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More Elmont classes quarantined, schools closed


More Elmont students are learning remotely, as coronavirus cases continue to rise in the community.

At the elementary school level, students at the Stewart Manor school and the Dutch Broadway School were quarantined, after someone at the Stewart Manor School started experiencing “hallmark Covid-19 symptoms” and two staff members at the Dutch Broadway School were considered to be close contacts of people with the virus, Superintendent Kenneth Rosner announced on Nov. 15. These individuals and their classes have been instructed to quarantine, he said, but no student or staff member has tested positive in either situation.

At the high school level, meanwhile, Superintendent James Grossane decided to close Sewanhaka High School on Nov. 17 and 18, after two staff members there tested positive for the virus. All staff and students would work remotely during this time, Grossane said, and students in the district’s Career and Technical Education program — which is based at Sewanhaka — would remain at their home school, where they would participate in CTE classes remotely.

The closure provides district officials with time to deep clean and disinfect the building, Grossane explained, and once the Nassau County Health Department completes its contact tracing, he said, he will be able to inform the public about the length of the closure.