Student tests positive for COVID-19 in Sachem Schools, forcing class to self-quarantine for two weeks

HOLTSVILLE, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — An entire class of students at Chippewa Elementary School in Holtsville must self-quarantine at home for two weeks after one of their classmates tested positive for COVID-19.

Christopher Pellettieri, superintendent for the Sachem Central School District, announced the positive case in a letter posted on the school district’s website on Monday.

“We would like to inform you that we have recently received information about a confirmed case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with one student at Chippewa,” Pellettieri wrote. “Cleaning and disinfecting of the exposed locations have been completed. As the COVID-19 situation in our country and our community is rapidly evolving, we urge you to take all necessary precautions to limit coronavirus spread in our community.”

School district spokesperson Michael Ganci told OnSachem the case was limited to one classroom and that the building will remain open for in-school instruction. However, Ganci said all the classmates of the affected child are required to self-quarantine at home for two weeks.

The school district reopened for the school year last Wednesday, Sept. 9, following extensive safety measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as the pandemic continues.

For the start of the school year, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the launch of the COVID-19 Report Card to show the latest data for every school and every district, including Sachem. As of 1 p.m. Monday, the Report Card does not reflect the COVID-19 case announced. The Report Card is at https://schoolcovidreportcard.health.ny.gov.


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