COVID-19 update from Superintendent Rodriguez – October 27, 2020

on October 27, 2020

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October 27, 2020

Dear Monroe-Woodbury families,

The Orange County Health Department has confirmed the following positive COVID-19 cases in Monroe-Woodbury Central School District:

  • Two Monroe-Woodbury High School students (A Cohort) have tested positive for COVID-19. One student was not in the building during the infectious period so no action is required. 

The school district is currently working in collaboration with the health department to identify those students and staff who may have been exposed to the second student. These individuals will be contacted directly within the next 24 hours by the district’s health coordinator, Dr. Lisa Sassi.

If you are not contacted within the next 24 hours, your child is not believed to have a risk of exposure. Anyone who was exposed to the individual will be mandated to quarantine for 14 days from the last exposure date.

The purpose of the quarantine for our students and staff is to mitigate the potential spread of illness.The health department indicates that quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent the spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.

  • One Monroe-Woodbury Middle School student (A Cohort) has tested positive for COVID-19. The school district is currently conducting contact tracing in conjunction with the health department. Families will be notified by Dr. Sassi if there is reason to believe their child may have been exposed. Again, if you do not hear from Dr. Sassi in the next 24 hours, your child is not believed to be at risk of exposure. Anyone who was exposed to the individual will be mandated to quarantine for 14 days from the last exposure date. 
  • One Central Valley student (A Cohort) has tested positive. Based on guidance from the health department, students who were present for in-person learning while the student was considered infectious have been required to quarantine for the next 14 days. Families of students who may have been exposed have been notified at this time.

It’s important to note that we are committed to keeping all Monroe-Woodbury school buildings open. Sapphire Elementary will reopen on Friday, October 30. Please rest assured that the health department has reaffirmed that our staff and students continue to implement the necessary protective measures to ensure the continued health and safety of our school community.  

I will continue to keep you informed on a regular basis as the situation progresses. I can’t thank you enough for your continued support, patience and cooperation. 

Warm regards,

Elsie Rodriguez
Superintendent of Schools