19,” the district wrote on its website.
The announcement directed any resident who attended during that period and who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who attended then and is over age 55 and immunocompromised to contact the Montgomery County Health Department at 518-853-8220.
The district made the announcement Thursday in a letter posted on its website and addressed to parents.
“During the diploma ceremony the district had a COVID-19 safety plan in place that followed state protocol and was reviewed and approved by the GASD SAFER Committee and county health officials,” the letter reads. “That plan included measures for distributing and wearing protective masks by all graduates, families and staff, and extensive social distancing steps throughout the event.”
The event was originally planned to be outdoors on a large stage set up in the school’s parking lot. A threat of raint, however, forced it into the school’s Bert DeRose Theater. Officials waited until about 90 minutes before the event to make the switch.
The district noted that graduates and families were assigned times to show up and enter the auditorium in small groups to receive their diplomas and be photographed. They were then asked not to linger afterward.
“Staff was on hand and present at various locations to monitor the situation,” the district wrote.
The district’s letter: COVID-19 case detected at AHS June 27 diploma ceremony