Pal-Mac Health and Safety Update
Sunday, November 15, 2020 5:36 PM
The Wayne County Public Health Department (WCPH) has confirmed:
1 additional positive COVID-19 case for a student at Pal-Mac High School resulting in select students and staff being directed to quarantine. (Total Current Positive Cases for Pal-Mac HS Students: 6; Staff: 0).
2 positive COVID-19 cases for students at Pal-Mac Middle School resulting in select students and staff being directed to quarantine. (Total Current Positive Cases for Pal-Mac MS Students: 2; Staff: 1).
As a result of any potential exposure the District will take the following actions, in alignment with the Department of Health:
Select students and staff will be directed to quarantine by the WCPH. Each student/staff member affected by this direction will be contacted directly by a contact tracing agency who has been hired by WCPH. This contact will happen within 72 hours.
Through their contact tracing protocols, the WCPH will directly contact any student/parent or staff if additional action is required.
As a courtesy and prior to the WCPH contact tracing phone call, the district is making every effort to contact affected families. The district will continue to provide information on the district’s website should other positive cases arise at Pal-Mac. As positive test results and resulting quarantines are matters of confidentiality and privacy, we are unable to share specifics regarding this matter. However, be assured we will continue to work collaboratively with the WCPH and follow their guidance as we navigate our response to this situation.
None of the positive Pal-Mac student cases to date have resulted from exposure in the school setting. Based on information provided by WCPH, all exposures have occurred in personal/community settings. We ask our school community to continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, washing hands, practicing social distancing, and avoiding any large gatherings.
The District will continue to adhere to New York State guidelines to create the safest possible learning environment for students and staff. This includes the cleaning and disinfection of exposed areas, with such cleaning and disinfection to include, at a minimum, all heavy transit areas and high-touch surfaces as detailed by the Centers for Disease Control.
All students and staff are to complete the daily health screenings prior to boarding a school bus or coming to school. Students and staff should not come to school when feeling ill. We ask our school community to continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, washing hands, practicing social distancing, and avoiding any large gatherings.
Notification from a contact tracer only applies to the specific student/staff member and not your entire family. Students should directly contact their teachers regarding schoolwork. Questions should be directed to the Wayne County Public Health Department at 315-946-5749.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding.