The following was sent to Rensselaer Educational Center families:

We have been notified today of two separate COVID-19 positive cases at the Rensselaer Educational Center:

  • Student 1 – last on campus on January 15. Due to the length of time that passed between when the student was last on campus and when the student began showing symptoms, there is no need for in-school contact tracing.
  • Student 2 – last on campus on January 11. At this time, we have identified and contacted all staff and families whose children came in close contact with this positive case. If you have not already been contacted today by Questar III, there is no further action needed on your part regarding contact tracing. One of our programs at REC will pivot to remote instruction tomorrow, January 20 and Thursday, January 21 due to quarantines and the availability of staff. All other programs at REC will remain in-person.

While we understand that you may want additional details, privacy laws restrict us from disclosing or confirming any personal identifiable information. We appreciate your understanding.

All students or staff directed to quarantine due to close contact to a positive case or that have been required to isolate due to a positive COVID-19 test must provide proof of release by their local health department before they can return to school.

We are working in close partnership with our public health partners and will continue to follow state and local guidance regarding our response to the ongoing pandemic. Please be reminded that we must all work together to help stop the spread of COVID-19. You can assist our efforts by wearing masks, social distancing, washing your hands, limiting your exposure from others outside your household (including avoiding group gatherings), and staying home if you or your child are sick or awaiting results of a COVID-19 test.

Please continue to monitor yourself or your child/children for any symptoms of COVID-19 and report any absences and positive test results to our office immediately. Symptoms vary, and some people may not experience any symptoms. Contact your healthcare provider (or a local urgent care or the county health department if you do not have one) to be assessed if you or your child have one or more of these new or worsening symptoms:

  • a temperature greater or equal to 100.0° F
  • feel feverish or have chills
  • cough
  • loss of taste or smell
  • fatigue
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath
  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • muscle pain or body aches
  • headaches or nasal congestion/running nose

Thank you all for your ongoing efforts to keep our school safe and healthy. Please contact me directly with any questions or concerns.

Anthony Defazio
Rensselaer Educational Center

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