HUDSON — Several potential positive COVID cases have been identified in the Germantown school district and four positive tests have been conducted in the Taconic Hills district, the two districts announced in separate statements Friday afternoon.
The Germantown district will be switching to remote learning until Nov. 30, the district announced in a statement. Two staff members were tested after experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. The results of those tests were not known Friday afternoon.
All students will be remote learning on Monday and Tuesday, the two remaining instructional days before Thanksgiving break.
Seventh- to 12th-grade students at Germantown Central School District switched to remote learning after a student tested positive Tuesday. The remaining schools will move to virtual classes until the conclusion of the holiday break, the district announced.
The Germantown district is expected to return to in-person learning Nov. 30, after the Thanksgiving break concludes.
“We understand this is a significant change for our students, staff members and families,“ Germantown Superintendent Benjamin Bragg wrote in a letter to district families Friday afternoon. “This decision was not made lightly. Over the past week we have seen a significant increase in positive cases both in our school district and throughout the region and feel this is a necessary action to keep our students and staff as safe as possible.”
Taconic Hills announced Friday two students and two staff members tested positive for the virus. District Superintendent Neil L. Howard Jr. wrote in a letter to district families that 13 students and six staff members are under mandatory quarantine.
“We encourage you to offer your full cooperation if you are contacted by a representative of the Health Department or the district,” Howard wrote. “If you are not contacted there is no further action needed. While I understand that you may want additional details, privacy laws restrict us from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information.”
Columbia County has had 910 positive COVID cases since the beginning of the pandemic. There were 92 active cases in the county as of Friday afternoon and 285 people were in mandatory quarantine. Seventeen people are hospitalized due to the virus and three are in the intensive care unit.
“With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I think we are all aware of the potentially dangerous spike in positive cases that could result,” Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell said in a statement. “As we’re driven indoors by the colder weather, it becomes all the more important to be vigilant about taking the proper steps to protect ourselves.”