Falconer Moves To Online Instruction After Elementary Student Tests Positive For COVID-19

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FALCONER – The Falconer Central School District has elected to move to complete online instruction through October 13 for grades three through six after another student tested positive for COVID-19 at Harvey C. Fenner Elementary School; the third positive case in the district.

In a statement related on the districts website, the student who tested positive was last in school on Wednesday, September 23 and since has been isolated. School officials have contacted the Chautauqua County Department of Health who have now started identifying and contact-tracing individuals identified as close contacts to the student.

On September 25, the district reported two students had tested positive for COVID-19. One case was a student at Harvey C. Fenner Elementary and the other at Falconer Middle School. According to officials, those students have not been in school since Friday, September 18.

“We are working with the health department and are taking all the recommended steps to ensure the safety of our students and staff” the statement said.
“These individuals and any others identified by the health department as being close contacts will be expected to follow quarantine and isolation guidelines and will not return to school until they have completed all procedures for COVID-19, as directed by the Chautauqua County Department of Health.”
Per the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act  and the Health Insurance Portability & Accounting Act requirements, the district cannot release any further details about the student.
Officials have stated they will provide further updates if additional steps will need to be taken by the District. Officials also remind parents to continue to monitor their children for symptoms and have them stay home if they are sick.

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