GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. (WWNY) - A positive COVID-19 case sends Gouverneur Central Schools to fully remote learning for the next month.
On Facebook, the school’s superintendent addressed the positive test and the decision to pull kids out of school until after Thanksgiving.
“And what is most important is that we’ve had a staff member test positive for COVID,” said Superintendent Lauren French.
Gouverneur Central Superintendent Lauren French addressed the district on Facebook live Tuesday evening. The schools have been remote learning since Monday while officials waited for the test results. Now that they have a positive, the schools will be going remote until November 30th.
“Really it’s our desire to act aggressively to keep our scholars safe. And I know that, for a lack of a better word, sometimes it makes people think that we are or I am over aggressive. I don’t apologize for that," said French.
Eight staff members and eight students have been told to quarantine out of precaution. And French said roughly 50 students and staff have been contacted about possibly being exposed.
But what really concerns French is one student who had family members test positive for COVID.
“That student was in attendance all of last week, particularly Wednesday, Thursday, Friday being days where that student potentially could have been contagious or infectious," said French.
French is not saying which school in Gouverneur had the positive test. But public health officials will be notifying anyone that might have come in contact with that individual through contact tracing.