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Silver Creek elementary to go remote for 3 days after COVID staff concern

SILVER CREEK — All elementary classes in this district will be going remote from Monday to Wednesday.

According to a Facebook post by the Silver Creek Central Schools, the district learned two elementary staff members have unknowingly been in contact with COVID positive individuals.

“When the staff members learned of this, they immediately reported this information to their school supervisor, quarantined themselves, and either got a test or will be getting a test,” the post said.

Middle and high school students will continue the in-person hybrid learning model as normal.

“We have been constantly consulting with the Chautauqua County Department of Health and although there is no alarming concern because of our social distancing practices and face mask policy, we, as a district, believe it is best to do this because it involves two staff members who had unknowingly been exposed and then interacted with students,” the post said. “Therefore, we felt it best to await the COVID test result which we hope to have by Wednesday of this week.”

The district post said it would deliver student iPads and packets, including student belongings from their desks and cubbies on Monday afternoon during the normal afternoon bus run. At this same time, officials plan to deliver meals to families along with the students’ iPads, packets and belongings. The packets delivered Monday will include instruction and information for students and parents pertaining to the remote virtual learning that will begin Tuesday.

District officials will also offer an update on Tuesday.

“There has NOT been any positive COVID test results by any staff members at this time,” the notice said. “As stated prior, we felt it best to err on the side of extreme caution until we determine the test result at which time we will continue to work with the Chautauqua County Department of Health to conduct contact tracing if needed.”

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