Two classes at Avon Elementary School are switching to remote learning for two weeks after the district learned Thursday morning that a staff member at the school had tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement from District Superintendent Ryan P. Pacatte.

The staff member notified the district immediately upon receiving the test results, Pacatte said in a letter addressed to the Avon community and posted to the district’s website.

District officials then collaborated with the school’s nurses, school physician and the Livingston County Department of Health to coordinate the school’s response. The classes involved were isolated and affected persons sent home, Pacatte said.

Contact tracing was completed collaboratively, he said, and the county Department of Health will be making contact with those involved.

“Our medical professionals and the LCDOH agree that a 14 day precautionary quarantine is warranted,” Pacatte said. “Two classrooms will be moved to remote instruction for this period of time.”

The two-week quarantine will include both staff and students.

Personal communications were had with students, staff and families, Pacatte said in a statement on the district’s website.

Additional information on the affected classrooms or personnel were not released by the district, which cited federal privacy laws against disclose personal identifiable information.

In a separate COVID-19 related issue, some classes at Avon Middle School were temporarily relocated on Thursday after a staff member was contacted by a family member that morning and communicated that she had tested positive for COVID-19, Pacatte said in a statement posted on the District’s website.

The statement said the staff member and family had spent time together during the weekend. The employee was sent home and asked to contact her primary health care provider for additional direction, Pacattte said.

After consulting with the school nurse, school physicians and the county Department of Health, the district was advised that no additional measures were required at the time based on current guidance, Pacatte said.

“However, out of an abundance of caution, some classes at the Middle School were temporarily relocated so the classrooms could again be cleaned and sanitized by our facilities staff,” Pacatte said.

The superintendent, in his statement, called the issues “unfortunate” and said “they are good reminders that we all need to continue to do our part.”

Pacatte asked the Avon community to continue “to practice all of the good hygiene measures that give us the best chance to limit the spread. Please be sure to stay on top of the screening requirements expected for all of us.”

The Avon Central case was not reflected on the state COVID-19 School Dashboard as of Thursday evening, with data last updated on Oct. 14.

Avon becomes the ninth district serving GLOW region students to report a positive COVID-19 test among a student or staff member.

Among other area districts, Elba Central has had a total of six students test positive for COVID-19, the Yorkshire-Pioneer Central School District has had four total cases – three senior high school students and a middle school staff member; while Dansville Central School has reported two cases – a Primary School student prior to the first day of class and a staff member at Ellis B. Hyde Elementary School. Single cases have been reported among a Geneseo Central student, a Manor Intermediate School student in the Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School district; a staff member at Livonia Central School, a staff member at Le Roy Junior-Senior High School, and an elementary student in the Albion Central School District.

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