Communicating positive COVID-19 cases at South Colonie

As we prepare to reopen schools next week, we wanted to keep our families informed about the communication procedures related to positive COVID-19 cases in our district.

Under our COVID-19 communications procedures, the district will send a message in the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19. These messages will be sent to that school’s parents/guardians and employees via the district’s mass notification system, Blackboard Connect. The district will also send a message to the parents/guardians and employees in the remainder of the district, informing them of a confirmed case in a specific school building. Information about positive cases within the South Colonie Central School District will also be available to view on the dashboard updated daily by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)

Please note, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other privacy laws restrict us from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information. We cannot identify anyone who has tested positive.

We are committed to keeping you informed while also respecting the federal and state laws that prohibit the release of confidential medical information. It is the role of the Albany County Department of Health to contact individuals who were potentially exposed and should be tested. 

If the confirmed case changes school operations (an unplanned remote learning day, etc.), we will also send a phone call in the impacted building. 

Reminder to keep contact information up-to-date

Please make sure that the contact information that you have provided is still current. If you need to make changes to your contact information, please notify your child(ren)’s school directly.

More Information

A full copy of our reopening plan can be found here.
Albany County Department of Health Website