Schenectady County

Duanesburg Jr./Sr. High School goes all virtual through holiday break

Duanesburg High School Eagle mascot monument in front of the school in Delanson in 2014.

Duanesburg High School Eagle mascot monument in front of the school in Delanson in 2014.

Duanesburg Jr./Sr. High School students will learn virtually until after the holiday break, district officials announced Monday, citing a positive COVID-19 case among staff and broader staffing shortage caused by the resulting staff quarantines.

The school shifted to an all-virtual learning model Monday until the holiday break beginning Dec. 24 and planned to return to in-person instruction on Jan. 4.

Duanesburg joins a handful of other districts around the Capital Region that have announced building closures that will leave students learning remotely until after the holiday break – or longer. The Greater Amsterdam School District on Sunday announced it was shifting all of its students to fully-virtual learning until after the break, citing over 50 staff members in quarantine across the district. A week earlier, Northville schools said it was shifting its singular school building, which houses all grades, to all-virtual learning through Jan. 15.


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In its announcement, Duanesburg said one individual staff member tested positive at the school and 12 staff members needed to quarantine as a result, which led to a staffing shortage at the school. The district’s elementary school building is not impacted.

“Going to all-remote learning at the Jr./Sr. High School was not a decision we made lightly, however, based on the staffing shortage in this circumstance, we determined that it would not be possible to continue in-person learning at this time,” a district official wrote in a message announcing the change.

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