The Cohoes City School District learned Friday of a confirmed COVID-19 case in the Cohoes High School community. Because the individual has not been in school since December 4 and did not have close or proximate contact with students or staff since that time, the Albany County Department of Health has advised that contact tracing procedures will not be necessary.
Staff and students at CHS continue to follow all recommended safety protocols, which include social distancing and mask wearing. Hand sanitizer stations are available in all classrooms and desks are sanitized at the conclusion of each class to minimize risk.
With these practices in mind, Cohoes High School will remain open for in-person instruction.
Please note that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other privacy laws restrict the district from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information and we cannot identify anyone who has tested positive.
The best plan for addressing the COVID-19 virus is to remain informed and follow these steps to help contain the spread of the virus:
- Keep at least a 6-foot distance between you and others when out in the community — even if you don’t feel sick or have any symptoms
- Wear a snug-fitting surgical or cloth face mask that covers your nose and mouth
- Stay home when you are sick
- Call your healthcare provider in advance of a visit
- Limit visitors to your home
Since reopening in September, our schools have continued to follow all prevention protocols in accordance with guidelines from the New York State Health Department and CDC — this includes a thorough cleaning and disinfecting of all school buildings, proper social distancing (6 feet), mask-wearing, as well as daily health screenings for all students and staff. Further information can be found in our Reopening Health and Safety Plan.
We will continue to work closely with the Albany County Department of Health and communicate any necessary updates via ParentSquare and our district website.