COVID-19 Notification

Members of the Rensselaer City School District Community:

WE HAVE RECEIVED UPDATED/CORRECTED CONTACT TRACING INFORMATION SINCE OUR LAST NOTIFICATION RESULTING IN FURTHER CONTACT TRACING AND A SHORTAGE OF AVAILABLE TEACHERS IN 9-12.

Our school is informing parents and guardians that an 11th grade student in Rensselaer Junior Senior High School and a 6th grade student at Van Rensselaer Elementary School have been diagnosed with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). These students were both last on school premises on Monday, December 7th and did have direct exposure with classmates and teachers.  We have also been informed of a 10th grade student at Rensselaer Junior Senior High School that was last in school on Thursday, December 10th.  Each of the students and staff members that were exposed are being contacted directly from our school nurses and will be on quarantined for 14 days from the last potential exposure.

There is one additional student on remote instruction in the Rensselaer Junior Senior High School that has tested positive for the virus.  This case poses no new risk of exposure at school.

The Rensselaer City School District will remain OPEN during this time, however grades 9-12 will operate in a fully remote status through next week.  Teachers that have not been quarantined will teach from their classrooms. We will return to live classes on Monday, January 4. This action is being taken out of an abundance of caution and due to a quarantine-related staffing shortage.  

We continue to work closely with the Rensselaer County Health Department.  We will follow the NYSDOH established A, B, C’s of contact tracing and the NYSDOH school guidance.

As an important reminder, please do not enter the building if you do not meet the screening criteria.  If you have been in direct contact with a COVID-19 positive person, do not come in.  If you have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results, do not come in.  If you have traveled out of state per the NYS travel advisory list, do not come in.  If you are experiencing any new or unexpected COVID-19 symptoms, do not come in.

Thanks in advance to all of you for helping and doing your part to keep the community safe.  We want to do everything that we can to keep school open, our #fRAMily together, and continue live instruction safely.

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