December 5, 2021

Groton student ‘positive’ for virus

coronavirus particles

GROTON — A Groton Junior-Senior High School student has tested positive for coronavirus, but the school remained open today, according to a letter from the Groton Central School District superintendent sent to parents.

“The student who tested positive did not attend school while symptomatic and is currently in isolation,” Superintendent Margo Martin said in the letter posted Sunday on the Groton Community Facebook page.

Martin said the Tompkins County Health Department had completed contact tracing for the individual and notified all close contacts of that person. Those close contacts are now in quarantine, Martin said in the letter.

Martin’s letter also had a statement from Tompkins County Public Health Director Frank Kruppa addressing the situation and families.

“Groton has implemented thorough reopening plans and safety precautions to decrease the risk of exposure, including a daily health screening application in partnership with the Cayuga Medical System,” Kruppa’s statement said. “We are working closely with Superintendent Martin and school officials to ensure that precautions are being taken to stop the spread, and to make sure students, families, and staff have the information they need to stay safe and healthy.”

Martin said the school district is taking all necessary precautions, including regularly cleaning and disinfecting all school facilities.

“All areas where the individual who tested positive was present have been cleaned following an additional set of protocols outlined in our reopening plan,” Martin said.

Martin also asked that community members remember to wear a mask when they cannot socially distance, wash their hands often and think about activities both inside and outside the school to ensure that everything is being done to stop the spread.

“As a community, we know our students need to be in school,” she said.

“Please consider your interactions inside and outside of school so we can prevent future cases.”