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COVID-19 Update (November 13): Positive Case & 2nd Grade Schedule Starting November 16

November 13, 2020

The following message from District Superintendent, Dr. Abitabile, was emailed to all Lansingburgh families the evening of Friday, November 13.

The full message is below and also available as a PDF on district letterhead here.

All school reopening news and COVID-19 updates can be found on the district’s Reopening Updates page here.


Lansingburgh School Community,

Since last night’s correspondence, we now have more details about the exposure of COVID-19 throughout Turnpike Elementary School, including a 2nd positive case. Both positive cases are teachers who are assigned to remote instruction and therefore do not have any direct contact with students. As a precautionary measure, the Rensselaer County Department of Health is requiring multiple staff members to quarantine as well.

THE EXTENT OF THE QUARANTINE IS SUCH THAT WE ARE MOVING THE 2ND GRADE (WITH THE EXCEPTION OF MR. MIRON, MS. KULZER AND MS. ASCIOTI’S CLASSES) TO REMOTE INSTRUCTION, BEGINNING MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH WITH AN ANTICIPATED DATE OF RETURN OF MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH.

Families have already received informational “COVID CLOSURE PACKETS” should the need arise to shift to remote instruction. Electronic devices have already been purchased in anticipation of this eventually happening and will be distributed according to a schedule that Mr. Knox will be sending to 2nd grade families over the weekend.

ONCE AGAIN, IF YOU WERE NOT CONTACTED, THERE IS NO FURTHER ACTION NEEDED ON YOUR PART.

We are grateful to the Rensselaer County Department of Health for their guidance and assistance throughout this process. I will continue communicating with all of you, as the situation continues to develop. In the meantime, please continue following all health and safety guidelines in an effort to keep our entire community healthy.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding during these unusual times.

Respectfully,

Dr. Antonio W. Abitabile, Ed. D.

LCSD Superintendent