Feb. 9 Update: Notification of two positive COVID cases, one classroom to move to remote learning this week

One new positive case of COVID-19 connected to the Watervliet Elementary School community was reported today, Feb. 9. One classroom will switch to remote learning this week, and school administrators have notified all individuals considered to be contacts of the need to quarantine as a precaution, as per health department guidelines.

We also learned that one individual involved in our remote learning program at Watervliet Jr.-Sr. High School has tested positive for COVID. Since there was no exposure at school, no contact tracing was required by the district.

Please remember to complete the daily health screening/attestation every day before entering school and continue to follow the safety protocols that remain in place for students and staff:

  • Always wear a mask that covers both the mouth and nose when you are out of your home or if someone from outside your household visits your home.
  • Wash hands with soap and water frequently when out of your home. If you cannot use soap and water, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Don’t touch the eyes, nose or mouth unless your hands are clean.
  • Contact your medical provider if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, congestion or runny nose.
  • Do not come to school if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above. In addition, if an individual in your household is symptomatic and is awaiting the results of a COVID test, please do not send your child to school.

If you or your child are experiencing symptoms, contact your health care provider immediately. COVID-19 testing information is available by calling the New York State Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline at (888) 364-3065 or visit the Albany County Department of Health website.