A second Shenendehowa High School student has tested positive for COVID-19, the district reported Tuesday; the case is related to the first positive case in the district.
The two High School East students that have tested positive have not been at the school building since Sept. 15, according to a release from the district. The district has been working with the Saratoga Public Health Department to conduct necessary contact tracing to identify individuals subject to quarantine and in need of testing.
Both cases stem from “a point of exposure in a recreational contact outside of school,” according to the district’s release. District officials have also urged students and staff to be careful about contacts and potential exposure when out of schoool too.
“We cannot emphasize enough that parents, students and staff members need to be just as vigilant following guidelines outside of school,” the district wrote in its messages to families announcing the positive cases. “This includes limiting group gatherings, practicing good hygiene, wearing masks and following social distance guidelines.”
As district leaders across the region take a not-if-but-when view of positive cases within districts, a handful of other Capital Region districts have reported a small number of positive cases, including Burnt Hills, Mohonasen and North Colonie.