Dec. 9: Notice of positive COVID-19 case

Dear DCS Community Member:

Today, the district was informed of a positive COVID-19 test for a student who attends Duanesburg Elementary School. The student was last in the building on Dec. 1. 

The district took immediate steps to isolate the situation, limit exposure, and notify the Schenectady County Department of Health. We have been working with the public health department to help officials implement their contact tracing protocols. The public health department will take the lead role in any further steps that may be necessary such as additional testing of individuals or contact tracing. The district has already contacted families who may be impacted by this case.

We are not permitted by privacy laws to identify the individual who tested positive. We have provided as much information as possible. The individuals who test positive are quarantined for the recommended time and will not return to school until cleared by the Department of Health.

One classroom at the Elementary School will pivot to remote learning in connection with this case and parents of those students have already been contacted. At this time, all DCS schools remain open under the guidance of the public health department. Our overarching goal is for this to continue. We again remind you that we are following all of the necessary health and safety precautions outlined in our reopening plan, including mask-wearing, social distancing and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting. We will continue to work in close partnership with our public health partners.

Please continue to be vigilant in handwashing, mask wearing and all other health and safety practices that prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are all in this together, and we are grateful for your partnership in promoting health and safety in our schools and community.


Dr. James Niedermeier
Superintendent of Schools