Niskayuna High School shifted to all-remote instruction Tuesday after two members of the school community tested positive for COVID-19, school district officials announced Monday.
The district made the decision in consultation with the Schenectady County health department “out of an abundance of caution and to allow time for the necessary contact tracing,” according to a message posted to the district website.
Students do not have school Wednesday because of Veterans’ Day, and the message said the district planned to have students return to in-person instruction again Thursday – “unless otherwise notified.”
The cases are the second and third members of the high school community – two students and one teacher – to report COVID-19 diagnoses this school year, according to the state’s COVID-19 school dashboard.
School districts around the region have reported new cases among students and staff in recent weeks and days as cases and test positive rates have started to climb around the state and Capital Region. Ballston Spa school officials announced three new COVID-19 positive at two elementary schools, leading two full classrooms to have to quarantine.
University at Albany officials on Monday announced the school would shift to all-remote instruction Tuesday due to preliminary testing that suggested a surge in new cases, leaving most UAlbany students to learn remotely until Feb. 2 at the earliest.