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Mohonasen School District going all-remote for now

WNYT Staff
Updated: September 10, 2020 08:38 PM
Created: September 10, 2020 05:09 PM

The Mohonasen School District will be moving to all remote learning after a coronavirus case in an adult at the high school.

The district says schools will be remote until it is safe to return.

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Contact tracing is currently underway.

District Superintendent Shannon Shine released the following statement:

Dear Mohonasen Parents, Faculty and Staff,

I am writing to inform you of a safety concern and to let you know that starting Monday, September 14th, Mohonasen will be shifting to all virtual (remote) learning for all students from kindergarten through 12th grade until it is safe to return to a mix of in-person, hybrid and remote learning.   Additionally, tomorrow, (Friday, September 11), the district will be closed to allow for the Department of Health to conduct further contact tracing.  We will also continue to “deep clean” our facilities as is our current daily practice.  A separate email will be sent to faculty and staff concerning who should report for work on site tomorrow.

The reason for this abrupt shift is that we have had a confirmed case of COVID-19 in an adult at the High School.  We have been working closely, as outlined in our Reopening Plan, with the Schenectady Department of Health and they are currently conducting contact tracing with individuals who were potentially exposed to COVID-19.

A complicating factor is that almost all of our administrative team was at a lunch with the infected individual during one of our Professional Development days prior to the reopening of school.  All administrators except one were fully socially distanced during this luncheon; however, the Schenectady DOH, after consulting with the NYS Department of Health, has determined out of an abundance of caution that the entire group must quarantine for up to 14 days from the point of contact.  This will take us through Thursday, September 17th, but it is not yet known what date we may be cleared for reopening.

Additionally, a small number of teachers were also potentially exposed and they must also quarantine for up to 14 days from the point of contact.  The Department of Health needs time to fully conduct the required contact tracing to ensure all students, staff and faculty remain safe.

Our intention is to resume on-site learning, according to our collaboratively-developed Reopening Plan, as soon as it is safe to do so.  You can expect further communications both from me and from the Building Principals in the near future as we adjust to all remote learning for the time being.

I was elated to see our students enter each of our buildings this morning so I am crestfallen to deliver this news to our families; however, safety will always be our number one priority at Mohonasen and I am committed to having our students return to in-person learning as soon as it is safe to do so.

Yours in Service,

Shannon Shine

Superintendent


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