Important Message from the Superintendent
Dear Sewanhaka Central High School District Family,
This afternoon, Sunday, September 6th, it was confirmed by the Nassau County Health Department that a staff member at New Hyde Park Memorial High School has tested positive for COVID-19. As a result of the positive diagnosis, a full investigation, which included contact tracing, was completed by the Nassau County Health Department. This investigation determined that nine additional staff members were considered a close contact (defined as within 6 feet for a prolonged period of time – for 10 minutes or more) and that there were no additional exposures to staff other than those contacted by the Department of Health.
According to the guidelines from the New York State Department of Health and the Nassau County Health Department, the individual who tested positive for COVID-19 will not be allowed to return to school for ten days and after a negative test result has been provided to the district. In addition, the staff members who had close contact with the individual who was diagnosed with COVID-19 will be required to quarantine for fourteen days.
We were advised by the Nassau County Health Department that no additional testing or quarantines are necessary for any other individuals, including staff who attended Superintendent's Conference Day activities on September 2nd and 3rd.
We will continue to work closely with the Commissioner of Health and the Nassau County Health Department and take all necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of our school community. The building, especially the rooms the staff member attended meetings in, will all be cleaned and disinfected. The Department of Health has advised us that after that cleaning, the building is safe to reopen.
As always, the health and safety of our students and staff is our foremost priority. Unless we are notified otherwise, New Hyde Park Memorial will be open on Tuesday, September 8th and 9th for staff development days for teachers and for the first day of instruction for students on September 10th.
Dr. James Grossane
Superintendent of Schools