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Birchwood Positive Case - 2.23.2021

Dear Birchwood Parents, Guardians and Staff, 

We were informed this morning that a staff member at Birchwood School has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was in school yesterday, Monday, February 22 during their infectious period.  The Rockland County Department of Health was notified and will conduct contact tracing. 

Those who were in close contact with this employee during the school day were informed directly by the Principal, School Secretary or the Coordinator of Health Services and were not in attendance today. They were also provided information on the steps needed to return to work, which may include a 10-day quarantine period. 

Due to the contained nature of the exposure and limited impact on staffing,  Birchwood will remain open for instruction.  The exposure classroom and other areas will undergo a deep cleaning this evening. 

The District has a multi-layer approach to keeping our students and staff safe. Wearing masks, social distancing, hand washing and hand sanitizer use are important safety measures we are taking at all of our schools.  We want to emphasize the importance of completing and reporting your health screening results each day you or your child is in our school building or on our buses.  The webpage can provide more information on this process. 

Thank you.

Stay strong! Stay healthy!


Jon Slaybaugh
Birchwood School Principal 

Martin D. Cox, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools 

Sue Sherlock, F.N.P. 
Coordinator of Health Services