Wallkill Central School District Superintendent of Schools Kevin Castle announced Monday that a student at John G. Borden Middle School tested positive for COVID-19.
Due to many privacy laws, the District is unable to identify the student.
The student was last in attendance on Oct. 21. 23 students and 13 staff members have been identified to be in proximate contact with the student who tested positive and will be mandated to quarantine for 14 days from the last day of exposure. These individuals will be contacted by the Ulster County Department of Health as well as a school official.
The student who tested positive will remain in isolation in accordance with New York State Department of Health guidelines.
Due to the high number of faculty and staff who have been mandated to quarantine at both Wallkill Senior High School and the middle school, the district has decided to have both schools return to remote learning through Nov. 6.
“We are planning on returning to in-person learning at both schools on Nov. 9, 2020,” Castle said in a letter to parents and guardians. “Please be advised that this does not impact the elementary schools; therefore they will continue in-person learning.”
The superintendent assured parents and guardians that the district is doing its best to keep its schools safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.