COVID-19 cases update – Friday, September 17, 2021

GASD staff, students and families,

Greater Amsterdam School District administrators have been notified of the following confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 reported to us during the time period from the start of school and summer sports practices and band camps to Friday, September 17, 2021. The cases are as follows:

  • Tecler Elementary School – 1 student reported positive
  • McNulty Academy – 1 student reported positive
  • Barkley Elementary School – 2 students and 1 adult reported positive
  • Lynch Literacy Academy – 4 students reported positive
  • Amsterdam High School – 5 students reported positive

New York State is in the process of preparing a COVID-19 state dashboard to report cases in school. Though still not active, it can be found at the following link:

https://schoolcovidreportcard.health.ny.gov/#/home

Upon receiving the information, district nurses began working with local and state health officials to identify anyone who may have been in close contact with these individuals and the need to quarantine. Some cases have been self-reported by staff or parents and not yet confirmed by the health department due to a backlog of cases in the county. Some of the infected may have already completed the required quarantine time period.

This notification is part of our commitment to keep you informed during these uncertain times. However, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other privacy laws restrict district officials from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information. Therefore, we cannot identify by name anyone who has tested positive. We will continue to work closely with our health officials and we will follow their guidance on how to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment.

If you, your student or staff have tested positive for COVID-19 we ask that you contact their school immediately. As always, the health and safety of the students, staff, and community in the GASD remains our top priority.