More Westchester and Rockland schools are closing or canceling activities, due to the coronavirus.
Somers Central School District will be closed this weekend and on Monday, after a parent of a Primrose Elementary School student tested positive for the coronavirus, schools Superintendent Raymond H. Blanch said in a message to families. Maintenance staff will deep-clean all four school buildings, based on state health officials’ recommendation.
The parent has not visited the school in recent weeks, the message said. Other family members including the student have tested negative for the coronavirus. Still, Blanch said the cleaning was being done out of an abundance of caution.
In East Ramapo Central School district, five students have been quarantined for exposure to the coronavirus, schools Superintendent Deborah L. Wortham said in a message. None of the children are showing any actual coronavirus symptoms, she said the district was advised by Rockland County health officials.
The students attend Hempstead Elementary School, Pomona Middle School, Chestnut Ridge Middle School, Spring Valley High School and Ramapo High School, her message said.
All scheduled activities at the district’s schools are canceled this weekend. The affected buildings will be cleaned beginning Saturday, Wortham said.
East Ramapo school district officials are assessing the situation with the Rockland County Department of Health and state Department of Education, Wortham said. And she advised parents to watch for information on potential scheduled changes next week.
The private Westchester Day School in Mamaroneck will be closed until March 17, after a student tested positive for coronavirus, according to a message on the village of Mamaroneck website.“The village of Mamaroneck will be as supportive as we can for our neighbors at Westchester Day School,” Mayor Tom Murphy said in the statement on the village website. “Mamaroneck is known as ‘The Friendly Village’. We are a community of neighbors that comes together during difficult times. This health situation requires us to be alert, but we also don’t want to panic. Let’s not make fear our master! Keep washing those hands as often as possible!”
On Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York state had 44 people under a mandatory quarantine, including 33 in Westchester. About 4,000 people are under "precautionary" quarantine in more than two dozen counties, including 2,700 in the city and 1,000 in Westchester.