South Orangetown Central School District

Sent via SchoolMessenger on April 11, 2021

The District has been notified that two individuals at Cottage Lane Elementary School have tested positive for COVID-19. For one case, the exposure dates were Tuesday, April 6; Wednesday, April 7 and Thursday, April 8. For the other case, the exposure date was Friday, April 9.

Contact tracing for both cases have begun and will be completed by this evening. Those identified as contacts are being called by the District and may also receive a call from a Contact Tracer from the Department of Health.

  • For such calls, your caller ID may read “NYS Contact Tracing” or display a phone number with a 518 area code.
  • Please promptly answer these calls.
  • Your identity and the information you share will remain confidential.
  • Please provide Contact Tracers with the information they need to protect our entire School District community.

While there have been several reported cases at Cottage Lane Elementary School over the past few days, there is no evidence of in-school transmission to date. COVID-19 health and safety procedures, including daily questionnaires, temperature checks, masking, physical distancing and enhanced cleaning/disinfection remain in effect district-wide. However, it is critical that students and staff who are not feeling well remain at home and notify their school nurse (students) or Director of Staff Relations Joseph Lloyd, Ph.D. (staff).

We are looking forward to having both of our elementary schools open for full-time, in-person instruction tomorrow. Please keep in mind that while physical distancing requirements for elementary school students has been reduced to three feet, New York State quarantine guidelines require those within six feet of a reported case for 10 minutes or more during the exposure period to quarantine. We continue to strongly encourage parents to have a childcare plan in place should their children be required to quarantine or in the event that schools must temporarily shift to remote learning.

Thank you for your continued support as we move forward with this next phase of returning students to school full-time.