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HOLBROOK, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — Over three days last week, Sachem Schools reported another 37 COVID-19 infections affecting students, teachers, and staff. Seneca Middle School in Holbrook and Sachem High School East in Farmingville each had nine new positives, which were the most among the district’s 15 schools.

The latest infections were reported from March 17 to 19. Since schools reopened in September, the district reported 878 COVID-19 positives.

District Superintendent Christopher Pellettieri wrote to the Sachem Schools community on Friday about the latest virus infections.

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“You may have read of late there has been an increase in the numbers of positive cases of COVID-19 throughout Suffolk County,” Pellettieri wrote. “That increase has been mirrored in our school population and there have been a greater number of positive cases involving students and staff as well.”

Pellettieri added: “To date, there continues to be no evidence that the increase is tied to student return to school full time.”

More Students Return to School, Five Days a Week

The second of three phases begins Monday for the gradual return of grades 6 through 12 to full-time in-person learning, bringing an end to alternating daily between in-person and remote learning since September. 

Pellettieri confirmed grades 8 and 11 will return five days a week beginning Monday, which follows the first wave on March 8 when grades 6 and 12 returned.

“This upcoming Monday, March 22nd, we are welcoming back our 8th and 11th grade students to full-time, in person, learning,” Pellettieri wrote in his Friday memo. “I have spoken with the principal in each of our 5 secondary schools and they are all prepared to receive our students.”

As OnSachem News reported, the tentative schedule has grades 7, 9, and 10 resuming in-person learning every day as of Wednesday, April 7.

When the district outlined the “Sachem Student Return Plan” timeline on March 3, administrators cited the declining number of new infections locally, in Suffolk County, and across New York state as the reason to bring students back every day.

COVID-19 Cases at Each School

The following are the latest increases and total positives for each school in Sachem, according to the daily reporting from March 17 to 19. Minor discrepancies are possible as recent cases synch with the state and district online dashboards. There may be periodic changes to prior updates.

Sachem Elementary Schools 

• Cayuga Elementary School in Lake Grove – 24 cases, up 1 (15 students, 9 teachers/staff)

• Chippewa Elementary School in Holtsville – 32 cases, up 2 (23 students, 9 teachers/staff)

• Grundy Avenue Elementary School in Holbrook – 32 cases, up 2 (29 students, 4 teachers/staff)

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• Hiawatha Elementary School in Lake Ronkonkoma – 31 cases, up 0 (25 students, 6 teachers/staff)

• Lynwood Avenue Elementary School in Farmingville – 55 cases, up 0 (46 students including 19 off-site students, 9 teachers/staff including 3 off-site teachers/staff)

• Merrimac Elementary School in Holbrook – 24 cases, up 0 (21 students, 3 teachers/staff)

• Nokomis Elementary School in Holbrook – 31 cases, up 1 (21 students, 10 teachers/staff)

• Tamarac Elementary School in Holtsville – 27 cases, up 1 (20 students including 1 off-site student, 7 teachers/staff)

• Waverly Avenue Elementary School in Holtsville – 32 cases, up 1 (21 students including 1 off-site student, 11 teachers/staff)

• Wenonah Elementary School in Lake Grove – 28 cases, up 0 (19 students, 9 teachers/staff)

Sachem Middle Schools

• Sagamore Middle School in Holtsville – 61 cases, up 2 (48 students including 5 off-site students, 13 teachers/staff)

• Samoset Middle School in Lake Ronkonkoma – 50 cases, up 4 (36 students including 1 off-site student, 14 teachers/staff)

• Seneca Middle School in Holbrook – 83 cases, up 9 (64 students including 5 off-site students, 19 teachers/staff)

Sachem High Schools

• Sachem High School East in Farmingville – 174 cases, up 9 (148 students including 4 off-site students, 26 teachers/staff)

• Sachem High School North in Lake Ronkonkoma – 193 cases, up 5 (169 students including 19 off-site students, 24 teachers/staff)

The state’s COVID-19 Report Card is available at https://schoolcovidreportcard.health.ny.gov. Similar information is also on Sachem Schools’ COVID-19 data dashboard available at http://www.sachem.edu/covid_letters/covid_letters.



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