The following is from the Somers Central School District:
Dear Somers Families,
Today the district was informed that an individual with COVID-19 was at Somers High School while infectious. By law, we must maintain this person’s confidentiality, which prevents us from further identifying the individual and his/her reason for being in the school.
We are working collaboratively with the Westchester County Department of Health to identify any students who may have been exposed. The exposed individuals must quarantine for 14 days from the last exposure date and should be tested for COVID-19 five days after their last exposure. We will take the following actions:
- Students, faculty, and staff are being dismissed early and the school will be closed immediately.
- Somers High School will initially remain closed for 48 hours.
- The school will deliver instruction via eLearning starting tomorrow 9.25.20
- The school building will be disinfected following DOH and CDC guidelines.
- The school will begin contract tracing that will be communicated to the department of health.
The Westchester County Department of Health has a contact tracing system in place for Westchester County when there is a confirmed case of COVID-19. The intent is to identify those who have been in close contact with a positive person. Close contact means being within six feet of a person with COVID-19 for more than 10 minutes. If your child is identified as a close contact of the person who tested positive, you will receive a call from a contact tracer. For such calls, your caller ID may read NYS Contact Tracing or display a phone number with a (518) area code. Please answer these calls promptly and provide the Contact Tracers with the information they need to protect us all.Furthermore, the district will also send emails to families notifying them if their children have been identified as having contact with an individual that is positive. If you do not receive an email in the next 48 hours, your child is NOT believed to have any risk of exposure.
As a reminder, if you believe at any point you and/or your child may have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you and/or your child should self-quarantine and be tested. If you suspect your child is becoming ill, that child should stay home. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, sore throat, and runny nose. Additional symptoms include muscle pain, fatigue, and sometimes vomiting or diarrhea. You should consult with your physician for more medical advice.
Visit the NY State Find a Test Site Near You page and enter your address to view a list of the nearest testing sites. If you go to a testing site run by New York State, the test is free. For more information on COVID-19, please call (866) 588-0195 or visit the Westchester Department of Health homepage.
Please be assured that we will be transparent about any COVID-19 cases in our district, and we will keep you informed if more information needs to be communicated. Please contact your child’s school administrators if you have any additional questions or concerns.
Dr. Raymond H. Blanch
Superintendent of Schools