Hastings-on-Hudson and Mount Vernon schools will be closed Thursday and Friday because of the coronavirus, the school superintendents Valerie Henning-Pedmonte and Kenneth Hamilton said Wednesday.
"This afternoon we were notified that a parent, whose children attend school in our district, was physically present in a location that was closed due to contact with a person who is under quarantine from the coronavirus," the Hastings superintendent said in a short letter to parents. "Out of abundance of caution, we are closing all schools for two days to sanitize the buildings."
Henning-Pedmonte said the district will update the Hastings parents each day the school is closed.
District officials didn't return calls and an email seeking comment about whether anyone tested positive for the virus.Tracking the spread of coronavirus cases in the US and worldwide
In Mount Vernon, a physician advised school officials that two of the district's students from the same family (one at Columbus School and one at Rebecca Turner Elementary School) and their family have been quarantined for possible exposure to virus.
"We have been further advised by the children’s physician that the students have not shown any actual symptoms at this time," the district said in a statement on social media.
Like Hastings, Mount Vernon schools will be closed until Monday so they can be sanitized, but the students won't return to school for at least the next two weeks, according to the district.
"Please be assured the Mount Vernon City School District is coordinating its response efforts in concert with the City of Mount Vernon and New York State," the district said in a statement.
While Hastings-on-Hudson and Mount Vernon school districts are two of the first public school districts in New York state to close because of the virus, other schools have done the same.
The family of the New Rochelle man who came down with the virus either went to or had family that attend SAR Academy and High School and Yeshiva University. The SAR High School is going to be closed until after Purim, which is next week, and the SAR Elementary School will be closed until Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a Wednesday afternoon news conference.
The synagogue is going to be closed until March 8, which will be 14 days from the initial convening and those individuals will be on self-quarantine, the governor said.
Then the Yeshiva University will be closed until Friday, according to Cuomo.
Another person, who is a friend, came into contact with the 50-year-old lawyer from New Rochelle and tested positive for the virus, as did the person's wife, two sons and daughter, the governor said.
Those children attend the Westchester Torah Academy, will be closed until Friday, he said, which is when the situation will be reevaluated.