Happy Juneteenth, everybody! I want to follow up on last night’s message about coronavirus cases in Pine Bush.
At the time I am recording/writing this message, we still stand at three active cases of COVID-19 in Pine Bush and they are all employees who work on-site at district office. All of the district office employees have been directed to self-quarantine for 14 days, and most are working from home as they are able. I count as one of them. Whenever one of us needs to perform an essential task (like completing payroll), we will come into the office. But largely, the public and Pine Bush employees should not be coming to our district offices, because no one will be there.
Since one of those individuals who tested positive, worked in the high school gymnasium on Wednesday with many other election inspectors counting ballots, and since it is entirely possible that more ballot counters could learn about positive test results in the coming days, the Health Department also recommended that all of those individuals be self-quarantined as well. Since many individuals in this group are also employees in every school and nearly every other office throughout the district, they will also be working from home as they are able.
There has been some concern among staff who may have interacted with the individuals who are now in mandated self-quarantine. The Health Department does not classify a contact of a contact in any risk category for which there is guidance. So we are advising anyone in this situation to contact your doctor if you have any concerns.
This unwelcome visit by the coronavirus may have been accelerated because many of us, social animals that we are, have gotten lax. I’ve noticed that frequently folks are having lunch in close quarters, without masks and not socially distanced. Let this be a reminder to all of us to be cautions and to keep our distance (more than 6 feet), even when we are socializing.
I do want to say again, just as I did last night, that none of these employees who either tested positive or have been directed to self-quarantine have been part of our food preparation and distribution program at our Children’s Meal Stops. And on that topic, please be reminded that next week is the last week for three meal stops. Starting on Tuesday, June 30, we will reduce to two meal stops but increase the number of meals each day through Aug. 13.
Also, none of the affected employees have jeopardized student belongings. So the last pick up at CVMS next Tuesday is on and all of the scheduled personal graduations at the high school will still proceed as scheduled. I’m just bummed that now I won’t be able to attend any of them.
Next Monday, June 22, the district will re-open for its regular business, but without a number of employees who are self-quarantined at home.
Have a great evening!
Tim O. Mains, Pine Bush Superintendent