PORTVILLE, NY — A Portville Junior-Senior High School student has tested positive for COVID-19, prompting school officials to move students in grades 7-12 to online instruction until Nov. 2.

“The Cattaraugus County Health Department, in coordination with a special school contact tracing task force at the state level, has informed us that a significant number of teachers and students will be directed to quarantine due to being in contact with this student who tested positive for coronavirus,” Coralie McMahon, administrative assistant to the superintendent, wrote in a notice posted on the Portville Central School website.

“Unfortunately, in order to maintain in-person learning as we have been, we would need substitutes to fill in for those teachers who have been required to quarantine, and we simply do not have enough substitutes to fulfill this need," she wrote.

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According to the notice:

  • Students who attend career and technical education classes at BOCES who are not under quarantine will continue to attend classes at the Olean BOCES Center;
  • Students who participate in athletics who are not under quarantine will continue to practice as scheduled and play in regularly-scheduled games, and 
  • Students who do not have internet access at home and are not under quarantine will be allowed to come to school to work.

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