Valley Central student tests positive for COVID-19

MONTGOMERY – An Alternative Learning Center student has tested positive for COVID-19, Valley Central School District Superintendent John Xanthis announced on Friday.

In a letter to the school community, he said the Orange County Health Department will “identify and contact the parents/guardians of all students and staff that they determine are probable ‘close contacts’ in the classroom/school or on the school bus.”

He said the health department will inform those who need to quarantine.

Xanthis said they are “confident that the protocols that we have put in place in our schools including social distancing, the requirement for wearing masks throughout the day, and cleaning and sanitizing practices will help minimize the spread of this virus to others.”

He also urged parents/guardians “to do their part by checking their child’s temperature each morning and check for any symptoms of COVID-19.” He said anyone with a fever of 100 degrees or more, or any symptoms of the virus must remain at home and the parent or guardian should contact their healthcare provider and school nurses for further procedures and protocols.

The latest information from the State Health Department has found the Mid-Hudson region had the highest positivity rate for COVID-19 at 1.7 percent.


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