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COVID-19 Updates and Closures

November 30, 2020 - 4:00 pm
The District has been informed that four staff members and four students have tested positive for COVID-19: one student at Charles E. Walters Elementary School, one staff member at the middle school, three staff members and one student at the high school, and two students at the junior high school.
The students and staff have not been in school since last week, and the Suffolk County Department of Health has determined that there is no need for any students or staff to quarantine. The affected individuals will not be able to return to school until medically cleared.
The new cases will be reflected in our standing on the New York State COVID-19 dashboard, as districts are required to inform the state each day of any confirmed cases in a school building.
November 23, 2020 -- 8:54 pm (HS Closed, November 24, 2020)
This evening, the District learned that a Longwood High School student has tested positive for COVID-19. The student was in school today, Monday, November 23, 2020.
Out of an abundance of caution and to allow the Department of Health to conduct contact tracing, the high school will be closed for students and staff tomorrow, Tuesday, November 24, 2020. All students will transition to distance learning.
The high school will be open for in-person instruction on Monday, November 30, 2020. All other schools in the District will be in session tomorrow for the green cohort and full-time distance learners.
This new case will be reflected in our standing on the New York State COVID-19 dashboard, as districts are required to inform the state each day of any confirmed cases in a school building.
It is imperative to take all safety precautions such as avoiding large gatherings, staying home when sick, washing your hands often, staying socially distant, and wearing a mask.
We will continue to remain vigilant in keeping our buildings safe, clean, and sanitized. Please stay well.
November 19, 2020

The District has been informed that two Longwood Junior High School staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.  
 
Contact tracing has been completed, and the building administration has identified those in close contact with the individuals.  Those in close contact have been notified and will remain at home pending further direction from the Suffolk County Department of Health regarding quarantine requirements.  Close contact is defined as being within six feet of an infected individual for ten minutes or more, with or without masks, over 24 hours.
 
The Junior High School will be open tomorrow, Friday, November 20, for staff and students in the gold cohort.
 
These two new cases will be reflected in our standing on the New York State COVID-19 dashboard, as districts are required to inform the state each day of any confirmed cases in a school building.
 
Thank you for your support during these challenging times.



November 18, 2020 -- 6:45 pm
Today, the District learned that three students, one each at the Junior High School, West Middle Island Elementary School, and Coram Elementary School have tested positive for COVID-19.   
The student at the Junior High School has not been in school since early November, and the Suffolk County Department of Health determined that a school closure is unnecessary, and there is no need for any students or staff to quarantine. 
Those in close contact with the two elementary students, one each at West Middle Island Elementary and Coram Elementary have been notified and will remain at home.  Both West Middle Island and Coram will be open for in-person instruction (gold cohort) tomorrow, November 19, 2020.
These three new cases will be reflected in our standing on the New York State COVID-19 dashboard, as districts are required to inform the state each day of any confirmed cases in a school building. 
It is imperative to take all safety precautions such as avoiding large gatherings, staying home when sick, washing your hands often, staying socially distant, and wearing a mask.  
We will continue to remain vigilant keeping our buildings safe, clean, and sanitized. Please stay well.
November 18, 2020 -- 10:45 am

The District has been informed that a Junior High School student has tested positive for COVID-19.  The student has not been in school since Friday, November 13.  The Suffolk County Department of Health has determined that school closures do not need to occur, and there is no need for any students or staff to quarantine. 
This confirmed case will be reflected in our District’s standing on the New York State COVID-19 dashboard, as school districts are required to inform the state each day of any new cases in a school building. 
Please continue to follow all necessary safety precautions such as staying home when sick, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, washing your hands often, staying socially distant, and wearing a mask.
November 16, 2020 -- 3:10 pm
Today, the District was notified that two Longwood High School students have tested positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing has been completed, and the Suffolk County Department of Health has determined that a school closure is unnecessary. The two individuals and their siblings will not return to school until medically cleared by their physician. There are no additional quarantines needed for students and staff.
These confirmed cases will be reflected in our District's standing on the New York State COVID-19 dashboard, as school districts are required to inform the state each day of any new cases in a school building. 
While we're pleased to share that there is no indication of any transmission within our schools, we must continue to follow all safety precautions such as staying home when sick, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, washing your hands often, staying socially distant, and wearing a mask.
November 11, 2020 -- 6:13 pm

Today, the District was notified by the Suffolk County Department of Health that a staff member at Charles E. Walters Elementary School has a confirmed case of COVID-19.  Following the guidance by the SCDOH, the individual must quarantine for 14 days and be medically cleared before returning to school. Those that have been in close contact with the individual have been contacted.

 

Out of an abundance of caution, Charles E. Walters Elementary School will be closed for students and staff tomorrow, Thursday, November 12, 2020. Students in the gold cohort will transition to a distance learning model. Charles E. Walters will reopen on Friday, November 13 pending any further guidance from the DOH.

 

Per our established guidelines, we have initiated our building sanitizing and deep cleaning protocols. 

 

Additionally, the middle school will reopen tomorrow for staff and students in the gold cohort.

Experts warn that the next few months will be more challenging than the last. We know how difficult these last eight months have been, and people may let their guard down when adhering to safety precautions. Please stay vigilant about following CDC guidance: practice social distancing, wear a mask, avoid large gatherings, and wash your hands frequently. 


November 9, 2020 --5:00 pm
 
 
The District learned this afternoon that a student at Longwood Middle School has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is in the gold cohort and was in school on Friday, November 6. As a result, the middle school will be closed for in-person instruction for students and staff on uesday, November 10, 2020. Students in the green cohort will transition to distance learning tomorrow.
 
