Positive Cases & Shift to Remote Learning for PK-5 (Tues. 1/19)

January 17, 2021

Dear Cairo-Durham Families,

The District was notified of two elementary students who tested positive for COVID-19. The students were last in school on Tuesday, January 12th. We worked with the Greene County Department of Health to conduct thorough contact tracing. All students and staff who were identified as contacts were notified and directed to quarantine as a precaution. If you were not contacted by a district or DOH representative, there is no further action needed on your part.

Unfortunately, all of Pre-K through Grade 5 must pivot to remote instruction starting on Tuesday, January 19th through the end of the week (Monday is a holiday). This is due to insufficient in-person staffing resulting from quarantines and not from widespread illness. Special education classes (12:1:1) may attend in person for those who are not under quarantine. If your child does not have adequate internet access at home, please contact the CDE Main Office on Tuesday morning at 518-622-3231. Free meals will also be provided during this time. Contact the CDE Main Office on Tuesday morning to sign up for free meal delivery. In-person classes will resume on Monday, January 25th.

Please be reminded of the role we all play in maintaining a safe and healthy in-person learning environment for students and staff. We ask that families continue to follow all safety guidelines outside of school hours including proper use of face coverings, social distancing, proper hand hygiene, and avoiding gatherings and travel outside of New York State. Anyone with questions or who needs to report a COVID-19 related health issue should contact their child’s principal or school nurse.

I understand that a sudden shift to remote instruction is inconvenient but it is temporary and we greatly appreciate your continued flexibility and support. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the schools or email your child’s principal if you have questions or need assistance.


Michael Wetherbee
Superintendent of Schools