Important Information From Dr. Cook – April 29, 2021: Positive COVID-19 Cases, CMS Shifts to Virtual Learning April 30

(April 29, 2021)

Dear Catskill CSD Families,

Late this afternoon, I was informed that two middle school students and one high school student have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Both middle school students were last at school on April 27, the high school student was last at school on April 26. Contact tracing is required for all three cases. Our District is assisting the Greene County Department of Public Health (GC DOPH) with conducting the contact tracing. If you are contacted by a school official or the GC DOPH, please give them your full cooperation. If you are not directly contacted by a school official or the GC DOPH, you will not need to take any action. 

As a precautionary measure and to allow time to complete the contact tracing, Catskill Middle School will shift to fully-remote (virtual) learning for tomorrow, Friday, April 30. All CMS students will report to classes online, CMS instructional staff will work virtually from home. CMS nurses, clerical, custodial and administrative staff should report to work as usual. I will provide an update tomorrow afternoon regarding the reopening of CMS for Monday, May 3. 

Catskill High School and Catskill Elementary School will remain open for in-person learning as normal. 

While I understand that you may want more details, privacy laws prohibit us from sharing or confirming personally identifiable information about anyone who has tested positive.

If you have particular questions or concerns, you may contact the GC DOPH at (518) 719-3600. As always, I can be reached at (518) 943-4696 for questions as well.

Respectfully submitted,

Dr. Ronel Cook
Superintendent of Schools


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