Great Neck Public Schools
SCHOOL REOPENING 2020-2021
Positive COVID-19 Case at John F. Kennedy School
September 18, 2020
Dear GNPS Community:
Very early this morning, our district received notification that a student at the John F. Kennedy School has tested positive for COVID-19. Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual’s identity cannot be released.
In accordance with our District protocol at the elementary level, the teacher and students in class with the infected individual have transitioned to remote instruction for a period of 14 calendar days. Members of this class were contacted directly and are not in school today. All other classes at JFK will continue with in-person learning.
The infected student has had very limited interaction with other JFK students or staff. Our buildings are cleaned and disinfected every evening, and the spaces accessible by the individual (including the classroom, hallways, and bathrooms) were sanitized again early this morning before the start of the school day.
We are working with the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) as they conduct contact tracing. The DOH will contact individuals identified as “close contacts” and inform them of the next steps. Close contact is defined as being within six feet of the infected individual for at least 10 minutes, without a mask. Anyone who is not directly notified can conclude their child has not been deemed a close contact, and there is nothing more they need to do at this time.
Guidelines from the DOH require infected individuals and members of their household to quarantine for 14 days. Further, District protocols require individuals who test positive for COVID-19 to receive a note from their healthcare professional before returning to school.
It’s important to remember that the health and safety protocols in place in all our buildings—including wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and daily cleaning/sanitizing of facilities—were intentionally designed to mitigate the risk to students and staff in the event a positive case was identified.
Everyone in our school community should continue to monitor for any COVID-related symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, and other symptoms outlined on the CDC website. Stay home when not feeling well, and contact your healthcare provider if you or your child exhibit any of these symptoms.
The health and safety of our students and staff is our number one priority. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures. We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as needed.
Dr. Teresa Prendergast
Superintendent of Schools
Information & Resources
Great Neck school officials will continue to abide by all guidance provided by the Governor's Office, the New York State Education Department (NYSED), New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Nassau County Department of Health (DOH), and the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Information and guidance from these sources remain fluid, and the District will provide updates to our school community as they become available.