Coronavirus appears to be making its way through Rockland schools. Rockland has also lost two more to the virus. The North Rockland Central School District is considering pausing in-person instruction in all its schools and going to a fully remote learning model during the holidays through the middle of January. In a letter sent to North Rockland parents, Superintendent Kris Felicello said rising positivity rates in the county and district could force the shift to full remote learning starting Monday, November 23rd. Felicello said yesterday the district learned of several positive COVID cases, including a student at Willow Grove Elementary, another student and a staff member at West Haverstraw Elementary, and an employee of Haverstraw Transit. A final decision on the potential move is expected this Monday.
Tappan Zee High School in the South Orangetown Central school district will be closed at least until Monday, perhaps longer, due to staffing issues, after an individual there tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday morning. Classes will continue online as scheduled.
Strawtown Elementary in Clarkstown Central was dismissed early yesterday after a student tested positive for COVID-19. The school will go 100% remote learning and return to hybrid instruction on Monday, November 23rd. Link Elementary was also sent home early yesterday after a Rockland BOCES staff member tested positive. Both schools will be closed for cleaning through Thursday. Classes at Link will be 100% hybrid until further notice.
Nyack High School is scheduled to re-open Friday after being closed October 29th due to a positive COVID test.
COVID-19 by the numbers now, here in Rockland, two more people have been lost to coronavirus, the total up now to 687. We’ve got one in the hospital being examined, another 24 have been confirmed with the virus, and a total of 992 active cases. The state says since the crisis began, we’ve had a total of 19,133 reported cases, 138 more than Tuesday.