March 3 Update: Three new cases of COVID-19 confirmed

We have learned of three new confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in our school community.

One new case connected to the Watervliet Elementary School community was reported today, March 3. One classroom will switch to remote learning through March 11. School administrators have notified all individuals considered to be contacts of the need to quarantine as a precaution, as per health department guidelines. March 5 Update: The precautionary quarantine for this classroom has been extended by one day. Remote learning will remain in effect through March 12. All individuals have been notified by school administration. 

A second case involves an individual in our remote learning program. Since there was no exposure at school, no contact tracing was required by the district.

The third new case involves an individual from the Watervliet Jr.-Sr. High School community. Due to the time the individual was last on campus, the health department has advised that no additional contact tracing is necessary.

We remind families, teachers and staff members of steps you can take to stay safe:

  • Maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet at all times from those who do not live with you.
  • Always wear a mask that covers both the mouth and nose when you are out of 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.
  • Complete the COVID-19 daily health screening/attestation each day before entering school or boarding the school bus.
  • DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL OR COME TO WORK WHEN FEELING SICK OR EXHIBITING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS: fever, fatigue/tiredness, muscle/body aches or pains, congestion, cough, runny nose, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, nausea/vomiting or diarrhea, headache, loss of taste or smell, rash, feeling sick or unwell in any way.

If you or your child are experiencing symptoms, please 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

We thank you for your continued patience and cooperation.

(This message was sent to WCSD families and staff via One Call Now email on March 3.)