Shenendehowa reports HS student tests positive for COVID-19

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A student at Shenendehowa High School East has tested positive for COVID-19, district officials announced Sunday.

School reopened Monday after district officials coordinated with Saratoga County Health Department officials on Sunday, identifying students and staff with high risk of exposure; the student was present in school Sept. 14 and 15, according to a message the district shared with families Sunday.

During a livestream event hosted by Saratoga County on Monday, Shenendehowa Superintendent Oliver Robinson said district officials spent five or six hours Sunday working to identify contacts with county health officials and that they opened the high school with a “high degree of confidence that we have taken all of the precautions we can.” Robinson said as the district implements its contact tracing protocols in the event of a positive case, working with the county, they will balance student safety with the importance of continuing to educate children.

“It’s that balancing act: ensuring safety while still providing us an opportunity to have school open,” Robinson said Monday.

Shenendehowa joins a growing list of districts across the Capital Region that have seen at least one positive case since the start of the school year. Burnt Hills, Mohonasen, Gloversville, North Colonie and other area districts had all reported at least one case of a student or staff member by the end of last week. District report positive case results and other data to the state on a daily basis, information shared on the state’s school COVID-19 dashboard.

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