January 20, 2021
The district learned today, January 20, 2021, that a DCMO BOCES staff member at the Harrold Campus has tested positive for COVID-19.
The staff member who tested positive has not been in contact with students and staff since January 15. At this time, our local health department is in contact with the families of the affected students and affected staff. Our school staff followed COVID-19 protocols at all times, in accordance with the district’s Reopening Plan, and this helped greatly limit the risk of exposure. We will continue to cooperate and coordinate with the County Health Department.
Under the direction of the County Department of Health, no additional action is necessary at this time. Should additional actions become necessary, we will immediately notify parents, faculty and staff of any changes in procedures and protocols.
At this time, following the County Health Department recommendations, our district will remain open with our in-person, hybrid instructional model. Our Reopening Plan has been designed to reduce risk. We cannot eliminate all risk, especially outside of our school buildings. However, because we continue to be diligent in enforcing social distancing, mask wearing when social distancing is not possible, and encouraging hand washing and sanitation, our local health department said the risk of secondary infection is low. In addition, because our Reopening Plan tightly controls how many students and staff are in one location at any one time, health officials were able to quickly act and complete contact tracing.
Please note that the federal and state privacy laws restrict us from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information. We cannot identify anyone who has tested positive or release any additional information.
Since the start of the school year, the district has been thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting all portions of our school building that are in use by students and staff on a daily basis in accordance with guidance from the New York State Department of Health and the CDC.
For details about our cleaning procedures, COVID prevention policies and more, please see our Reopening Plan at www.dcmoboces.com.
Perry T. Dewey, III