A student at South Side High School and a parent of a Wilson Elementary School student have tested positive for COVID-19, district officials reported. This follows the first reported case of a South Side High School staff member on March 19. Students and staff are advised to remain in precautionary isolation until March 27.
In a letter to parents, Superintendent Dr. William Johnson said the parent had last been in Wilson School on March 13.
Johnson said that the cases were reported to the Nassau County Department of Health, which advised students and staff to remain isolated “out of an abundance of caution” to protect themselves and family members.
According to the county Health Department, precautionary isolation means voluntarily removing yourself from contact with others. This includes staying at least six feet away from other people, sleeping in separate rooms and using separate bathrooms, if possible, and having food brought in from a separate location, if possible. Family members should be extra diligent about personal hygiene measures, such as sanitizing surfaces and hand washing frequently.
Those who become ill should not go to a medical facility, Johnson said, but instead should call to arrange a medical consultation with a medical provider or the New York State Department of Health. Further updates will be posted on the district’s website.
The district is also taking measures to enforce social distancing rules by limiting access to outdoor facilities. All playgrounds are closed, Johnson said, though the high school and middle school tracks remain open for public use.
“We need, however, to ask that anyone who uses those facilities respect the rights of others,” Johnson said, “and not engage in activities that compromise the safety of anyone else or violates any of the guidelines of social distancing.”