Coronavirus Closes Mattituck-Cutchogue Jr./Sr. High School Friday | #coronavirus | #kids. | #children | #schools

MATTITUCK, NY — Mattituck Jr./Sr. High School will be closed Friday after a student tested positive for coronavirus, Superintendent of Schools Jill Gierasch said.

“Due to a reported positive COVID case, and out of an abundance of caution, we will be closing Mattituck Jr./Sr. High School for 24 hours while we begin the contact tracing process,” Gierasch said in a letter to parents Thursday night.

Cutchogue East Elementary will remain open for students and will have a normal school day, she said; all students in grades 7 through 12 will be on a full remote learning schedule Friday.

“This afternoon the district was notified that a student at Mattituck Jr./Sr. High School tested positive for COVID-19,” Gierasch wrote in the letter. “Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released.”

The district will conduct contract tracing and disinfect the school for staff and students Friday, Gierasch said.

“We are working closely with the Suffolk County Department of Health to determine close contacts of the confirmed positive student, Individuals deemed to be a ‘close contact’ will be notified directly by either the Suffolk County Department of Health and/or the district. The individual, who has tested positive for COVID-19 will not be allowed to return to school for at least 10 days or after a negative test result has been provided to the district,” she wrote.

As contact tracing continues and until the Suffolk County Department of Health has completed

its investigation, students are reminded to adhere to social distancing rules, wear face masks when unable to maintain six feet of distance, and avoid social gatherings among groups of Mattituck Jr./Sr. High School students, Gierasch said.

“As always, the health and safety of our students and staff is our utmost priority. We are closely
monitoring this situation and will provide you with updates as we learn more,” she said.

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