Administrators from the Sachem Central School District announced the decision on Tuesday evening to delay the reopening by another full week. The school was expected to reopen on Wednesday, Oct. 7, after first closing as of Thursday, Oct. 1.
Back on Sept. 30, “more than one student” at the school tested positive, according to Christopher Pellettieri, superintendent for the Sachem Central School District. Since Pellettieri's first announcement about the initial closure, the number of COVID-19 positive cases within Sachem North has steadily increased.
"As a result of the contact tracing process from the now 15 confirmed cases, please be advised that instruction for students at Sachem North will continue to be delivered through our virtual learning platform until next Tuesday, Oct. 13th," Pellettieri announced Tuesday evening. "At this time, pending any further updates, it is anticipated that North will now reopen for in-person instruction on Wednesday, Oct. 14th."
Pellettieri continued, "The decision to extend North’s temporary shift to our fully distance learning protocol was reached after careful analysis and in consultation with the professionals at the Suffolk County Department of Health Services. Through the SCDOHS’ contact tracing process it was determined that several hundred students and nearly two dozen staff members were considered proximate contacts for the individuals that tested positive and were required to quarantine. Based on the number of proximate contacts and to help create the least disruption to the educational process, it was determined that this extended closure was in the best interest of all of our students and staff."
Throughout Pellettieri's updates to the community, he has urged everyone to practice safety habits to minimize COVID-19 spread. In his latest announcement, Pellettieri wrote, "As partners in this effort, please help us safeguard our community by continuing to practice proper hand washing hygiene, observe physical distancing guidelines and stay home if you are feeling ill. We will get through this together."
As OnSachem reported on Sunday, sources said a Sweet 16 birthday party led to a spike in COVID-19 cases among several Sachem school buildings.
According to data reported by New York State as of Oct. 5, there are four COVID-19 cases at Sachem High School East in Farmingville, three at Seneca Middle School in Holbrook, and 11 Sachem North. The state’s COVID-19 Report Card is available at https://schoolcovidreportcard.health.ny.gov.