According to a letter from Superintendent Daniel Giordano, the middle school case is related to the positive case of an Albany Avenue employee earlier this week. The middle school teacher has not been in school since last Friday and will not be allowed to return for at least 10 days and until the Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDHS) releases them from isolation.
“We have been in contact with the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, who is aiding us in the contact tracing investigation,” Giordano wrote. “We are providing the SCDHS with a list of probable close contacts. The identification of close contacts begins 48 hours before the teacher became symptomatic, or 48 hours before the individual was tested for the COVID-19 virus if asymptomatic.”
Those believed to be in close contact to the teacher who tested positive will be contacted by the health department and will be required to quarantine at home for 14 days from the date of exposure to the infected person.
In addition, Giordano sent out another letter on Thursday announcing that the three elementary schools that closed down after the Albany Avenue employee connected to Albany Avenue, Harding Avenue and William Rall elementary schools tested positive for COVID-19, can now resume the original hybrid learning model. On Monday, all three schools closed down and students at the three schools switched to full remote learning after the Albany Avenue employee and another staff member tested positive for the coronavirus.
“The investigation also identified that certain individuals had contact with an Albany Avenue teacher who had tested positive for COVID-19, putting them at a higher risk of contracting the virus,” Giordano wrote. “Those individuals were given quarantine orders and were asked to remain home to monitor their health. Two of them have since tested positive for COVID-19.”
However since last Friday, the school staff had not had any physical contact with students. As a result, on Thursday the district was advised by the health department that no further action is required by the district and school can resume back to the normal hybrid model.