Positive Case & Shift to Remote Learning for Grades 9-12

February 4, 2021

Dear Cairo-Durham Families,

The District was informed that a high school student tested positive for COVID-19. The student was last present in school on February 3rd. We have consulted with the Greene County Department of Health to conduct contact tracing and are in the process of notifying any individuals who were identified as contacts and must quarantine. If you are not contacted by a representative of the county health department or our school district, there is no further action needed on your part.

Unfortunately, Grades 9-12 must pivot to remote instruction starting on Friday, February 5th after preliminary contact tracing determined that several high school staff members were exposed to the positive case. Due to the staffing shortages related to quarantines, we have no choice but to temporarily shift to remote instruction at the high school. Special education classes (12:1:1) will remain in person and the Media Center will be available for students who need internet access (Monday-Friday). Free breakfast and lunch will continue to be available during this time (call the CDHS Main Office at 518-622-8543 to sign up for free meal delivery). In-person classes at CDHS will resume after the winter recess on Monday, February 22nd. Any updates or changes will be communicated.

CTE students will have the opportunity to attend their programs in person and participate in their morning/afternoon classes virtually. Transportation to/from school and BOCES will be provided. When students arrive at CDHS (either morning or afternoon), they will be directed to an assigned location to log into their morning/afternoon classes. Out-of-district placements and full day programs (i.e., Tech Valley, New Visions, out-of-district special education) will have attendance and transportation, as usual.

This does not affect K-8 students, who will continue in-person instruction as planned. Please be assured that our schools and buses are thoroughly cleaned daily and the in-person learning environment remains safe for students and staff. Again, the shift to remote learning for Grades 9-12 is a result of staffing shortages and not widespread illness.

Please continue to do your part in controlling the spread of COVID-19 in the community. We must continue to prioritize social distancing, mask wearing, hand washing and avoiding gatherings as much as possible. Also, please keep your child home from school if they are ill or awaiting test results.

As always, our top priorities are the health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff. If you have questions, need assistance, or need to report a COVID-19 related health issue, please contact your child’s principal or school nurse.

Sincerely,

Michael Wetherbee
Superintendent of Schools