Positive Case & Shift to Remote Learning for PK-5 (Mon. 12/14)

December 13, 2020

Dear Cairo-Durham Families,

Today the District was notified that a staff member at Cairo-Durham Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19. The last date of attendance was Friday, December 11th. After working with the Greene County Department of Health to complete contact tracing, it was determined that a significant number of elementary staff were exposed and must quarantine as a result.

Due to insufficient in-person staffing, Pre-K through Grade 5 must shift to remote instruction effective Monday, December 14th. Due to the length of the quarantines, remote instruction will continue until the holiday recess and in-person classes will resume on Monday, January 4, 2021. Special education classes (12:1:1) are not impacted and will therefore continue to be held in person. If your child does not have adequate internet access at home, please contact the CDE Main Office on Monday morning at 518-622-3231.

Please be reminded that free school breakfast and lunch are available for all Cairo-Durham students (K-12) regardless of whether they are learning in school or remotely. If you need student meals during this period of remote learning, please contact your school’s main office as soon as possible to sign up for free:

  • Elementary School: 518-622-3231
  • Middle School: 518-622-0490
  • High School: 518-622-8543

We continue to work with the DOH to notify any elementary students or staff who need to quarantine as a precaution. We encourage you to offer your full cooperation if you are contacted by a representative of the county health department or our school district. If you are not contacted by a representative, there is no further action needed on your part.

We understand the inconvenience of a sudden shift to remote learning, and finishing the calendar year with our entire district learning remotely is not what we hoped for. We must keep doing the best we can to support our students and finish the year strong despite the circumstances. If you have questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to the schools or email your child’s principal.


Michael Wetherbee
Superintendent of Schools