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October 16 Update from NCS

Dear NCS Parents and Guardians:
Earlier today, the Steuben County Department of Health (SCDOH) informed me that an athlete on the Dundee/Bradford Boys Varsity Team tested positive for COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, the SCDOH also notified me that they would be placing the majority of our Boys Varsity players under quarantine from October 16 through October 22 because of a competition that took place on October 8.
I want to emphasize that the reason for the quarantine has to do with a relatively low risk exposure, and not a positive COVID-19 test for any students or staff members at NCS. In addition, because the quarantine will only impact a small number of individuals, the SCDOH has advised us to continue as planned with our normal school schedule and operations next week.
Although this is the first time I have had to communicate with you directly regarding a positive COVID-19 diagnosis in the region, it is reasonable to expect that it will not be the last. As we move further into the year, it is critical that we all remain focused on the well-being of our school community. By taking daily health screenings, wearing face coverings, honoring social distancing, and practicing proper hand hygiene, we can all do our part to keep NCS healthy and safe.
As always, please do not hesitate to call or email (585-374-7901, if you have any questions or concerns. While privacy guidelines will understandably prevent me from sharing identifying information, I would be happy to talk about any of the precautions or protocols we have put in place throughout the reopening process.
Matt Frahm
Superintendent of Schools