Concerns over COVID-19 could cause many closures and cancellations in Halston Media's coverage area (Katonah, Lewisboro, Mahopac, North Salem, Somers and Yorktown). We'll keep you updated as we learn more from each town:
There are currently no cases "that we’re aware of" in the Katonah-Lewisboro School District, said Andrew Selesnick, Superintendent of Schools.
The Department of Health has said if/when there is a confirmed case, alerting the impacted school district is one of their highest priorities. KLSD is not canceling any trips or events in the coming days, but the district is mindful of future trips/events that require a non-refundable financial commitment. The district will be making those decisions on a case-by-case basis.
All school field trips are suspended and the North Salem Central School District urges students and staff to stay home if feeling sick.
School closure decisions will be made by the Department of Health. Those closures are labeled preemptive school closures, called to decrease transmission in communities where there have been confirmed COVID 19 cases and/or individuals who have been in close contact with a confirmed case. As of Thursday, March 5, there are no such individuals in the North Salem School District. Should a confirmed COVID 19 case and/or a close contact be detected, the DOH will provide notice to the school district, direct us on actions to take, and provide written communication to parents, staff and community members.
The next update from the North Salem schools will be issued on March 13, or sooner if necessary.
The Somers Central School District informed parents on Friday, March 6, that a parent of a Primrose Elementary School student has tested positive for the Corononavirus.
Other members of the family, including the Somers student, have tested negative for the Coronavirus and are currently under quarantine. The parent who tested positive has not visited the school in recent weeks.
After direct consultation with the Westchester County Department of Health, and out of an abundance of caution, both Somers school campuses are closed this weekend and will remain closed on Monday, March 9, said Superintendent Dr. Raymond Blanch.
The Lakeland School District participated in a webinar sponsored by the Department of Health for a formal briefing. The Department of Health describes the current status of the Covid 19/ Corona virus outbreak as a person to person transmission status where the focus is on containment. This focus means health officials are working to detect, track, and isolate cases. The district will be providing weekly updates on what it learns from the Department of Health, Department of Mental Health, the CDC and other authorities.
Yorktown is working in conjunction with both the Department of Health for Westchester County and the county is working directly with the Department of Health for New York State.
From Supervisor Matt Slater:
“We have our sanitation stations that are being installed next week. We also have our maintenance crew doing four cleanings a day in our public buildings, so we’re trying to be as proactive as we can. The senior advisory committee has made their decision to postpone their meeting for the month just out of an abundance of caution."
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