Schenectady students quarantine after staff members test positive for COVID-19


Six Schenectady elementary school students at two separate schools started quarantining Monday after district leaders were notified of two positive COVID-19 cases among staff.

Four students in a Paige Academy special education class were asked to quarantine through Thanksgiving after a staff member at that school tested positive. The students, who had been learning through a mix of in-person and remote lessons, will join other students in the special education class who have been learning remotely this year, district spokesperson Karen Corona said Monday. 

(While Paige Elementary is being housed at Woodlawn school, some special programming is being hosted at Paige school, which is being called Paige Academy.)

Separately, two students at Zoller Elementary were asked to quarantine after a staff member there tested positive for COVID-19.

The district was notified of the two positive cases Sunday, working with Schenectady County public health officials to identify students and staff who had been potentially exposed to the infected individuals. 

The Schenectady school district has maintained a relatively low caseload so far this school year, reporting just four positive cases as of Friday, all among students. But as positive cases continue to rise across the region, so will the number of positive cases in schools and the number of students and staff asked to quarantine.

Ballston Spa school district officials on Sunday learned of a positive student case, forcing the district to keep some staff members at home Monday as contact tracing played out, according to a Sunday message posted on the district website. In the Lansingburgh Central School District, all second grade teachers at Turnpike Elementary were asked to quarantine for two weaks starting Monday, forcing the district to shift most of the second grade classes in that building to all-remote learning until after Thanksgiving.

Averill Park school district officials on Monday announced that after another positive case was identified in the district they planned to shift all students to virtual learning effective Tuesday. The district plans to keep its students learning remotely until Nov. 30, the Monday following Thanksgiving Break.

“This decision was not made lightly,” the district wrote in a message posted to its website. “Over the past week, we have seen a spike in positive cases both in our school district and throughout our region and feel this is a necessary action at this time.”

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