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

HOLTSVILLE, NY ( / — 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.”

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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


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