The following message was sent to families at Rensselaer Academy:

Dear Families:

This evening, we were notified that a student at Rensselaer Academy tested positive for COVID-19. The student was last on campus today.

At this time, we have identified and contacted all staff and families whose children came in close contact with the positive case. If you have not already been contacted by Questar III, there is no further action needed on your part.

Due to the impact on staffing, all classes at Rensselaer Academy will pivot to remote learning through Friday, February 26th when we will re-evaluate.

Your child’s teacher will reach out to discuss the plan for remote learning. Although this interruption of in-person instruction can be disconcerting, we are deeply committed to each student’s continued success in our program.

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 isolate due to a positive COVID-19 test must provide proof of release by their local health department before they can return to school.  Any individual that was identified to quarantined due to a close contact to a positive case may return to school following confirmation by the local health department.

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

Please visit for a question-and-answer video about COVID-19 protocols, testing and vaccination.

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

Andy Pemrick
Rensselaer Academy


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