Contact tracing is being conducted in coordination with the Suffolk County Department of Health. Those who are deemed to have been in close contact with the affected individual have been contacted.  
 
Also, a student at West Middle Island Elementary School and a high school student have tested positive for COVID-19. The students, who are not related, have not been in school since the end of October. The Suffolk County Department of Health has determined that a school closure is not needed, and no students or staff are required to quarantine. The individuals who tested positive will not be permitted to return to school until medically cleared.
 
These three confirmed cases will be reflected in our District’s standing on the New York State COVID-19 Dashboard, as school districts are required to inform the state each day of any new cases in a school building. 
 
We continue to diligently deep clean and sanitize all buildings every night after in-person learning. Additionally, all buildings will be closed to staff and students on Wednesday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day, which provides us additional time for disinfecting.
 
Thank you for your ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and provide updates as needed.

November 4, 2020 --2:20 pm (Update on West Middle Island)

Thank you for your patience as the Suffolk County Department of Health conducts its contact tracing investigation linked to the confirmed COVID-19 case at West Middle Island Elementary School.

The staff member was last in the building on November 2 for Superintendent’s Conference Day. All individuals who have been in close contact with this individual have been notified of the requirements to quarantine and will not return to school for 14 days.  Since schools were closed on Monday and Tuesday, there is no quarantine required for students.

The building has been thoroughly deep cleaned, sanitized and disinfected, and West Middle Island will be open for staff and students in the gold cohort tomorrow, November 5, 2020.

As always, we encourage you to take extra health and safety precautions, especially as we enter the holiday season.   We are all eager to be back together and enjoying social activities, but I implore you to stay vigilant. 

Continue to follow social distancing guidelines, practice proper hygiene, and stay home if you are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19. It is imperative, now more than ever, that we continue to work together on this effort to stay healthy and safe.

November 3, 2020 -- 7:10 pm

This evening, the District was notified by the Suffolk County Department of Health that a staff member at West Middle Island Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19.   After receiving a confirmed test, the individual is required to quarantine according to the  Suffolk County Department of Health guidelines and will not return to school until the District receives medical clearance.

Out of an abundance of caution, West Middle Island will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, November 4, for staff and all Wednesday in-person students will transition to Distance Learning.  

Contact tracing has begun and will be conducted in coordination with the Suffolk County Department of Health. Those who are deemed to have been in close contact with the affected individual will be contacted directly. 

Pending any further guidance, West Middle Island will open on Thursday, November 5, 2020.

Thank you, and please stay safe.

 

October 29, 2020 -- 7:20 pm

This afternoon, the district was informed by the Suffolk County Department of Health (SCDOH) that a staff member at Ridge Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19.

This individual has not been in school or on school grounds since Friday, October 23, 2020.  However, out of an abundance of caution, Ridge Elementary School will be closed for students and staff tomorrow, Friday, October 30, 2020, as the DOH reviews all pertinent documentation sent to them this afternoon.  Students in the Gold Cohort will transition to all distance learning tomorrow.

Although the staff member has not been in the district for a week, be assured we will implement our deep cleaning protocols and sanitizing procedures throughout the long weekend ahead.  We plan on reopening Ridge on Wednesday, November 4, 2020.

Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures as we work to help protect our students, staff members, and families.  

We will continue to keep our school community informed of any updates.  

October 28, 2020 -- 1:15 pm

The district has been informed that a Ridge Elementary School student and a Longwood High School student have tested positive for COVID-19. Both students have not been in school, or on school grounds, for close to two weeks.  

The Suffolk County Department of Health has meticulously reviewed our documentation and has determined that school closures do not need to occur, and there is no need for any students or staff to quarantine. Both students will not be able to return to schools until medically cleared.

These two confirmed cases will be reflected in our district’s standing on the New York State COVID-19 dashboard, as school districts are required to inform the state each day of any new cases in a school building. 

Once again, we are very proud that there has been no known transmission of the virus within our buildings since the school year’s opening.  

Let’s continue to follow all necessary safety precautions such as staying home when sick, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, washing your hands often, staying socially distant, and wearing a mask.

Thank you for your partnership in our health and safety efforts. 



October 23, 2020 -- 5:30 pm

Late this afternoon, the District learned that a student at Longwood Junior High School has tested positive for COVID-19.  However, the student has not been in school or on school grounds for more than a week. 
 
The Suffolk County Department of Health has determined that a school closure does not need to occur, and there is no need for any students or staff to quarantine.  The individual who tested positive will not be allowed to return to school until medically cleared.

Please know that we will continue to diligently deep clean and sanitize all of our buildings each night and after in-person learning.

It is imperative to continue to take all necessary precautions such as staying home when sick, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, washing your hands often, staying socially distant and wearing a mask.

Thank you, and stay safe.


October 3, 2020 -- 4:45 pm


The District was informed by the Suffolk County Department of Health (SCDOH) that a staff member at Longwood High School has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual has NOT been in school or on school grounds since Friday, October 2, 2020, and has had limited contact with students and staff.

We are working closely with the SCDOH regarding contact tracing, and out of an abundance of caution, several staff and students will be quarantined. Any individuals who were exposed are currently being notified by the high school administration or the SCDOH. 

Additionally, we will implement our deep cleaning protocols and sanitizing procedures throughout the weekend ahead, and the high school will be open for students and staff on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings, including social distancing, mask-wearing, and handwashing protocols, were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was present and subsequently identified. We are committed to providing your child and our staff with a safe and healthy academic environment. 

Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures as we work to help protect our students, staff members, and families.  

We will continue to keep our school community informed of any updates.  
Be safe, and stay well. 
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