WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Approximately 100 students in the Beaver River Central School District are in quarantine for 2 weeks. That’s about an eighth of the student body.
District Superintendent Todd Green said an elementary school student and staff member, who works in middle and high school section of the building, tested positive for COVID-19 over the last 2 days.
“This gives us a good reminder that we need to make sure we are following the protocols in place," said Green.
The district is working with Lewis County Public Health to perform contact tracing, which led to the quarantine of about 100 students.
Green said the COVID-positive student was not physically present in school during the time that he/she was infectious.
The concern about COVID cases comes after a church in the school district was identified as the source of a coronavirus cluster.
Lewis County Public Health Agency officials said 10 of the cases are connected to an October 11 religious gathering at the Apostolic Christian Church in the town of New Bremen. It’s just 5 miles away from the school.
Officials said local people, mixed with people from outside New York. According to officials, the people traveled to the region from states on New York’s travel advisory list and broke state rules by not quarantining for 2 weeks. Only some were wearing masks.
It’s unclear if any of the out of state visitors were COVID-positive.
Green said he believes there is a connection between that event and the cases in his building.
“It raises the level of concern for sure. You know, we are making sure all of the protocols are being followed. Our students have been wonderful with the masking and the social distancing," he said.
The superintendent said the district has no plans to change its classroom schedule at this time.
“We are looking at what Monday and Tuesday could look like with the number of students that are out to determine if we need to adjust the schedule,” he said. “We are going to continue the protocols in place. We will keep your students safe. We know that having them in school is important as well as being safe, so we will make sure there is a balance there. The folks that are quarantined, continue to work with public health on their requirements and we will continue to work with the academic side of things to make sure their students are up to speed.”
Green said if parents get no phone call from public health by the end of the day Thursday, their household wasn’t exposed to COVID at school.